Wake up early with Anthony Robbins
Early rising starts in your mind. Any trick to make you wake up earlier will fail if you
don’t commit to it mentally and consciously. And your commitment to wake up early fully
depends on what you associate early rising with. Every person on this planet is driven
by two things. The need to avoid pain, and the desire to gain pleasure – explains
Anthony Robbins in his most
popular Personal Power program.
If you do something, it’s because you associate a pleasure with it. If you don’t do something, it’s
because of pain and fear you link to it. By creating positive, pleasurable associations
with waking up early and severe pain associations with not doing it you can help build stronger early rising habit
that works, consistently. Here is how you can do it...
Creating positive associations with early rising
Write down the benefits and positive things you will gain by waking up early. What
you will do having free time on your hands? What it will help you achieve? Here are few
samples for you to start with.
- I will have extra hour every day to work on my computer skills and
will get that new better job in 2 months
- I will exercise for 40 min every morning and get back in shape
- I will do more things in the morning and will be able to spend more time with
my family in the evening
- I’ll get more respect from my co-workers and boss by coming to work earlier,
it will help my career advancement
- I’ll get more self-confidence and respect to myself
Write down how it will affect your relationships, your self-esteem, your mood, your health,
your financial situation, what you get and what you give to others. Try to be as specific
as possible, and list as many good things as you can come up with. One important thing is
to focus on results you will get, not on the habit itself. Your goal is not to wake up 1
hour earlier. Your goal is to get all the benefits that early rising can bring you. Think
of all pleasurable things that may become available to you, all opportunities that may open.
Getting leverage on you by creating negative associations
As the next step, you need to get leverage on you. Leverage comes when you associate severe
pain with not doing something, so you need to write down all the things you’ve been missing
from not having that extra morning time. Again, few samples.
- I will not get a raise this year because I lack the skills
- I will not earn enough money to go overseas for vacation
- I don’t have time to exercise and gained 10 extra pounds
- My spouse keeps telling me I’m lazy
- I will not get that position in regional office because I don’t know the
language well and don’t have time to learn it
Continue working on both lists until you get at least 30-40 items in each. The more,
the better. It’s common for people doing this exercise to come up with ideas they never thought
of before, so take your time, you don’t have to do it one sitting. After you complete
the list for both positive and negative things, read and re-read it few times a day
while starting to practice early wake up in the mornings.
This whole exercise helps you create positive associations with your new habit
and smoothens the adaptation process. It also exerts leverage on you to avoid things
that can cause pain and suffering. These associations will play a good trick with you
as they keep working subconsciously even after you stop thinking about them.
P.S. As many other tips on this site, this tip is good not only for building
early wake up habit. Try to use it for achieving any other goals you set for yourself, and
you'll understand its power.