4:15 AM

Recently, I read Jocko Willink‘s “Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual” and, after being so pumped I did a 1000 push-ups, I decided, starting at the beginning of the year, I would begin waking up early every day. Of course Jocko would’ve asked why I didn’t start right away, as his book suggests; I have no answer or excuse for that. Well, it’s been a week, and I have to say I’m still getting used to the idea. The first couple days weren’t too bad. The middle of the week a tougher due to not getting to bed until 11:00 PM. Thursday, through pure exhaustion really, I went to bed between 10:30-10:40 PM and that seemed to help; that extra thirty-five minutes seemed to help. Odd really, but there it is. The main thing is I stuck with it. Granted, it’s only been a week, but it’s when you start something new that it’s the most difficult to stick with it. That’s where, wait for it, discipline comes in. Plus, I don’t want Jocko showing up at 4:20 AM telling me to get up; as if; if you’ve seen Jocko, you’d understand what a scary proposition that would be. I kid.

The jury’s still out as whether this will amount to anything, but think I can keep it going. My body (and mind) will eventually adjust to the new schedule.

One note about the book: If you’ve seen any of Jocko’s YouTube videos or just about any so-called motivation video on YouTube with Jocko featured, a lot of the book will sound vaguely familiar. But what the videos don’t have are the workouts he describes in the book. I personally don’t do those workouts, but have my own that work for me. So, there’s that.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Trigger Warning: Christmas

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