This 3-minute video was originally shot in Aracaju, Brazil January 2018. That’s when I decided to join and start a 5 am club.

Getting up early to walk along a gorgeous beach first thing in the morning is EASY.

My commitment to start the day super early had proven to be a bit of a challenge once I arrived back home to the cold Toronto winter. The right environment has a tremendous impact on your willpower (or lack of it). By February I adjusted my schedule to a 6 am rise.

I know once the beautiful summer weather hits and I’m living on my sailboat at Toronto Island getting up at 5 am to cycle along the sunrise boardwalk, journal and read will be a breeze!

Here’s a slightly adapted transcript from that video — enjoy!

Hey, I just want to send you guys a message and say have a fantastic day. Today was the first day of a challenge that was placed to me to get up at five o’clock in the morning. 

20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of journaling, and 20 minutes of professional development reading (20/20/20).

I got up this morning at five and walked along the beach here in Brazil for five miles, did a bunch of exercises, swam, came back, did 20 laps in the pool, had a nice breakfast, did some journal entry writing.

And it was day one, and I felt fantastic.

Maybe you want to join me at the five a.m. club? 

This is a cool concept that says you start your day particular routines. There’s a whole philosophy behind it, and process that I’m not going to get into right now other than to say that this was day one for me of my forever five a.m. Challenge and I feel great.

I don’t know at this point if I will be able to keep getting up at 5. I think I am. The goal that I’ve committed to is to do this for the next 66 days.

In fact, we typically think that it’s 21 days to develop a habit, but some of the latest material that I’ve been introduced to says that it takes around 66 days to form new habits.

I’ve committed to getting up between five or five-thirty. See I’m already weaselling out of it and have added a half hour. (Laugh)

Let me back up. I’ve committed to getting up at five a.m. every single day for the next 66 days, at least five days a week. I probably can have one day where I don’t do it. (See I’m still making excuses).

But anyway, even if I cheat half that goal, I will have catapulted myself in leaps and bounds.

This year is about taking your stuff to the next level. It’s about 52 weeks of momentum for you and for me.

It is possible to do what matters, to live, work, play, and love on your own terms. Thanks. Love you guys.

With lots of Love,

Dan Trepanier

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