I am a big fun of Steve Pavlina and his blog
Personal Development for Smart People. It’s one of few key things that pushed me towards the area
of personal development back in 2005, and I have never regretted it.
In his article How
to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off Steve offers very original wake up technique I’ve never seen
before, yet it’s quite simple. Here is how it works.
There are thousands of things in your life that you couldn’t do at some point but you can do it now.
Walking, reading, driving a car, swimming... The list is endless. How you moved from not being able
to do it to being able to do it? You have learned it! And how you learned it? You learned
it through practice. Putting two and two together, if you want to wake up early in the morning you should
practice it. Now comes the tricky part – how you can practice it? Steve suggests you do it just like you
do your any other practice - at day time. Go to bedroom, darken the room, put your night clothes on, take off your glasses – do everything
you usually do before going to bed in the evening. Your goal is to set the conditions as close as
possible to what they are when you go to sleep.
When you are ready, set your alarm for a few minutes ahead, say 3-5 min. Lie down, close your eyes,
relax completely and imagine you are sleeping.
When wake up alarm goes off, do what you would usually do in the morning – turn alarm off, sit on the bed,
take a deep breath, stretch your limbs, then stand up and proceed to your next actions, e.g. go
to the bathroom.
Repeat this whole procedure several times. Your goal is to put your subconscious mind to work.
Alarm goes off – you stand up. Alarm goes off – you stand up. Rinse and repeat. After you do it for
some time, say 5-7 times every day for 3-5 days, you will notice you start doing some things on
autopilot. And this is exactly what you want to achieve – let your subconscious mind drive your
behavior. Try to follow this pattern exactly in the morning when wake up alarm goes off, don't think what you
need to do, don't rationalize, just repeat your routine.
I could not try this wake up trick because by the time I’ve read about it I already had built a strong
habit of waking up early. But if you still struggle with it and have difficulty waking up, you should give it a try. Leave a comment
to share your experience!
Read full Steve Pavlina’s article at his