“If you really think about it, hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock doesn’t even make sense. It’s like saying, ‘I hate getting up in the morning—so I do it over, and over, and over again…’”
—Demetrius Martin, Stand-up Comedian
For most of us, when the alarm clock sounds each morning, we are woken from a dead-sleep, so it’s no wonder that leaving the comfort of our beds is usually the least appealing thing to do. If you were to rate your level of motivation for how you feel about waking up—a.k.a. your Wake Up Motivation Level (WUML)—on a scale of 1-10 (“10” being ready to wake up and embrace the day, and “1” wanting nothing more than to go back to sleep), most of us would probably rate our WUML closer to a 1 or 2. If this is the case, it’s only natural to want to hit the snooze button and keep on sleeping…
The problem is that when we hit the snooze button, we are telling our subconscious mind that it is okay to sleep in, that it’s okay to procrastinate and not follow through with our commitments, and that we don’t have the discipline to even get out of bed. In other words, we are programming ourselves for failure.
So, the challenge is: how do you give yourself the motivation you need to wake up and take on your day, when your WUML is only at a one or a two when your alarm clock goes off?
The simple answer: One step at a time…
–> Here are 5 Simple but Powerful Steps to Make Waking Up Everyday a Whole Lot Easier:
Step #1: Set Your Intentions Before Bed
Set your intention for waking up, before you go to bed. Typically, your first thought in the morning is of your last thought before you fell asleep. For example: If, as you were falling asleep, you were anticipating waking up early to leave for a vacation in the morning, then as soon as the alarm clock goes off, you open your eyes with enthusiasm for the day. On the other hand, if your last thought before bed was something like, “Oh man, I can’t believe I have to get up in six hours!” then your first thought when the alarm clock goes off is likely to be something along the lines of, “Oh my gosh, it’s already been six hours!” So, decide every night to create a positive expectation for when you wake up in the morning. For more help on this and the exact words to say before bed, download the popular Bedtime Affirmation now…
Step #2: Keep Alarm Clock Across Room
Keep your alarm clock across the room, so it forces you to get out of bed and engage your body in movement. Motion creates energy, so when you get up it helps you wake up. This will instantly take your Wake Up Motivation Level from being at a WUML1, to a WUML2 or WUML3. However, you’ll still likely be feeling more sleepy than not. So…
Step #3: Brush Your Teeth
Go directly from turning off your alarm clock to brushing your teeth. As you’re brushing your teeth, keep repeating the mantra “In five minutes, I’ll be awake!” over and over in your head. This will take your Wake Up Motivation Level from a WUML2 to a WUML3 or WUML4.
Step #4: Drink Water ASAP (Hydrate Yourself)
As soon as you are finished brushing your teeth, it’s time to hydrate yourself. Go get a glass of water (or you can do what I do, and fill it up the night before so it’s already there in the morning), and drink it as fast as is comfortable for you. The objective is to rehydrate your body and mind, which were deprived from water during the hours that you slept, as fast as possible. When you are dehydrated—you feel tired. When you drink a glass of water and hydrate yourself, and your Wake Up Motivation Level will go from approximately a WUML3 to a WUML4 or WUML5.
Step #5: Get Dressed (OR) Shower
The fourth step has two options: Option #1 is to get dressed in your exercise clothes for The Miracle Morning®, and option #2 is to jump in the shower. Personally, I like to just change into my exercise clothes, since I’m going to probably need a shower afterward anyway, but a lot of people prefer the morning showers because it helps wake them up and gives you a “fresh” start to the day. It’s really whichever you prefer.
Regardless of which option you choose, by the time you’ve executed these 4 Simple Steps, you should be at a WUML5 or WUML6, and then it requires very little discipline to stay awake for your Miracle Morning. Whereas, if you were to try and make that commitment at the time your alarm clock went off—while you were at a WUML1—it would be a much more difficult decision to make.
Here’s a quick bullet-point review of the 5 Simple Steps To Wake Up Early:
- Set Your Intention the Night Before
- Get Out of Bed To Turn Off Your Alarm Clock (Motion creates energy!)
- Brush Your Teeth while repeating the mantra, “In five minutes, I’ll be awake!” (*Use Listerine to add extra umph!)
- Drink a Glass of Water (Hydrate yourself!)
- Get Dressed (Or Showered)
Now that you are up early, you can either take action to learn, grow, and become better than you are… OR… Use it as an opportunity to make extraordinary progress on your most important goals & dreams. What’s that project that you’ve been putting off? What’s that one thing you’ve been waning to get started, but you’ve come up with every excuse not to? Now is YOUR time to make it happen!