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053: Being Early To Rise Gets You Much More Than A Worm: Craig Ballantyne

Being Early To Rise Gets You Much More Than A Worm

It’s no secret that so many productive people are very early risers. I certainly am. But, getting up early is just part of starting that perfect day formula. What you do first thing in the morning is what sets the pace for your entire day. Are you going to get started in proactive mode or reactive mode? Craig Ballantyne has a few amazing suggestions.

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Craig Ballantyne is a Productivity & Success Transformation Coach from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life.

He has been a contributor to Men’s Health magazine since 2000, and his articles have also appeared in Women’s Health, Oxygen, GQ, Maxim, National Geographic, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness Hers, amongst many others. His articles have also been featured on,, and

the-perfect-day-formulaIn 2001, Craig created the popular home workout program, Turbulence Training, and in 2013 he created the Home Workout Revolution bodyweight exercise program. Over 100,000 men and women have used his 6 Minutes to Skinny weight loss system since 2014. 

Craig is also the founder of the Certified Turbulence Training Program, certifying trainers from all corners of the globe. He holds an annual Turbulence Training Summit every year for fitness experts to become better trainers and get more clients so they make more money and live the Perfect Life.

Craig’s online success has led him to create books and a coaching program to show other gurus how to take their ideas and help thousands of people. He holds seminars around the world, and he teaches at the annual camp every summer in Lithuania.

Craig has had to overcome many obstacles on his journey to success, and his toughest battle was fighting crippling anxiety attacks. He finally discovered how to beat them with his 5 Pillars of Transformation, and today Craig shows men and women how to use the 5 Pillars to lose 10 to 75 pounds, get a raise and make more money, find the love of their life, and overcome any obstacle in the way of success.

On his website,, you’ll find his daily essays on success, productivity, time management, fitness, weight loss and self-improvement.

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You can Time Travel… well kinda. Click on the timestamps below to travel directly to the part of the show you want to enjoy.

[spp-timestamp time=”6:18″] Craig’s Attitude of Gratitude

  • Beautiful sunny day in Colorado
  • Working with my team
  • I had an amazing workout

[spp-timestamp time=”8:41″] Let’s get Personal

  • I wanted to be a strength and conditioning coach in the National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Got my Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology
  • At age 25 I’m a regular contributor to Men’s Fitness Magazine
  • Started selling my own programs much like P90X
  • We run Early To Rise

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[spp-timestamp time=”15:38″] What was Craig’s Biggest Kick in the Gut moment?

  • Back in 2006 when I struggled with severe anxiety attack.
  • Anxiety is like a black box. It’s not visible to others but just as serious.

[spp-timestamp time=”22:49″] Craig’s pivot point

  • I read an eBook from
  • In that book were 5 words that changed Craig’s life
  • “When I read those 5 words I stopped reading.”

[spp-timestamp time=”26:30″] What is and

  • is my speaking page and an offshoot from my other sites

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[spp-timestamp time=”28:17″] Good News Story about Craig’s Work

[spp-timestamp time=”33:36″] Paying it Forward 

[spp-timestamp time=”35:59″] Action Steps

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier than you usually do
  • Write down on a piece of paper your number one problem you need to solve
  • Be proactive not reactive

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[spp-timestamp time=”37:58″] Daily Habits that make the biggest impact in Craig’s life

  • Five things to change a habit
  • Better planning and preparation
  • Get a coach
  • Positive friends in your life
  • Meaningful incentive
  • Set a deadline

[spp-timestamp time=”38:51″] Recommended books

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Recommended books:

  • The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson
  • The One Thing – Jay Papasan and Gary Keller
  • Abundance – Peter Diamandas


[spp-timestamp time=”40:17″] What does Living A Life of Abundance mean to Craig Ballantyne?

[spp-timestamp time=”41:00″] Parting piece of guidance

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