5:00am—you’re rudely awakened by a ruthless alarm clock begging you to rise and shine. The relentless beeping competes against the cold air and the darkness that envelopes your cozy bedroom. For a brief moment you’re stuck in a sleepy daze and facing the age-old choice—will you get up or press snooze?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as guilty as anyone else. I’ll have my running clothes laid out, water bottle ready and lunch packed…and I still press snooze for an extra forty-five minutes of blissful sleep. But... is it really so blissful? After I press snooze I toss and turn, drifting in and out of sleep, wondering if I should have sucked it up and gone on a run or if I still have time to fit one in.
When your alarm goes off, you face your first choice of the day. Will you get up or press snooze? This sets the tone for the rest of your day—will you eat a balanced, healthy breakfast or fuel up with a jelly donut and soda? Will you make time for exercise after work or make an excuse? Will you reach for a cigarette when stressed or unwind with a healthier alternative?
We have the power to make the right choices that will positively impact our life. So, why is it so hard to make the right choice and get up? Why do we continue to sell ourselves short when we know we’re worth that much more? Why do we press snooze when we know how amazing we’ll feel after a morning workout?
The answer: because it’s easy. It’s easy to make the wrong choice. It’s easy to slip up and write-off any attempt to pick yourself up and get back on track. But, it’s possible. In fact, it’s so possible that the only thing holding you back is yourself. Your self-discipline and willpower are the only things preventing you from getting up and making the right choice.
So, when you’re facing your first choice of the day and still stuck in that half-dazed state, remember--you set your alarm for a reason. You had full intention to get up and get active for a reason. Stop making excuses and get out of bed. How hard it is to put two feet on the ground and stand up? Take a second and think about it. All it takes is enough self-discipline to throw off the covers and decide to GET OUT OF BED.
Turn a light on and don’t allow yourself to turn it off. Put your alarm clock across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Turn the coffee pot on a self-timer so your cup o’ joe is already waiting for you! Think about how invigorated you’ll feel after your workout. Do anything to help you get up and make the right choice.
When you get to the bottom of it, it’s really a simple choice—are you going to get up or give in?
I choose to get up.