You Snooze You Lose: How To Use Your Subconscious To Get You Out Of Bed And on the Treadmill
I want you to imagine the alarm clock next to your bed. See it clearly in your imagination. What color is it? Are the numbers red or green? Is it small or big? Now, I want you to imagine the sound it makes. You can hear it clearly in your mind right now cant you? Does it make you cringe just thinking about it? Does it beep, buzz or does it play your favorite music? Is it soft, loud or does it make your heart feel like its going to jump out of your chest? Whatever your alarm clock does, Im sure of one thing: it is one of the worst sounds in the world, because when youre snuggled comfortably under your covers and that piercing sound rings through your ears, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. Theres definitely nothing exciting about it, unless of course youre a child on Christmas morning or youre a golfer with a 7:00 A.M tee-time at Pebble Beach.
How about this: does your alarm give you a kick-start, encouraging you to get out of bed and exercise? My guess would be no, nothing of the sorts. I bet the snooze button is practically worn off the surface. But what if I told you that you could train your mind to get you excited to go to the gym or go for a run when you hear that bone-chilling buzz or beep? Would you believe me? Read on.
When people come to my office for weight-loss, the number one excuse that I hear for not exercising is that theres just not enough time. And when I say, how about getting-up a half hour of forty five minutes earlier in the morning and doing it then, most of my clients cringe. But I can tell you this; I have helped countless people to do just that, including myself. Its all relative; whatever your mind believes, it will produce, and when it associates exercising at 6:00 A.M with being tied to a whipping post, its not likely that youre going to get out of bed and do it. But this is changeable. You just have to change the way your mind thinks.
Power Programming is a system I created that will teach you how to associate excitement and determination with getting-up in the morning to exercise. Its pretty simple in fact. All you have to do is train your mind but we dont really know how to do this. The techniques are pretty simple in fact. The first step is to dedicate 15 or 20 minutes of your time, several times a week. Go find a comfortable place with no distractions. Close your eyes and begin breathing deeply and let your mind drift into a comfortable, relaxed place for a little while. Anytime you do this, you are opening your subconscious reservoir, and this is the part of your mind that is easily programmable.
Once youve reached a relaxed state, the next step is to use some simple imagery. First see an image of yourself, exactly how you want to look and feel. Make the image vivid and get excited about it. Make it your goal. Next, imagine yourself feeling more motivated than youve ever felt before. See and feel yourself walking or running briskly on your treadmill. See and feel yourself pumping iron at the gym and feeling good about it. Create whatever you want, but feel it baby, feel it.
Finally, imagine the sound of your alarm and say to yourself over and over again in your mind, from now on the very first thing I think the moment I hear that alarm go off is leaping out of bed and exercising. Youre going to be quite amazed because this will be the first thing running through your mind when you hear that alarm. And instantly, all of those positive feeling and images you created earlier are going to emerge. You will actually feel motivated to get out of bed and after you do it for a couple of weeks youre going to start feeling excited about it because you will have already seen some weight-loss results. I know it sounds too good to be true, maybe even a bit quirky, but Im telling you it works. Soon, getting up to exercise will be just another part of your day much like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. You just have to dedicate the 15 or 20 minutes of mental work to make it happen.
Soon you will see that the agonizing sound of your alarm clock isnt so agonizing after all. Its all in your head and once you learn how to change what goes on up there, anything is possible.