It’s 6:30am, thirty minutes later than I was supposed to be writing this. In fact, I wasn’t supposed to be writing about this at all. I had a much better post planned about a recent Netflix experience. but here I am thirty minutes late with something else on my mind.
Recently Jon Acuff challenged me in his book Quitter to do something I hate more than anything: Get up early to work on my dream. First thing every day; six a.m. Before the sun comes up. Before the distractions of the day have awoken. Before the excuses have a chance to steal my dream.
There’s just one problem, the easiest, most dangerous excuse of all sits conveniently on my night stand.
The snooze button.
Mel Robbins put it best in the April ’11 issue of Success Magazine:
“No invention has so perfectly captured the power of the mind to defeat itself as the snooze button” bit.ly/mTf1iu
— Deacon Bradley (@deaconbradley) March 19, 2012
That is what I try to think of every morning when my alarm goes off an hour earlier than it used to.
The Morning Challenge
Robbins continued with this challenge:
The fastest way to become a leader is to start acting like one. Try this exercise: Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than you normally wake up. Tomorrow morning, as soon as the alarm sounds, open your eyes, throw off the covers, sit up, put your feet on the floor, and stand up.
Your day starts now.
No pillow over the head. No snooze.
If you lie in bed more han 10 seconds before standing up you fail the test. If you can do this successfully for five days straight you’ll see a significant shift in your ability to push yourself and your life forward.
Leaders don’t hit the snooze button. And although I still do more times then not, I’m fighting to win this battle.
Do you struggle to not hit snooze on your dreams?