I have a confession to make - I’m not a morning person. Usually, I don’t like to be spoken to for at least an hour after rising, or at least until I get my morning coffee. For a while now, I’ve been wanting to get up early, get to the gym and get a fresh start to the day. Evening rolls around and I’m fully motivated to get up early and start the day rearing to go. I set my alarm for 6am, set out my gym clothes and even mix up my gym drink. I do this because I like to perform as few tasks as possible with my early morning brain fog and I also figure that being prepared will increase my chances of actually getting up.
You can see were this is going, right? 6am rolls around and I hit the snooze button. The internal dialogue has started and there’s no going back now - ‘just 15 more minutes, I can skip the warm-up, who needs to warm-up anyway?’ Before you know it, it’s already 8’ o clock and time for work. Gym will have to wait until after work. Frustratingly, you’re just not the same motivated person that you were the night before.
Sound familiar? Well, if you find yourself nodding your head in agreement you will want to check out Steve Pavlina’s ‘How to Become An Early Riser’, part 1 and part 2. You should also read his article, How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off. He does a great job of explaining why you fail in a seemingly simple task and how to condition your mind to become an early riser by habit.
It never used to be like this for me, mind you. Back in my high school days, I used to be up and on my bicycle by 5:30am for my morning ride. Granted, I used to hate getting up, but after just 5 minutes on the bike I used to love it and getting to school completely alert and fresh while everybody else was still half asleep made it worth while. This is a habit I want to reclaim and I challenge you to do the same, so post a comment and let me know how it goes.