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What does every man struggle to find?

Time.

You have no time for family, no time for yourself, and no time for your goals…

What if I told you that waking up an hour earlier could change that?

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That’s what I did. I woke up at 4 AM every day for a week.

Was it exhausting? Was it tedious? Did I hate myself?

Stick around, gentlemen. The answer might surprise you.

 

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What Waking Up Early Did For Me:

  1. Waking up early gave me 3 extra hours
  2. Waking up early gave me more time to exercise
  3. It gave me more time to plan
  4. It let me Wake my wife up with coffee
  5. Waking up early gave me a daily breakfast routine
  6. Waking up early helped my business
  7. It let me quit work early

 

1. Waking Up Early Gave Me 3 Extra Hours

Speaking of head starts, waking up this early put me ahead of the game.

It gave me an extra 3 hours to do whatever the heck I wanted… That’s 20 hours a week!

What can you do with that time? If you’re the guy that jumps out of bed and gets right to work, more power to you.

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I went to bed at around 8 PM. The result was 3 extra hours in my morning.

But if you just want some time to sit back with a cup of coffee and catch up on a show, you have time for that too.

Tom Ford wakes up early to simmer in a bathtub with coffee. If he can do it, so can you.

The point I’m trying to make is that waking up early empowered me. My daily schedule was set, so this was strictly Antonio’s time.

Want to know how to start waking up early? Schedule 8 hours of sleep.

Don’t go to bed at midnight expecting to be chipper at 4 AM. This is where sleep tracking comes in handy. Sleep Cycle tells you exactly how long you spent in bed, so you can adjust accordingly.

 

2. Waking Up Early Gave Me More Time To Exercise

Countless studies have shown that the best time to work out is in the mornings. Your body’s cortisol is higher in the mornings, meaning you’re more alert.

You also lose weight faster if you work out before breakfast.

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Waking up early gave me the power to exercise as much (or as little) as I wanted.

Science aside, I felt good about it. When I hit the gym at 5:30, I was already awake for over an hour. My energy levels were up.

I ran 21 miles over the course of a week. I was even able to do Yoga (I usually have to pick between them). The best part was that I didn’t even need to rush.

When it came to exercise, waking up early at 4 AM left me with no excuses.

 

3. Waking Up Early Gave Me More Time To Plan

Waking up at 4 AM gave me time to catch up on journalling. I was able to sit down, open a notebook, and write down my plans.

This can be incredibly valuable to men. The act of taking ideas out of your head and putting them on paper helps you focus on key goals.

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It also makes you question whether or not you’re on the right path because you are synthesizing your thoughts.

When it came to me, journalling was essential in planning out a schedule that honed in on what mattered while cutting out the fat.

 

4.  Waking Up My Wife With Coffee & A Kiss

My wife wakes up at 6 AM each morning. One advantage of waking up at 4 was that I could have everything ready to give her the best morning possible.

Every day, she woke up to a steaming fresh cup of coffee and a good-morning kiss. It set up a positive vibe for both of us going forward.

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Seeing the smile on my wife’s face each morning was its own reward.

We always made time for each other in the mornings, but now we could ease into that routine. There was no concern over time constraints. She and I could just sit, sip…

And enjoy each other’s company.

 

5. Waking Up Early Gave Me A Daily Breakfast Routine

Waking up early at 4 AM guaranteed breakfast every day.

Rising late destabilizes your eating schedule. Studies show time and again that people who get up earlier are more likely to make better dietary decisions.

Why? They have more time to prepare.

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Without a wiggle room, you are reactionary. You always rush to find sustenance where you can – most often from a vending machine.

The problem was that I wasn’t hungry in the mornings. I paid for it for the rest of the day, though, with hunger pains.

By around 7 AM, I was already up for 3 hours – and I worked out. I was starving!

It prompted me to cook a healthy breakfast every day. It was mostly eggs, but I threw in a steak every once in a while.

 

6. Waking Up Early Helped My Business

How did tracking my sleep and waking up early help Real Men Real Style?

Consider for a moment that I have a global team.

The men and women that help my company live in The Philipines, Ukraine, Budapest, Georgia, and Florida.

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Waking up at 4 AM meant that I caught up with my team no matter where they lived.

Getting in touch with them all was a constant challenge. I can’t tell you how many times I had to wait because a large portion of my team was already in bed.

From 4 AM I was able to run sprints and knock out critical company objectives. It got us way ahead of schedule.

This kind of energy was only possible because I was able to track my sleep. I took on a healthy bedtime routine for maximum productivity.

