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How Do You Start Your Day? WINNING or Losing?

It was 6 O’clock in the morning when the alarm clock rang. It didn’t take me more than a half of a second to hit that button. You bet I know how unique that button is. If you have an alarm clock that makes a funny song in the morning reminding you it’s time to go for work when you don’t feel like waking up, then you know what button I am talking about. When you hit that button, what it does is postponing your go-go-time. Your alarm clock rings, you hit it, and you gain 5 more minutes of sleep. Then the alarm clock rings again and you hit that button again and gain another 5 minutes of sleep. Matter of fact, sometimes is 5 minutes but you can set it up to 15 minutes if you want to. You’re still wondering what that button is? It’s call SNOOZE. How often do you snooze before you actually get out of bed?

Selling books back in the days with the Southwestern Company as an independent dealer thought one true winning key of how to start your day with fire in your eyes and with the get-it-done mindset.

At 6 a.m. or more precisely 5:59 a.m. it was not with the snooze button but a jump that we had to get out of bed. As soon as the clock was ringing we would jump out of bed, do some push ups and sit ups and run to the bathroom for a cold shower. In 10 minutes countdown, we were already out of the house my roommates and I ready to start our day after a great breakfast taken at the closest restaurant.

When you jump out of bed as soon as the alarm clock rings, you discipline yourself to quit on the easy decision or let say the easy option. It’s your first victory of the day and whatever you do for living or whatever it is that you want to accomplish for that day, your mind is set on massive actions mode.

Next time your alarm clock is going to remind you of the time to wake up to go and start your day, don’t go with the losing option of pressing the snooze button. Get up as if you’ve just been electrified and run to your bathroom repeating your morning self-talk.

Want to know how to do it? Well, remember each time you press snooze, it’s not 5 or 15 minutes that you gain but the time that you are losing from that day and that you’ll never get back.

Another thing you can do and I am sure you know about this one is to always put your alarm clock away from you before you go to bed. That way, when it rings you will have to get up and walk across the room to switch it off.

All those techniques work but what is more important and will defeat any laziness to get up, even in the cold winter time, is to know why you have to get up at the set up time. What is that you have to achieve that day? How important and meaningful is that compared to another 5 minutes of laziness? Does it worth the accomplishment of your ultimate goal?

If you snooze…You lose. Take action and stop snoozing, start jumping out of bed and say the simple and powerful sentence: today is going to be a good.

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2 thoughts on “How Do You Start Your Day? WINNING or Losing?

  1. I”m going to have to try that.

    Posted by Ness | November 23, 2010, 8:37 am
  2. Ahhh..I remember those days.

    Also, I can vouch for the unbelievable difference it makes to do some intense exercise first thing in the morning. Besides boosting your metabolism, the biochemical shift you get from intense exercise really shifts you into the “warrior spirit” (as Southwest Airlines calls it). BTW, if you find the idea of working out in the morning repulsive :-), I thought the same thing for most of my life. Now, it’s part of the foundation for making it a great day in my life.

    I also appreciate what I learned from the Southwestern Company about starting the day off reading something inspirational. I now teach resilience and so often find myself drawing from my experience selling books, including what I call Creating a Portable Emotional Oasis…with inspirational reading being one of the keys to creating that Emotional Oasis.

    Thanks Max-Marc

    Best regards,
    David Lee

    Posted by David Lee | November 24, 2010, 11:57 am

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