When thinking about the most important ingredient for success, words like determination, persistent, hard-worker, focused, consistent and others come to mind. How about sleep?
That isn't typically a word that is associated with success, but it might be the most important ingredient. It is definitely the most underrated ingredient.
You see, without sleep -- well, without the proper amount, that is -- a person won't be able to operate at 100 percent. Being tired is a disadvantage, a disadvantage that is easily avoidable if you stick to a proper schedule that includes a bedtime ritual and morning routine.
Have you ever been so tired that you couldn't function? Of course you have. Everyone has at one time or another. During this time, there is no way you can do your best work. In some cases, your mind might not be able to focus on work at all, and production likely takes a hit. As a result, the day might be considered a wash, and that is not how you achieve a massive amount of success.
According to sleep.org, "going just 19 hours without sleep can compromise your speed and accuracy on tests of judgment and motor reaction time as much as if you were legally drunk."
Basically, being sleep deprived could be considered the same thing as being intoxicated. Would you go to work drunk? Would you drive drunk? Of course not.
When we are sleeping, our minds, bodies and souls are literally recharging, and this process is necessary for a quality life. Without sleep, we would die -- it is really that simple.
If we are sleep deprived, we literally cannot perform at our highest levels. You're not as alert and likely not as focused. Depending on what your job is, this can be very harmful. After all, if you are dealing with heavy machinery, you have to be on your A game if you plan on making safety a top priority.
When it comes to the business world, your presentation likely won't go according to plan if you only slept a few hours the night before. Heck, the amount of sleep you got could be just as important as the amount of time you prepared for the presentation. Why? Well, if you slept for eight hours or so (or however much you need), then you are likely sharp, alert and aware of what is going on. If you prepared for many hours but are sleep deprived, you might forget what you are even talking about during the presentation. The mind is very interesting like that, which is why sleep should be a top priority.
We can prepare all we want, but the final -- and perhaps most important -- step is getting a good night's rest.
Therefore, the next time you plan on staying up late, just think about what minimal sleep is actually doing to your mind and body. If all else fails, just remember that you likely aren't going to be in an amazing mood if you are sleep deprived. That, combined with everything above, should make you want to get a good night's rest every single night.
If you are trying to achieve a massive amount of success, it's okay to take shortcuts, but make sure you aren't taking said shortcuts in the sleep department. Believe it or not, sleep is the most important ingredient when it comes to success.