How To Get Life-Changing Clarity Within 90 Minutes Of Waking Up

The first 90 minutes of your day are crucial to everything that happens thereafter.

If you don’t produce something special during those first 90 minutes, chances are, your whole day will falter.

Here’s how you maximize those first 90 minutes of your day:

Make A “Cognitive Commitment” That You Will Produce A Result

You need to make a commitment to yourself that you will produce a result.

As a writer, the result for me is generally around publishing an article or getting some writing done.

What is the result that matters to you?

What would move you the direction you want to go?

Here are the keys to ensure you’ll produce a powerful result:

  • You need to make success CONVENIENT… meaning it’s your default option. You do that by setting things up the night before. For example, if you lay your clothes out the night before — the choice of what you’ll wear has already been made. Similarly, if you write down your morning goals, in past tense as though they’ve already been completed, you’ll be far more likely to do it. You’ll have already mentally committed — so the choice has already been made.

Regarding the last point just above, business professor and religious leader, David Bednar makes an important analogy. Here’s what he says:

In my office is a beautiful painting of a wheat field. The painting is a vast collection of individual brushstrokes — none of which in isolation is very interesting or impressive.

In fact, if you stand close to the canvas, all you can see is a mass of seemingly unrelated and unattractive streaks of yellow and gold and brown paint. However, as you gradually move away from the canvas, all of the individual brushstrokes combine together and produce a magnificent landscape of a wheat field.

Many ordinary, individual brushstrokes work together to create a captivating and beautiful painting.

Don’t focus on the results of a single day. Instead, focus on the big picture. However, it is through each individual brush stroke that a picture becomes beautiful. Similarly, the commitment to produce a result every single day is the key to creating a beautiful life.

If you produce a result during the first 90 minutes of your day, every single day, your life will look VERY VERY different from the lives of most people. Moreover — your ENTIRE day will look different, because you’ll have put first things first. You’ll have created a result — which produces confidence and clarity. Thus, the rest of your day will also be better because you’ll have set the tone for winning and congruence.

Most people’s mornings are far from optimal.

Very few people make tangible progress toward their dreams on a daily basis.

Develop A Ritual For Getting Into A Heightened State

There is some really cool research about how to develop your “epiphany ability.” The ability to generate epiphanies is something you can absolutely master in your life.

The scientific definition of an epiphany consistes of 3 crucial elements:

  • abandoning the old ineffective thoughts (i.e. breaking mental fixation);

During your first 90 minutes, your job is to get an epiphany and to then do something about that epiphany. We live in an age where creativity — or the ability to generate new insights and connections — is the #1 asset and skill. It’s not about the time and effort your put into your work, but rather, about your ability to think and produce better and differently than others that sets you apart.

If you can create epiphanies on a daily basis, and produce an output every single day, you will quickly become a master of your craft.

Eventually, your work will become known to the general public. Eventually, you’ll become so good at what you do that your work and your talents will not be able to be ignored.

Thus, you need to:

  • develop an expectation and commitment that you’ll get epiphanies on a daily basis

To enhance your epiphany ability, the following strategies are very helpful:

  • Don’t eat food during the first 90 minutes of your day — being in a fasted state is important for high cognitive and creative functioning


How you spend the first 90 minutes of your day will determine your success in life.

Each individual day shouldn’t be viewed in isolation — but instead, like the brush strokes of a beautiful painting — when they are all brought together in view — a beautiful life will appear.

It is your job during the first 90 minutes of your day to produce a result. You can become a creative master.

You can become world-class at what you do.

But you must be willing to fail on a daily-basis.

You must be committed to thinking deeply, to creating, to producing, and to putting something tangible into the world regularly. You miss every shot you don’t take. And every failure you produce is only taking you one step closer to your best work.

Focusing on results AND process is key. However, Being RESULTS-oriented should be your priority. When results are required, because your livelihood depends on it, then you will figure out and develop an optimized process.

Focusing on process over result is putting the cart before the horse. It’s an obsession with something that may not actually be moving you the right direction. Only practitioners — those with “skin in the game” who are focused on results — generate the processes that are simple enough to actually work.

When the WHY is strong enough, you’ll figure out how. You must then make a cognitive commitment and create the expectation — both internal and external — that you will produce a result.


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