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Are you "snoozing" through life?

From Ben Dziwulski - WOD Prep

I haven't hit the "snooze" button in 6 weeks. Why? Because I told myself to stop hitting the snooze button. Pretty crazy, huh?

I didn't do a magical anti-snooze-button dance. I didn't pray. I didn't write down all of the reasons why hitting the snooze button was bad for me. I didn't even consult 3,075 of my closest Facebook friends and say "I'm thinking about not hitting the snooze button anymore. What do you think? LOL!" (...because we all know that every good Facebook status update needs an "LOL" at the end). I just stopped doing it. And it feels awesome. Sure, it sucks when my body is saying things like "Yo, Ben. It's 5:00 AM. Why are you awake right now? Slide back into bed and no one will notice. You don't have to be awake for another 3 hours." But I just keep going. I tell that little voice in my head to shut up, and I get moving. Each step away from the bed is another step closer to starting my dayexactly how I want to start it - on my own terms. If you didn't know any better, you might say something like, "You get up at 5:00 AM?! You must be such a morning person!" False. I am not a morning person. Before really getting into this 5:00 AM groove, I used to take pride in being a night owl. I was the kind of guy that needed to set 7 different alarms just to get my butt out of bed before 10AM. And yes, I would snooze-button almost every single one of those suckers. But guess what? I don't hit the snooze button anymore. Want to know why I changed? Well, after reading some really thought provoking books I started to notice a trend. The highest achievers in the world tend to focus heavily on the things that they can control. Conversely, they don't care about things that they cannot control. Also, here's where the highest achievers really get things right: They focus on things that they can control AND things that matter. Here's a great diagram to show you what I mean:

For me, I realized that I tend to have really unproductive days when I get up late. I always feel like I am one step behind, living my life on other people's' schedules, always trying to catch up to the day that I've let slip away. I used to always complain and say things like "I'm too busy", or "I don't have time for that", or my favorite: "There aren't enough hours in the day!" I'd say all of those things, portraying myself as a victim. "Woe is me". Yet at the same time, I'm wasting hours of my life hitting the snooze button - drifting in and out of a sort-of-awake stupor before ever getting my ass out of bed. Oh, and what kept me awake the night before? The usual. Reddit. Facebook. Instagram. Obviously… So, if you're wondering what the heck this has to do with your CrossFit training, I hope this video makes the connection for you: >>> [Video] STOP hitting the snooze button! Control your actions To go along with this video, here are WODprep's rules for waking up and kicking butt:

  1. Set your alarm clock for some earlier time than usual - I like 5:00AM (Note: the alarm is NOT on your phone!)

  2. Place alarm on the other side of the room.

  3. Turn off your wifi and cell service on your phone. (aka notification free)

  4. Plug phone charger into the outlet farthest away from your bed.

  5. When the alarm wakes you up, get out of bed and turn it off.

  6. GET OUT OF YOUR ROOM and get started with your day. You'll thank yourself later.

  7. Do your morning routine (if you want more details about this, let me know and I'll make that the topic for next week's email!)

I know you might think that I'm a little crazy... "Woah, kid, calm down about your snooze button stuff. It's not that big of a deal." But what I've realized recently is that it is a big deal. How you start your day determines how the rest of it will go. When you start with a win, it much easier to keep winning. When it comes to your fitness goals, my philosophy is very similar. Stop hitting snooze on your training! You might leave the gym inspired and say "Thats it! I've had enough! I'm going to learn double unders once and for all."

But then what happens when you get home? What happens the next time you go to the gym? Where is the action? A month later, where's the progress? Snooze. Snooze. Snooze. Stop hitting snooze on your training.

- Ben WODprep

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