The 5 AM Club is a fictional tale of 3 people: the billionaire Stone Riley (entrepreneur, artist), and a character called Spellbinder (character who appears in an extended role). It’s all about making the most of your mornings by getting up at 5 AM every day.
The information is valuable, even though the storytelling might not be for you. The podcast is essentially a collection of all the insights, formulas, ideas, frameworks, and lessons Robin Sharma discusses in his podcast, videos, and many more. It all comes together in a cohesive way to provide a better learning experience.
Sharma created the concept of “The 5 AM Club” over 20 years ago. This book is based upon a revolutionary morning routine which has helped his clients optimize their productivity, performance, health, and jumpstart their lives.
Robin Sharma is a renowned author and one of the most respected leadership experts in the world. His work has been embraced by celebrities, royalty, billionaires, and CEOs of celebrity companies.
Robin Sharma Foundation for Children was founded by Robin Sharma, a registered charity foundation. Robin is passionate about helping children in poverty live happier and healthier lives. A portion of the royalties from every sale of The 5AM Club goes to children living with leprosy. They win when you win.
Lessons I learned from 5 Am Club
1. Build Habit
Three stages are required to build a new habit. The first stage of a new habit is Destruction. The second stage is Installation. And the third stage, Integration.
It takes about 66 days to complete the entire process. Based on research conducted at University College London, this figure is approximately 66 days.
It is similar to overcoming inertia that the first step of creating a new habit Destruction is. We need to invest a lot of energy at the beginning to change our old patterns and rewire ourselves brains. Mel Robbins calls this activation energy in her book The Five Second Rule.
It is very similar to the launch a rocket ship. The space shuttle consumes more fuel within the first sixty seconds of liftoff than it does over its entire orbit around Earth. This is because it must overcome gravity and reach escape velocity. The space shuttle glides smoothly once momentum kicks in. Similar to the space shuttle, we must overcome our deeply ingrained habits, dominant states of action-taking, and battle our own forces to gravity until escape velocity kicks into effect and we can gain momentum.
The Installation stage, also known as the “messy middle”, is the second stage. It’s almost like an internal renovation. The old foundations that were established are further torn away so that new, better ones can be built. This stage is where you’ll feel overwhelmed, frustrated, confused, and stressed. This stage is where you will be fighting your inner demons. However, it is necessary to win. The Spellbinder said, “To upgrade to greatness, you must annihilate your weakness.” This is the time to unleash the true warrior in you.
Integration is the final stage. This is when everything comes together. You will become more skilled and in touch with your Higher Self as you move into this stage. This is the time for success. The new habit you have been creating combines all the hard work, sacrifice, and suffering. It integrates on a mental, spiritual, and emotional level. This is your new reality.
It locks automatically at the Automaticity Point, which is around the sixty-six day mark.
This framework can teach us a powerful lesson:All change is messy at first but beautiful at the end.
We’ll build the habits necessary to mastery and unlock our true potential if we remain strong and persistent throughout the process.
2. 20/20/20 Formula
The learning model consists of three pockets that last twenty minutes each. The first pocket asks you Move. You can Reflect in the second pocket. The third pocket will allow you Grow.
Robin Sharma refers to this whole 60-minute period Victory Hour. Let’s take a look at these three 20-minute pockets.
From 5.00 to 5.20 am, #1 is for exercise. It can make a huge difference to start your day with some physical training. Mornings are when cortisol levels, the hormone of fear and anxiety, are at their highest. Even if we only exercise for 20 minutes, our cortisol levels are significantly lower when we do vigorous exercise. When we sweat and work out hard, we release brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF) which boosts brain power for the next day. Dopamine and serotonin levels are also elevated, which can improve our mood, drive, and happiness.
You can do any exercise that makes you sweat, such as running, jumping jacks, burpees, or dancing to Zumba.
Exercise stimulates the natural pharmacy within us that allows us to mastery and increases our focus, productivity and confidence. It makes us feel calmer and more peaceful.
#2 is for contemplating and reflecting between 5.20am and 5.40am. This section is for deep reflection and contemplation before the chaos of the day begins and your responsibilities take control. This is a time to reflect and be intentional about your future and the way you want to behave in the coming day. In this age of constant noise and distractions, the pocket is a gift you can give yourself.
You can also use this time to visualise, plan your ideal day ahead and journal. This is known as the Daily Diary. Journaling can be a wonderful way to release any anger, frustrations or resentments. You can also meditate in this second pocket. Meditation can help us focus better, keep our natural power strong, and maintain our inner peace and calm. Overall, Pocket#2 is a great tool to help you prepare for your day and allows you to find some calm and peace so you can respond to any challenges or commitments in a calm manner, rather than reacting to them.
#3 is dedicated to personal growth and self-education. It runs from 5.40 AM to 6.00 AM. This section is for expanding our knowledge base and improving our expertise. This last pocket is dedicated to becoming more valuable to the industry and to the wider world. We must invest in ourselves to ensure that we are able to achieve lasting success. Jim Rohn explains that success is not something to be sought, but rather, it is to attract the person you are.
This pocket allows us to read, listen to podcasts or audiobooks, and learn about the lives of successful people. This is a great time to study human psychology, innovation and leadership. We will be able improve the quality of our services and increase our income.
These three pockets can be beautifully summarized in the book’s framework, ‘The 20/20/20 Formula Deconstruction.
It’s now time to go to bed.
3. Importance of Sleep
Deep sleep is essential for creativity, peak productivity, exceptional performance, and increased creativity. We won’t be able To Execute the 20/20/20 Formula if we don’t get enough sleep. A flawless performance requires a delicate balance between mastering our morning routine and optimizing our evening routine.
A wave of global sleep deprivation is sweeping the globe. It’s also known as the ‘ferocious global recession’. This is due to the advancements in the Internet, social media and video-streaming platforms, as well as the increased absorption of our devices. The amount of melatonin in our bodies is being reduced by the blue light from our TVs, smartphones, tablets, computers, and computers, according to research. The chemical that signals our bodies that it is time for sleep is melatonin. Our cognitive function is affected by our constant use of our smartphones. Additionally, increased screen time before bed can cause sleep dysfunction and negatively affect our circadian rhythm.
It’s very difficult to get up in the morning if we don’t go to bed at the right time and sleep enough. It also affects our work performance, productivity, and happiness.
Five complete ninety-minute sleep cycles are required to achieve optimal levels of productivity, creativity, and longevity. This is seven and a quarter hours each night. Research also shows that not only is sleep deprivation dangerous for our health, but that excessive sleeping, which can last up to nine hours per night, also negatively impacts our lives.
It is best to create our own pre-sleep rituals that will help us prepare for bedtime, and stay asleep for the long-term. The book contains a great resource called ‘The Presleep Ritual of Iconic Producers Deconstruction’.
These are the key takeaways of The Five AM Club by Robin Sharma.
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