Friday, March 25, 2011

Hitting Snooze

I read a great blog post from Rachel Cosgrove last week, that I would like to share with all of you:

The night before, you lay out your clothes and set the alarm for an early morning workout. "THIS TIME"'ll get up and do a workout and get your day started. As you get ready for bed, you are actually excited about your commitment to yourself and having tomorrow be "DAY ONE" of your fitness program.

Morning comes, alarm goes off, at that moment, when you are snuggled in the comfort of your bed (your comfort zone) every excuse creeps into your head and you tell yourself -

"I should probably get more sleep, lack of sleep has been shown to be bad for your health and obviously my body needs it ..."

"I'll work out tomorrow after work when I'll have a better workout anyway because I'll have more energy".

"I'll start tomorrow. One more day, then I'll start."

Or you just hit the snooze button and roll back over to sleep forgetting all of the commitments you made to yourself the night before.

Hitting snooze is the moment when you decide to stay in your comfort zone rather than get out of your comfort zone and and be uncomfortable for a short period of time to get the pay off.

When you think about it, the snooze button is something we hit daily. Maybe you committed that you are going to eat healthy and have no alcohol and then your friends call you up and right then you hit the proverbial snooze button and decide I'll go have a drink tonight ...

Or on your way home from work you committed to yourself to go to the gym and as you drive by you decide...

"I should go home and eat something first."

"I should probably start tomorrow morning."

Start to notice how often throughout your day you are hitting your "snooze button" and instead start to get comfortable being uncomfortable, a quote I think I first heard Bill Parisi say:

"Get comfortable being uncomfortable."

Know that when you are out of your comfort zone you are going to be rewarded. Get hooked on that uncomfortable feeling of getting out of bed before everyone else and heading to the gym to do something good for yourself, or skipping dessert, or not having your nightly glass of wine, or packing your food ahead of time.

This is also in your career or personal development. If you committed to reading everyday for 30 minutes, don't hit the snooze button and start tomorrow. Go pick up a book and stick to your commitment.

Remember the quote, "Successful people do the things unsuccessful people don't want to do."

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