 

7. Waking Up Early Let Me Go HOME Early

I start working at 8 AM every day. That hasn’t changed.

What HAS changed is my momentum.

Filming videos takes a lot of work. It takes 3-4 hours to get the best footage out. I used to do it in the late afternoon… and it was exhausting.

I wouldn’t get home until 6 PM. I missed dinner with my family, and I didn’t have time to do anything but wait until the next day.

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Leaving the office early allowed me to spend quality time with my family and finish a few home projects.

With everything done early in the morning, I was able to knock filming out by 2 PM. You heard me right… I was home by 3, and that was it.

The rest of the day was spent either relaxing with my family or getting ahead on home projects. Within a week, my porch was fixed, my gutters were cleaned, and I built a swing set for my daughter.

As you gentlemen know, I value my home and my family above just about everything.

Having this bit of quality time made me immensely happy.

 

Waking Up Early Is A Life-Saver

  1. Waking up early gave me 3 extra hours
  2. Waking up early gave me more time to exercise
  3. It gave me more time to plan
  4. It let me Wake my wife up with coffee
  5. Waking up early gave me a daily breakfast routine
  6. Waking up early helped my business
  7. It let me quit work early

Am I going to keep rising at 4 AM? The answer is no. I’m reverting to my 5 AM schedule.

That being said, I will take the lessons I learned from waking up so early. The bottom line is discipline.

If I stay the course each morning, I can accomplish approximately 90% of what I did waking up at 4 AM.

I hope this little experiment taught you guys a little something as well. If you’re up at 8, 9, or 10 AM  every day, you’re robbing yourself of time. You’ll struggle to reach your goals, relax, or even exercise in peace.

Take it from me, gents. Those extra hours are worth it.

 

This article is brought to you by Sleep Cycle – the sleeping app dedicated to making sure you wake up rested every single day. Sleep Cycle analyzes your sleeping patterns, turning raw data into easy-to-read information tailored to you. Not only will they show you what your habits are, but they’ll help you develop a solid sleeping routine. 

Master your sleep and make time for what matters.  Click here to try Sleep Cycle and get your first week of premium absolutely free.

 

 

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Failures in Business: The Unseen Stepping Stones to Success

Equally significant is the need for businesses to remain vigilant about broader shifts in both domestic and global markets. Macro factors, whether they’re economic trends, geopolitical events, or emerging global challenges, can have profound ripple effects, impacting even the most niche industries. By staying abreast of these larger market dynamics, businesses can better anticipate risks, adapt to challenges, and capitalize on new opportunities. In an ever-globalizing world, the ability to navigate both the nuances of one’s immediate market and the broader global shifts is what separates thriving enterprises from those that falter.

TACTICAL Takeaway: Stay sharp and monitor your industry’s trends. When things shift, being ahead in understanding consumer habits offers you the flexibility to adjust and succeed. Things can change rapidly and the sooner you have insight into consumer behavior changes, the more opportunities you have to pivot.

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The sports nutrition industry is an interesting, fast-paced vertical where what’s old can quickly become new again but also what worked yesterday likely won’t work tomorrow.

It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s spot-on. Take creatine as an example. It hit the shelves in the early 1990s and quickly became a hit. Yet, a decade later, its demand had waned. Jump another decade to today, and it’s back more popular than ever.

TACTICAL Takeaway: The key for businesses is knowing when to go all-in on a product and when to ease off, as it’s the ever-changing consumer market that truly drives demand.

Never Rest On Your Laurels

Just because something “has always worked” doesn’t mean it’s going to continue to work (or continue to work as efficiently).

In the dynamic world of business, the saying “never rest on your laurels” holds more truth than ever. What propelled a company to success yesterday might not necessarily be the formula for its tomorrow’s success. Market demands, technological innovations, and consumer preferences are in a perpetual state of evolution. While a particular strategy or product might have been a game-changer at one point, there’s no guarantee that it will remain relevant or effective in the future. This inherent unpredictability underscores the need for adaptability and forward-thinking in any business endeavor.

This reality pushes companies to be proactive, always forecasting and adjusting to the next potential shift. Relying solely on past successes can lull businesses into complacency, risking obsolescence in the face of changing tides.

TACTICAL Takeaway: To remain competitive and relevant, businesses need to cultivate a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and agility. In essence, the past can inform and guide, but it’s the vision and readiness for the future that will determine enduring success.

Embracing The Journey

To any entrepreneur reading this: the road to success is rarely a straight one. At times, it may seem like every decision leads to a dead end. But remember, every misstep is an opportunity to learn, grow, and pivot.

