By design everyone in the world is supposed to be success-bound, but by choice some have backed out of this life-long trip. One of the basic reasons some abandon the journey is that they think that success is an event, and not a process.
From the ages past, success has always been a progressive realization of our God-directed predetermined goals. It is particularly very fulfilling if the success is all-round, that is, we make that steady progress in all the eight vital areas of our lives, namely, (i)spiritual (ii) educational/training (iii) career/work (iv) self-development (v)financial/business/investment (vi) family/relationships (vii) health, and (viii)physical/material.
I can make bold to say that we’re people of equal destiny, the differences in our results are a product of our individual levels of understanding and insight. If we mistakenly believe that life is unfair to us, or that God is unkind to us, and therefore limit ourselves, we cheat ourselves out of the best deal. Truth is, “The Lord is good to all…” (Psalm 145:9).
Today, we delve into one of the very fundamental secrets the most successful people use to record results that are astonishing. It is the way they use their nighttime.
A study that profiled the sleep routines of 21 very successful people showed the following results:
|SLEEP ROUTINE OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE|
|TIME OF GOING TO BED||TIME OF WAKING UP|
|5||9.30 p.m.||11||4.00 a.m.|
|18||10.00 p.m.||6||4.30 a.m.|
|9||10.30 p.m.||28||5.00 a.m.|
|32||11.00 p.m.||11||5.30 a.m.|
|5||11.30 p.m.||11||6.30 a.m.|
|5||12.00 a.m.||22||7.00 a.m.|
|18||1.00 a.m.||6||8.00 a.m.|
|5||3.00 a.m.||5||9.00 a.m.|
In the study, 14 percent of the successful people sleep an average of 4-5 hours a day; 32 percent, 5-6 hours a day; and 27 percent, 6-7 hours a day. That means that 73 percent of them sleep between 4 and 7 hours a day. Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, for instance, are said to sleep about 7 hours daily, while Richard Branson sleeps an average of 5-6 hours daily.
As clearly seen, most of the very successful people go to bed late and wake up very early. What do they use the nighttime for? What are their nighttime habits?
(1) They use it to organize the following day: Any great day starts the night before.Successful people know how important it is to plan the next day. So they utilize the nighttime to have the following day well planned out. They clarify their main goals and set out how to go about them. They do this before they go to bed.
Filiz Mehmedova suggests that before going to bed every evening, you should grab a planner or a notebook and write down your three most important goals for the next day. Why you’ve got to write them down in your journal or a to-do list is so that you remember them and stay focused.
(2) Successful people use their nighttime to look back and appraise how the day went:Byerica Florentine writes that the nighttime is the perfect time to reflect on the happenings of the day as to what went well, what went wrong, and how to correct the things that didn’t go well. As a matter of fact, you should use the night to improve upon the next morning.
(3) They invest quality time with the family: Family is so critical and crucial that if you fail in that front, you’ve failed in all. No amount of success at your work, business or profession can make up for failure at home. Successful people know this and spend their evenings with their families and loved ones.
Ideally, success is a night work that has day results. The night is the best time to contact essential knowledge, that’s why wise and successful people use it to their advantage. Psalm 19:2 is really an eye-opener, “Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.”
The implication is that night is the season for encountering and accessing knowledge (answers), but the day time is the season for declaring, manifesting, or using the knowledge you contacted in the night. So learn to make good use of the nighttime, while also ensuring that you rest well every night. After all, there’s research evidence that both too little sleep and too much sleep are linked to a number of health problems over time, and even to early mortality.
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