How to Wake Up On Time, Every Time

When you first become self-employed, you might find yourself feeling eager to sleep in a little longer. This is definitely one of the perks of working from home and not needing to commute certainly means you can justify an hour longer in bed in most cases.

But this freedom can quickly become a drag. The problem? That snooze button! If you hit it once, you’ll find that you often end up hitting it again and again. The result is that you wake up at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm… And that then means you’ll be working until 1 am the next day. Not fun!

Here is how to wake up on time every time…..

Go to Bed Earlier

The number one way by far to start waking up at a more reasonable time is to go to bed at a more reasonable time the night before. As a general rule, you should only need around 8 hours and will probably function just fine on 7 hours. If you go to sleep at 1 am, you can get up at 8 am or 9 am and be fine. Go to bed later though and your body will be fighting you every step of the way.

This might not be fun but it is the most simple and most effective way to make getting up easier.

Use Some CBT

CBT is cognitive behavioral therapy – a fantastic psychotherapeutic tool for changing the way you think to illicit numerous psychological and health benefits. Using cognitive restructuring, you accomplish this by looking at the contents of your thoughts and then replacing them with more positive and useful thoughts.

In this case, that more useful though is to focus on one key aspect waking up. That is: if you sleep in longer, you feel worse. Try to focus on the way you felt last time you overslept: rushed, stressed, grubby and with a sore back most likely. Focus on that instead of how comfy you are and it will be easier to get up.

Small Steps

Another trick is to use smaller steps to wake up. Instead of telling yourself to spring out of bed and start doing press ups as soon as the alarm goes off, instead reach out and grab your phone to check your favorite website/forum for updates. When you do this, you’ll find that the act of reading for five minutes even brings you around to make it easier to get up.

So this is how you wake up on time every time, now go and try those suggestions and you will see a massive change in your life.

Success Isn’t Always About What You Do…

Sometimes, success is about who you do things with. One of the problems with being a solo entrepreneur is that you very rarely have a chance to reinforce your best habits. Chances are, you live in a community where most people procrastinate, play video games, overdose on fried food, and positively love distractions.

And in order to break away from these influences, we must exert a great deal of energy blocking them out and telling ourselves that will do things differently. And some people even take pride in this wrongheaded approach.

But what if we could form a new community? One based on positivity and mutual support. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of having to rely on ourselves completely, other people could support us when we were down and get us energized about the success happening all around us?

Form A Dynamic Marketing Community.

Start looking for people you can interact with regularly. In the same way that a group like Weight Watchers for Alcoholics Anonymous regularly gets together to stay on track and refocus their goals, you can do the same thing in a marketing community. It’s much easier to do productive things when you’re surrounded by people who are doing the same thing you are. And your interest in the results that they’re having will bring you back again and again.

Where should you go?

Finding Like-Minded Friends

Here’s the thing – it’s tough to round up a random bunch of people on a message board and expect them to coalesce into a motivated community. The chances of success are much better when you have people who have specialized skills and some level of past success. They don’t have to be millionaires, but they should have a portfolio – a finished blog, a completed project… something that indicates the ability or desire to start a project and see it to completion.

Look for groups of bloggers or professionals on the web that already exist. Put your toe into the water, introduce yourself, make friends. Maybe one of these goals meets all of your needs. After a couple of weeks of steady contribution, try making your own group.

What Should You Do?

At first get to know each other. Build emotional bonds. This seems a little bit cheesy, but there’s a reason why groups like AA make everyone tell their personal story. It’s important for you to have a personal interest in the people in your group.

When should make these introductions, start chasing your goals together? Obviously, you’ll have the individual goals that you are working towards. But look for activities that bind you as a team. Work on a large project that requires accountability, or just read the same book on a monthly basis.

Fighting Obstacles

It’s inevitable that some people will drop the ball along the way. Every community style group has a different approach towards keeping their flock together.

First, you should remember to always keep the door open. No matter what disappointments you encounter from a person along the way, it’s the group’s responsibility to always be civil so that they feel welcomed back if they leave altogether.

Second, when it’s time to get someone back on the wagon, approach them on a 1 to 1 basis. There’s nothing wrong with using the pressure of a group in a drastic situation. But many people will respond better to a quiet correction of an individual.

Stay Encouraged

Remember that a community’s goal should be to empower everyone and not set small groups against each other. The more unified you are in your purpose and your methods, the less friction you’ll have, and the less chance you’ll have to fail.

The Dirty Truth ABout Visualization

You’ve probably heard it before: when you’re depressed, or you need an extra boost of energy to start projects and follow through, it’s important to VISUALIZE success.

Here’s a small surprise: visualization is a tool that originated thousands of years ago, and now it’s being used by sports superstars and the world’s most powerful businesspeople and entrepreneurs.

But honestly, the results it’s shown for other people don’t matter if it doesn’t help you. And there’s a dirty truth about visualization that keeps an otherwise useful tactic from being effective.

Problems With Visualization

In order to visualize something properly, you’ve got to be able to see it – to conjure up a lifelike image if your head. That’s tough. First of all, it takes a lot of brainpower to draw up an ideal, realistic image. And even if you do have the realistic image in your brain, it’s a whole new challenge to develop the focus needed to keep the image in your head. Usually, you start to focus on something and it fades.

Or the negativity in your mind derails it.

Or you get distracted by some minor figment in your imagination that takes your brainpower over.

First, some good news. This kind of focus ISN’T needed for proper visualization. The idea of holding an image in your head doesn’t need to be perfect, and it doesn’t need to hang around in your conscious mind. Your subconscious needs to grab these ideas… so in order to visualize properly, we have to take a few steps between imagining something REALLY HARD and enjoying the finished results. 🙂

A Little Brain Experiment

Like I said earlier, visualization isn’t just about grabbing a mental image. The first steps require being evocative. Here’s what I mean. Think about an important or happy event in your history. Don’t just remember it, be evocative. What does it smell like? What sounds do you remember?

Try and engage all of your senses.

Now try and apply this same level of evocative detail to your visualization. Picture yourself in an ideal situation in a week, a month, a year. How does it smell? How does it look?

Now here’s a third step that most people don’t apply – try to visualize a completely unrealistic event. See yourself on a rocket ship to space, surrounded by circus clowns juggling bowling pins.

Try and visualize those details – and when you finish, compare the two. Try and see the differences between your “realistic” vision and the “unrealistic” one. And the next time you sit down to visualize, compare and make sure that your visualization meets a realistic standard of detail.

One More Note On Visualization

When should you visualize? Early in the morning? During the day? Later at night? The time can make a difference, and the best time is multiple times! The more often that you visualize, the more you can pump yourself up into a hyper-charged mental state… which you absolutely need to succeed.

So visualize in a potent and memorable way, compare it to your real memories and make the details as similar as possible, and visualize multiple times a day. This process will get your subconscious mind manifesting – which makes it more likely you follow through on bringing your goals to life!