Ultra Commitments

I once asked a world class educationalist and thesis supervisor for any insights into keeping ‘the A game’ going. The reason for the question. I had just started out on a new master’s dissertation and was seeking ways to be far more consistent.

His response was so deep! Here is more or less how the conversation went…

Sean: “I’m really struggling right now to keep it consistent on the studies. Do you perhaps have any insights into what I could test out to grow my consistency…how do you do it, that is, be so prolific and consistent?”

Supervisor “I wake up every day at 4.00 am.”

Sean: “What about weekends?”

Supervisor: “Everyday”

Sean: “And public holidays?”

Supervisor: “Everyday”

Sean: “And birthdays and celebrations?”

Supervisor: (Louder voice now!) “Everyday”

Travis Macy who is a world class professional endurance athlete calls it the ‘4.30 a.m. Rule’

Here is what he says in his book ‘The Ultra Mindset’

“When the alarm goes off at 4.30 a.m., literally or figuratively, get up and take action. You committed ahead of time, and whether or not you feel like doing it (whatever “it” may be) in the moment doesn’t really matter if you’re working toward something aligned with your higher purposes in life. 4.30 a.m. moments happen all the time, and the more you follow through on previous commitments when push comes to shove, the easier it becomes to do regularly."

Waking up ‘literally’ at 4.30 am is not the point here.

The point is to catch your moments of potential regularly.

How’s your level of commitment to your studies right now?


With Arete,


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