Waking up early, even during weekends, has been the key of success for many prominent leaders. In the book “What the most successful people do before breakfast” written by Laura Vanderkam, she wrote about James Citrin (who co-leads North American Board) and CEO Practice Spencer Stuart who will exercise by 6 am, and uses morning time to reflect important priorities. Steve Reinemund, the former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo also was up at 5 am to run, pray and read. While Gretchen Rubin, the author of bestselling book The Happiness Project, gets up at 6 am and does prioritisation work and plan her day for scheduling and logistical activities. According to Roy F. Baumeister in his book with John Tierney, “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength” – when you wake up in the morning, your willpower is still at its freshest, thus you will be more likely to start new positive habits to improve yourself day by day. Small tweaks in your morning will result tremendous change when you do it overtime.
There are a lot of activities that many successful people do before 6 am that brings change to him/herself and their families, such as reading holy scriptures, meditating, writing books, working out, trying new recipes for cooking, cuddling with their kids, and just simply having early breakfast together.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said to bless his ummah: “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings (i.e. what they do early in the morning)” (Sunan Ibn Majah: http://sunnah.com/urn/1265550). You may compare the habit of those successful people in the world to what Muslims should do to start the day according to Qur’an:
“Perform the Salat (Prayer) from midday till the darkness of the night, and recite the Qur’an in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels).” [Qur’an 17:78]. Those successful people have found that meditating, exercising Yoga and reading verses of holy scriptures early in the morning has given great benefit during the day. This correlates to Muslims early morning prayers (Salat Subuh) and reciting our holy scriptures (The Koran). These acts seek guidance from Allah from the Qur’an, build our focus in Salat, and perform self-reflection in our Zikir to start our day.
So, let’s get up early to shine your day!