Most of my friends know that I’m, well, an early riser. That is probably putting it mildly. I like to bolt out of bed well before the crack of dawn. Usually sometime between 3am and 5am my eyes pop open. I used to fight it, cover my head with the pillow, toss and turn and try to fall back asleep. But one day, I decided not to even try fighting it. Resistance is futile and all that. So I soundlessly slipped out of bed. That morning, my perspective on life changed forever.

There is something profoundly sacred about the dark stillness of those early hours. The ritual of turning on some soft instrumental music, brewing my espresso, mindfully munching a handful of raw almonds. My movements are serene, unhurried, peace-filled. Every cell of my body is connecting with Spirit, opening with willingness to the possibilities that may be unfolding that day, and – most importantly – opening to what I’m being called to BE, DO or EXPERIENCE in this day. Sometimes, I don’t even see the day dawning as the light rises around me. Until suddenly I realize morning has broken. Always, though, I feel it. I feel the awakening of the day coursing through my veins as I move toward what it is I desire to create in my life, in every area. I sit, still, looking through my vision board book, reading my Personal Plan for the year, or simply outlining on paper my goals.

I know that rising “in the middle of the night” as some loved ones have referred to my habit isn’t for everyone. I also know that if you choose to rise just 10 minutes earlier, you can profoundly change the course of your life and the level of prosperity in your life.

Leo Babauta (zenhabits.net) wrote one of my favorite reasons for getting up early….Goal time. Here’s what he had to say about this topic:

“Got goals? Well, you should. And there’s no better time to review them and plan for them and do your goal tasks than first thing. You should have one goal that you want to accomplish this week. And every morning, you should decide what one thing you can do today to move yourself further towards that goal. And then, if possible, do that first thing in the morning.”

Start there, in that singular place. One goal. Ten minutes. Rise up…