We are in a new year and a month has already lapsed! When you look back at your 1st Jan resolution, some of you might have resolved to wake up “on time” to pursue a particular activity, related to fitness or hobby or relationship.
With a month of the year already behind you, how many of you could succeed in performing your resolution, which is as much dependent on you keeping up with your vow of waking up early each morning?
How about first understanding why most of us find it challenging to wake up early?
I live in a big apartment society in Delhi, where we have an active community of Volley Ball players and we really enjoy playing on weekday evenings and weekend mornings.
Talk about excitement, there’s no match to the fun we have at the games, the ultimate stress buster for us, all mid-level working professionals. When we walk up to the court, we are like a cork ready to burst from a bottle of champagne.
Given our collective drive and excitement to play, we as a group still find it extremely challenging to gather on agreed early morning timing, for the weekend matches. Everybody takes a vow the previous night (a Friday or a Saturday) to come on time the next day morning; when the Sun is up, it takes a real lot of calling efforts to knock people down their beds!
Why am i sharing this story that’s unrelated to the topic?
Just to illustrate the psychological reason behind challenges of getting up early.
Conscious and Sub-conscious minds – Action & Reaction:
- We can broadly categorize our minds into conscious and sub-conscious
- Conscious mind is the one that’s in play during our waking hours; Sub-conscious mind kicks in when we snooze off.
- Sub-conscious mind is apparently 9 times more powerful than Conscious mind
- All our actions, e.g., taking a vow to get up early & reach the court on agreed time, are taken by the conscious mind. All our reactions, e.g., feeling excited to jump off the bed so that we actually reach the court on time, are controlled at sub-conscious levels
- Actions don’t create successful habits, only reactions build lifelong habits – We intend to take actions to become a successful blogger; but unless there’s a deep drive to scribe 1000 words per day come-what-may, even after lapse of a year’s time, we will still be staring at an empty blog website
- Actions are subject to situations; e.g., when you are cozy under the sheets the situation alters your previous day vows and makes you take a fresh action of hitting the snooze button.
- Reactions are automatic; e.g., sudden sound effects in a horror movie gets you to jerk up almost instantly!
The question is how do I automate my reaction to get up early?
Talk to the Sub-conscious:
If you tell your sub-conscious mind that you really want to wake up early; whether to play volley ball or do yoga or even spend an extra hour with family, then you are essentially giving control to something that’s more powerful (9 times more powerful that conscious mind).
This act if done repeatedly, will get registered at sub-conscious and you’ll actually start seeing the results – without much resistance, you’ll jump out of the bed with excitement each day.
When to knock the sub-conscious door?:
As I mentioned early in the article, your sub-conscious kicks in when you go to sleep. Hence an hour or under, just before you go to sleep, is the best time for you to talk to yourself.
Tell yourself affirmatively that you’ll get up sharp 6.00 AM, and experience the fun of doing what you intend to do; see the magic for yourself the next day morning.
It takes a bit of repetition to get it right, but once you do, then it can become more effective a technique than using fancy I-phone alarm apps!
Are you going to let the conscious mind rule you or rule everything with a firm sub-conscious mind?
Hope you find this blog post inspiring, leave a reply with your thoughts on the same.