DJ 054

Small Wins

Yesterday I woke up at around 8am. Today I woke up, got out of bed and hit the alarm at 6:30 and went about with my morning routine. I got around 4.5 to 5 hours of sleep. Didn’t even realize I had that alarm set on my phone but after reading this quote from retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink on reddit the night before, hitting the snooze was not an option.

The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day. The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win — you pass the test. If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail. Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions. But if you exercise discipline, that too translates to more substantial elements of your life ...

I would usually have multiple alarms set by the hour in the morning because I know that getting out of bed, not waking up, in the early morning has been a struggle for me ever since I could remember. Coming from a family of night owls, getting up at 6am never sounded enticing to me.

Well, time to get uncomfortable. I know that’s where growth starts. Even though lack of sleep was catching up to me by my 4pm class, it still felt like one of the more productive days I’ve had yet.

Lesson of the day: Small wins add up.