You hear the alarm in your head, telling you to get up, get out, and do something. For some, they spring out of bed and start grinding. For others, they press the snooze button. They tell themselves, "I will do that tomorrow, next week, or next month." Putting it off, you know, that thing that feels right just means you will never do it.
I had a goal to wake up in the morning and workout before I went to work. This was a wonderful idea, but when it came time to do it, that was a different story. Sometimes, we have to break old habits by forcing our way through. So, two years ago, I starting waking up at 5:00 a.m. I was excited! The first week was no problem. The second-no problem. The third, well, the excitement wore off and the grinding started to kick in.
I did not want to get up at 5:00 a.m. anymore. For one, I was not seeing the results Two, I felt like I was not getting enough sleep; and three, my mind did not want to work that hard. This was all true! Deep down, I wanted to finished this 90 day workout routine and would have felt like a failure had I quit. So, I had to move the snooze. That's right! I moved the snooze. I had to push beyond my comfort zone and turn a chore into a habit. I moved the alarm in a distant place which forced me to get up and off the alarm. I knew if I was up, I would not lay back down. I went on to complete P90X four times.
Do you need to move the snooze? Do you need to do homework when you do not want to? Do you need to make the doctor's appointment you are dreading? Do you need to enroll in the college course you have been avoiding? Do you need to start or end a relationship that has been consuming your mind. No matter what it is, move the snooze, and do what needs to be done. Period!
-Rodney S. Lewis, Ed.D.