The trials you face in business are not meant to discourage you. Instead, they are meant to shape you, refine your vision, and improve your strategy. As the age-old adage goes, “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” It’s the challenges that will arm you with the experience and resilience necessary for long-term success.

So, the next time you face a setback, remember that your next big success could be just around the corner. Embrace failure as a part of the process, learn from your mistakes, and continue pushing forward with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey. With so much time spent working and navigating challenges, it’s essential to find joy and have fun along the way.

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Negativity Is a Losing Mindset

By Marc Lobliner

CMO Tigerfitness.com

‘A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.’

I coach my son’s U11 football team. I am just the line coach, but the dudes who coach with me are also in the same mindset as I am.

Positivity wins.

Let’s start off with last weekend’s game.

It’s 0-0, the opening kickoff is a short one and we fall on it.

You can hear our coaches getting our kids fired up and getting the offense ready for play. POSITIVE statements. A lot of “Let’s Go!” and energy.

On the other sideline, you hear the coaches angrily yelling at their players for the execution of the kick.

First play from scrimmage, our line makes every block and opens the outside for our running back to score.

You hear their coaches furiously yelling as we celebrate.

We celebrated and our fullback punched in the extra point.

After the kickoff, our defense held them to four and out. We got the ball again, touchdown. Extra point good.

14-0 in two offensive plays.s

Their coaches were still mad. Angry. Yelling.

We smiled, encouraged our kids, and ended up with a 42-0 mercy-rule win.

Our players are awesome, but not the biggest, not the fastest, not the strongest.

It’s all about culture and what you’re playing for.

We demand a lot of our athletes. Learn your plays, DO YOUR JOB, and we will win.

Every Tuesday after we win, I buy my linemen doughnuts and give them to everyone, telling them that a random lineman (changes weekly) said everyone deserves doughnuts. We don’t punish every mistake with extra running and up-downs. We focus on what we do RIGHT, and not what we do wrong.

The other game one of my linemen got called for a hold. He came off the field expecting to be scolded. I put my arm around him and said, “What happened?” He explained it and then I said, “You’re better than that guy, you don’t need to hold. Show the world how dominant you are!” He didn’t get one call the rest of the game and crushed it.

This is also my management style at work. Managers are usually garbage. You can do 1,000 things right and you mess up once and your manager attacks you.

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THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO MANAGE!

Employees typically respond better to positivity, and numerous studies have found that positive reinforcement and a positive work environment can significantly improve employee motivation, performance, and well-being. Here are some reasons why, supported by various studies:

Increased Productivity: According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick, happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive. The research shows that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity.

Better Decision-Making Abilities: Research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center found that individuals who were induced to feel positive emotions were better at problem-solving and making decisions than those in a neutral state.

Boosts Creativity: Positive emotions widen attention and allow people to think more broadly and openly. This is discussed in the “broaden-and-build theory” by Barbara Fredrickson, which suggests that positive emotions broaden an individual’s momentary thought-action repertoires.

Enhanced Team Collaboration: A study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory found that teams that communicate effectively, with members actively reaching out and connecting with all other team members, were more successful. Positive interactions contribute to this dynamic.

Reduced Employee Turnover: According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a positive work environment and culture encourages employees to stay longer in their jobs, thus reducing turnover rates. This is KEY at Tigerfitness.com where our staff has mostly been there for 5+ years!

Better Health & Well-being: A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that positive work environments and low job stress are linked to better health outcomes for employees, which in turn can lead to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

Increased Engagement: According to Gallup, workers who are engaged and have high well-being are more likely to be attached to their organizations and are more productive.

Enhanced Learning & Flexibility: Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that positive emotions can facilitate adaptive thinking and flexibility in cognitive processing. This helps employees adapt to new situations and learn more effectively.

Higher Levels of Satisfaction: A study by BrightHR found that happiness is a key indicator of job satisfaction. Happy employees are more likely to report high levels of satisfaction with their jobs than those who report low levels of happiness.

Creates a Positive Feedback Loop: A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology found that experiencing positive emotions leads to higher levels of resilience, which in turn leads to increased positive emotions. This positive feedback loop has a myriad of beneficial effects in the workplace.

How about parenting?

Same thing. PRAISE YOUR CHILD! Make sure they know you love them. While bad behavior should be addressed, be sure to also reward good behavior. Kid had a good day at school? Get him ice cream! Tell him you love him. Say you’re proud of him.

As my mother said, “You catch more flies with honey than with crap.”

And one can’t deny the lifelong impact of a good coach. As the sign in the office says, “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”

Be positive and be a winner!

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