|08-27-2007, 07:46 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2007
Sleep with your Goals
I was writing out an answer to that thread, when I realized that the tip I was handing was far more powerful than I consciously knew.
EnduranceNinja, was asking questions about early rising, so I was writing out about what had worked for me. It made me go from 'sleeper', to early-riser, in one day to another. It's very simple, actually.
Sleep with something that is intimately (sp?) related to your goals (not your weak goals, but the things you got to HAVE/DO/BE or else you'll really suffer). So, let's say the thing you want the most is a Ferrari (I know, I know - not a do or die goal, but for ilustrative's sake, let it be ); start sleeping with a Ferrari key-chain on your hand.
If you really want to have that 1.000.000€ to pay for your wife's treatment, put a happy pic of her on your cellphone and sleep with it under your pillow.
I repeat: you already have to really want whatever it is.
How it worked for me?
Simple, anytime I waked up, the first thing I saw was something that reminds me of an experience that I had that made me realize that I just MUST accomplish my goals; that made me FOCUS, right there. I saw the pic and thought 'Gotta wake up, gotta work, can't stop.' It's always my first thought.
1) Makes waking up earlier easy (wich, for itself, has many benefits).
2) Sets you off for the day. Your first thoughts will be drawn towards your goals.
3) Dreaming. I wake up in the middle of the night, see it, think about it right away, and just have to dream about my goals; I am actually thinking of start lucid dreaming again.
Only now I realize the benefits of what I have been doing. Sure, it seems simple, but it brought great benefits for me as no other thing had. As my goals are the first thing my mind hits when I wake up, they remain on my head all the day. And to think that just starting to go to sleep with a simple thing, made me sleep better, stopped procrastination and many other things...
The key here, is to have with you something important to which you link your goals: a key of a house, a pic of someone smiling, a pic of your proud mother, a ring someone gave you. Whatever, you'll know better than me what's important for you.
It worked for me; won't hurt if you try.
Last edited by Xin; 08-27-2007 at 07:48 PM.
|08-27-2007, 08:21 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2007
That's up to you. If I were you, I wouldn't just sleep with a book or something. It has to have EMOTIONAL value. Say, why do you want to have your Master's? To get your own office? Sleep with a picture of your dream office. To be rich? Sleep with a dollar under your pillow or something.
The more emotion you have linked to the thing, the better it will work.
Let's say, for ilustrative purposes, that I want to become a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ good guitarist; and the following happened. I had a pick that someone very important to me handed me out - so, I decided that I would use it when I achieved my goal of performing for huge audiences. I'd put the pick around my neck and sleep with it; the moment I wake up, I would think of my promise, of why I want to be a guitarist, of how I'm going to do it, and so on.
If you want to get a Master's, why is that? Answer that, then go to bed with something that reminds you of why you should get your Master's. Not something that reminds you to get your Master's, but something that reminds you of WHY do you want it, why do you must wake earlier to study.
You following me?
Emotional value is the key. The more emotion, the better. :P
Again, this is a really simple thing, but it has to be honest. It worked for me because what I used was something that I placed REAL value into. Using something that just reminds you to be great won't cut it. You wake up, see a pic of a Ferrari, think 'Great', and go back to bed. Now, you wake up, and feel on your arm the bracelet a dead friend of yours gave you, the day you told him you would be great. That HAS true value. Would you use something like that, you'd just jump out of bed like lightning.
Now, don't go and kill your friend. :P I hope I'm not contradicting myself, but you can use a pic of a Ferrari or something as well. It just has to be VERY IMPORTANT for you. Simple.
Last edited by Xin; 08-27-2007 at 08:27 PM.
|08-27-2007, 09:13 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Xin, funny you should start this thead, as I was thinking the other day to put a pic of my new boyfriend that I want in my purse and by my bedside.
The thing is I had this man already in the past, so I will know what feeling to invoke However I've got another hot dude in mind if I don't get the one that I want.
it's all a bit like the worry dolls http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worry_doll I have some of them, they are so cute.
Keep you posted.
|08-27-2007, 11:22 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2007
I've never thought of actually sleeping with an object to remind me of my goals, but I can see where you are coming from. I use VisionBoard on my computer and run photos/affirmations relating to my goals just before I go to bed (like now!) and first thing in the morning. You can always make one, using photographs and a bit of paper cut and paste.
|08-28-2007, 02:28 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sundsvall Sweden Europe
Since I want to do political analysis of the kind that could help people to not get into too much trouble with parts of the government not communicating with each other, and probobly come up with good solutions for this to be more natural for the different departments of government to do (keep en contact). I found a book that actually was named Modern Political Analysis on my bookshelf so that book (which is a real good one) will be the thing I will sleep with. Even if just the title of the book tells me what I want to do and that I liked the book.
|08-28-2007, 08:26 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Quebec, Canada
A true story... from early on, my son's dream was to attend Harvard University... so, when he was about nine years old... he bought a Harvard T-shirt, medium size... it was way too large for him... and when I asked why he had bought it that size, he told me that he had vowed to wear that T-shirt every times that he would take an exam until his dream came true...
Years later... I drove him to his dorm room at Harvard for the first time... we brought all his stuff inside the room... then, before unpacking, he took his shirt off... and I saw that he was wearing that T-shirt underneath... we both had tears in our eyes when he took it off... and folded it for the last time... the dream was now true...
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