You’ve tried to join the wake up early crowd…
But you’re as tired as a hibernating cave bear.
So, you’ve tried it and it doesn’t work. Why?
The common approach of turning into an early riser is to run the gauntlet of battling a deeply rooted habit… until… either you’re giving up because you transformed into a walking corpse… or… you belong to the minority of people who manage to wade through a 2-4 week long battle against severe tiredness.
I’ve tried this a few times. Didn’t work for me either.
Luckily, I’ve found another way that actually did work. And, best thing about it, you don’t have to suffer.
You can begin waking up early with — zero resistance — through mental rehearsal.
Chances are, you heard about groundbreaking impact visualization makes in the career of all successful pro-athletes, musicians, actors, etc.
Now, you can avail yourself of the same process to alter your sleeping habits.
This means you can:
(a) Mentally rehearse rising early.
(b) Automatically let this mental habit merge with your physical life.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into the how-to part…
3 Steps to wake up early through visualization
- Set your mental alarm clock – Before you go to sleep, close your eyes and envision yourself waking up in the morning at the time you like to wake up. On your mind’s screen, see yourself waking up, checking your phone (or alarm clock) seeing exactly the time you want to wake up at.
- Fuse with positive emotions – In your mental theater, rehearse enthusiastic, vibrant body language. You’re smiling, stretching, jumping out of bed taking a deep breath and cheerful breath. Do whatever you would do if you’d feel amazing and brimming with energy.
- Reward your imaginary self – Have something to look forward to. (For me it’s a hot cup of black coffee that gets me out of bed.) What’s the one thing that would joyfully kick-start your morning? A fresh orange juice? A hot shower? A book to read? Your favorite music? Choose something that motivates you and vividly visualize yourself enjoying your reward in the morning.
That’s it already.
I suggest you go through your personal mind-movie at least 3 times. In total, this process will take you only 5-10 minutes. And, the more effort you put into saturating your vision with details and feelings the faster you’ll reap results.
How long will it take until you’ll start rising early?
This is not a shortcut method… but… this is a sure-fire gradual process. It works without suffering the zombie-syndrome. For me, it took about one week until I suddenly woke up earlier than I used to wake up (and I’ve been horrible at visualization at that time).
For you, if you’re already able to create vibrant mental images, it may even take less than a week.
Important to note is that, with this method, you’ll gradually and smoothly turn into an early riser. So, on average, expect waking up at your desired time after about 7-21 days of daily mental rehearsal.
Creating your wake-up plan
Now that you know the step-by-step process, decide on the time you want to wake up in the morning and write it down into your journal (or on a notepad). Put it on your nightstand. Also, write down how you plan to reward yourself each morning. Make sure it’ll be available to you from now on.
I hope you give this method a try to see how it can change you into an early riser, too.
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