You’ve tried waking up early?
Yet, early morning, you’re tired as a hibernating cave bear… and you can’t get out of bed.
You know, the typical 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. It didn’t work for me either.
Luckily, I’ve found another way that actually did work. You know what the best thing about it is? You don’t have to suffer.
How to Wake Up Early Without Physical Resistance — With Visualization
Chances are, you’ve heard about the groundbreaking impact visualization makes in the career of all successful pro-athletes, musicians, actors, and so on.
Now, you can avail yourself of the same process to alter your sleeping habits.
Here’s how that works:
- You imagine yourself rising early. Picture yourself rising in great detail, and your mind can’t tell the difference from reality.
- You create a mental habit that’ll merge with your physical life.
Let’s proceed to the practical part.
3-Steps to Rising Early Through Visualization
1 – Set your mental alarm clock. When you go to bed but at night, close your eyes and envision yourself waking up in the morning at the time you’d like to wake up. On your mind’s movie screen, see yourself waking up, checking your phone (or alarm clock) seeing precisely the time you want to wake up at.
2 – Fuse with your mind movie with positive emotions. In your mental theater, rehearse enthusiastic, vibrant body language. You’re smiling, stretching, jumping out of bed, taking a deep and cheerful breath. Do whatever you would do if you’d feel amazing and brimming with energy.
3 – 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? Fresh orange juice? A hot shower? A book to read? Your favorite music? Choose something that motivates you and then vividly visualize yourself enjoying your reward in the morning.
Repetition is Crucial
If you want to wake up early via visualization or start any other habit for that matter, repetition is essential for your success.
I suggest you go through that little mind-movie at least 3 times every night. 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 the results. It’s kinda like starting any other habit. The more often you do it, the stronger your inclination to doing it again.
How Long Will it Take You?
This is not a shortcut method but a gradual process with an expected outcome. It works without suffering from “zombie syndrome.” For me, it took about one week till 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 to experience your first results. In fact, if you’re equipped with a lively imagination, you might be waking up early right after your first night of practice.
But, again, on average, expect waking up at your precisely desired time after about 7-21 days of daily mental rehearsal.
Create Your Wake-Up Plan
Now that you know the step-by-step visualization exercise set a wake-up goal and the reward action you’ll take.
First, write down, into your journal (or on a simple notepad), the exact time you like to rise. Do this every night before you fall asleep.
Secondly, jot down your reward action. This has to be something that you can’t do without leaving your bed.
It’ll suffice if you write something in a self-affirmative way like, “I’ll wake up at 7:00 A.M., get out of bed, then cook a cup of coffee.”
I hope you give this method a shot because you’ll see how easy it is to wake up early with visualization.
Building an “early riser habit” merely by running through a mental simulation is surprisingly effective. And, I guess, once you’ve figured that out, you’ll find that you can use the same principles for a myriad of other things. (Breaking bad habits, starting good habits, fixing posture, enhance sports performance, and so on.)
Why don’t you let me know how this works out for you? I’d be interested how long it took you to wake up early! Leave me a message below.
P.S.: You might be interested in this Audible hypnosis on Amazon:
Wake Up Early Visualization:
Powerful Daily Visualization Hypnosis to Condition Your Subconscious Mind
(It’s free if you go for the Audible trial)
I haven’t tried it yet, but if you do, please leave me some feedback about it, would you?
P.S.S.: Then, I’ve heard great things about Hal Elrod’s book. His book gathered more than 3,600 reviews with 4,6 stars on average! Here it is:
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
At the time of writing this, I haven’t read it yet, but people swear it changed their lives, making them wake up before 8 A.M. easily.