Waking up before 6:00am may sound like a nightmare for most people, but two former Navy SEAL officers are here to tell you otherwise.
Jocko Willink retired in 2010 after 20 years in the Navy SEALs, but he still gets up at 4:30am every day.
Having served as the commander of US Navy SEAL Team Three, Task Unit Bruiser, the most decorated unit of the Iraq War, he established a culture of discipline and responsibility that he calls ‘extreme ownership.’
And after one of his former platoon commanders, Leif Babin, left the SEALs in 2011, they formed Echelon Front, a leadership consulting firm, Business Insider reports. So to teach discipline, they stay disciplined themselves – starting as soon as they get out of bed.
Skip to 16:25 to hear why they wake up so early and want you to, too:
We're live with former Navy SEAL commanders Jocko Willink and Leif Babin discussing leadership & success
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In a video with Business Insider, Willink explained the first benefit of getting up early – making time for yourself:
Just on a practical side, if you wake up early in the morning — like at 4:30 in the morning — you’re going to have some free time to yourself to make things happen, to take care of things that are important to you. If you try and work out at 4:30 in the afternoon, how many people are going to chip away at that time? Your boss, your job, your work, your family, your other obligations that you might have. At 4:30 in the morning, all those people are asleep, so you can do whatever you want.
— Leif Babin (@LeifBabin) September 29, 2016
The other benefit? ‘Straight-up self-discipline’:
It’s not fun to get out of bed early in the morning. When the alarm goes off, it doesn’t sing you a song, it hits you in the head with a baseball bat. So how do you respond to that? Do you crawl underneath your covers and hide? Or do you get up, get aggressive, and attack the day?
Willink also makes a point about willpower, saying the more you use it, the stronger it gets. He also makes a point about cookies and beef jerky – though I’m not sure the point.
Get your alarms set, guys. Your willpower is waiting.