Read: Why this retired Navy SEAL commander has 3 alarm clocks and wakes up at 4:30 a.m.

Are you one of those TL:DR kind of people?Here’s the spoiler, right to the point:

“Discipline starts every day when the first alarm clock goes off in the morning,” he writes. “I say ‘first alarm clock’ because I have three, as I was taught by one of the most feared and respected instructors in SEAL training: one electric, one battery powered, one windup. That way, there is no excuse for not getting out of bed, especially with all that rests on that decisive moment.”


If you’re like me, the 1st alarm to the 5th are individual instruments. As I snooze each one of them, they eventually compound and come in together as one huge orchestra that will Beethovan (depending on the ring tone) me out of bed. I know, I know, I’ve read a few articles online about how the more right-minded people tend to bust deadlines and be late (even if their work is really really really really awesome) so why the need to be on time? In fact, I’m more inclined to be right-minded. Okay, I bust deadlines, but I’m not really really really really awesome.

A few of my thoughts:

    1. No, it doesn’t mean you wake up at 4.30am and walk around aimlessly, only to be tired and take a nap at 8.30am.
    2. I don’t like people who bust deadlines, because sometimes I really need the stuff at that moment. That being said, I sometimes ask myself, would I like to work with me? Oh dear, ohhhhhhh dearrrrrrr, omg omg omg.
    3. I once rushed a 3,000 (or was it a 10,000? maybe both…) word essay overnight. It didn’t end well.
    4. Being late is not always about you, but the persons waiting for you to finish your work. I’d use the snowball analogy, how it all accumulates, but it really feels more like an avalanche?
    5. It’s a problem that runs deeper. Maybe, I’m handing in stuff late because I’m not efficient and effective in managing my time. Maybe, it’s because I didn’t give space for other things to crop up. Maybe, I gave myself too much slack.
    6. My character is more important than my reputation. Don’t promise everything because you want to be perfect. But don’t be a slacker and promise nothing. It’s a fine line balancing being nice and saying ‘yes’ to everyone, versus stretching yourself to do more. Some people say no to everything, some people say yes to all. Know where you are on the spectrum and work on that.
    7. Pastor How taught us in HOGC that youths are excellence-in-progress. If you’re like me, you may not nail being early immediately. But that doesn’t mean you stop trying.

The victories always start small, and starts with that one decisive moment. Ring! Ok, set, gonna try this tomorrow.

P.s. Remember, it’s deadline not dateline. If you miss it, you’re DEAD.