Even if you don’t particularly care for quotes and think they’re cheesy like I do, there are certain ones that somehow seek you out (not the other way around) and resonate with your soul. For me, this is one of those quotes.
Life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more.-Unknown
Here’s a shareable image I made with the quote. Feel free to download it, pin it on Pinterest, or print it out. It’s a great way to remind yourself every day about why you should get up early.
Btw, I recently published an epic blog post containing 125 morning motivational quotes that you won’t want to miss!
Motivation Sucks, but This Quote Gets You Out of Bed Early
Or at least it has that effect on me…
Believe me, I don’t go scanning my Instagram feed looking for motivational quotes. I don’t even use Instagram at the time of this writing because I find it to be a productivity and family time killer. But I digress…
Like I said in this post, motivation is useless. Or as Mel Robbins would say: motivation is garbage! In fact, if you have about an hour to spare, watch this video where she tells Tom Bilyeu all about why motivation is garbage:
Hopefully you watched the whole video, or at least part of it. Amazing, right?
What’s So Great About This Quote?
Now back to the quote, since I sort of went off on a Mel Robbins tangent. This quote, by some unknown master of life, precisely sums up why I get up early and why I love mornings.
Getting up before pretty much everyone else makes me feel as if I’m really living, as if I’m one with the sunrise, the ocean waves, and the fresh morning air. There are no people interrupting my thoughts or distracting me from my oneness with nature.
It’s just me and the world, existing wholely, contently, and synergistically. It’s my time for forgetting all about the desires and demands of everyday life. That extra hour of life each morning is worth more to me than all the hours of the rest of my day combined.
This quote summarizes all that in one concise, heart-touching sentence.
Most days, I don’t want the early morning to end. Like the freak I am, after I had already been getting up early for a while and it was just an automatic thing for me to hop out of bed at the sound of the alarm, I started getting up just a little bit earlier so I could enjoy the peace and quiet for longer amounts of time.
How much extra time does one hour a day give you over the course of a lifetime?
Sometimes I like to run some numbers to justify to myself why I’m doing something, just to be certain that I wouldn’t be better off doing something else.
Is it really worth it to sacrifice an hour or more of sleep so I can stare at sunrises, or to do my writing and other personal projects?
Why yes, yes it is worth it!
Even if I get up just one hour earlier (which I don’t, it’s more like 2.5 to 3 hours early at this point, for me) and if I do this for 40 years, I would gain 1.67 YEARS of extra time to live my life awake.
Yeah, I did math at 6:00 in the morning. I would’ve rolled over in my bed a year ago…
Imagine what 1.67 extra years can get you. All of your excuses for not having time for yourself and other things that matter would suddenly be invalid.
Why Get Up Early?
Now listen, I don’t get up early because I’m some hyperproductive, workaholic CEO with no life outside of work who is firing off emails and barking orders at 0500 every morning. I get up early for me. I get up early so I can slow down the pace of my crazy life. I get up early to savor life, sip herbal tea, and contemplate God. More on that in an upcoming blog post.
Even if it’s just some random morning motivational quote that sparks your desire to start waking up early, that’s great! Go with it… Hang that random quote everywhere around your house and look at it every day. It’s often the little things in life that make the biggest difference.
If you can find your why, the getting up early part will be a piece of cake. I just wouldn’t recommend eating a piece of cake first thing in the morning. Unless it’s your birthday. 🙂