In 2011, Garrain Jones was 40 pounds overweight and living out of his car in California. Today, he runs a seven-figure coaching business, has spoken in 32 countries and is about to release his new book Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life.
Jones’s journey from the backseat of his car to the stage started with studying how successful entrepreneurs spend their days. He was surprised to find they often rise between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m.
For example, Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, rises at 4:30 a.m. Adams said about his early morning routine, “Typically speaking I’m happiest, smartest, most creative and most optimistic between the hours of 4 and 8.”
Similarly, Virgin founder Richard Branson rises about 5:00 a.m., while Apple CEO Tim Cook rises about 3:45 a.m.
So Jones started rising early too. After he found employment, he began training for a triathlon, but he didn’t have enough hours in his day for both.
“One day I was in my car. I started the engine, and it took ten times the velocity in starting the engine before it settled into the drive,” he said.
“I started thinking about what stimulates me. So if I was a car, how would I start my engine in the morning?”
Jones is a big believer in the power of self-reflection, too. He broke his key physical, mental and entrepreneurial pursuits down into 30 items on a list, which he reviewed each night before bed.
“I put everything on the list that’s connected to my mind, my body, my spirit,” he said. “Whether it was jumping jacks to increase the serotonin, whether it’s doing push-ups and calling ten people to acknowledge them for an impact that they made in my life. I had about 30 things on that list.”
Jones used the first hour of his day to train for a triathlon and later to start a coaching and speaking business. After that, he branded his early morning routine “Panda Power Hour,” a metaphor drawn from his childhood.
“When I was a little kid, my mom said I used to cry a lot. She said when I saw a panda on the TV screen, I’d stop crying. Then, she got a [toy panda]. Every time I…