Beep…beep…beep. Your alarm clock just went off. What are the first thoughts that go through your head? “Oh no, it’s already been five hours. I have to wake up, but I don’t want to wake up. Just 10 more minutes.” If it is, realize you are already starting your day with negative energy and creating a state of resistance to your day.

Instead of waking up with resistance, what if you could wake up with energy and enthusiasm? Think it’s impossible? Think again. The secret to waking up happy isn’t actually about the amount of sleep we have gotten but rather about our mindset before we go to bed. You most likely have heard the saying, “what we think about we bring about.” Well that is no less true then when it comes to how we wake up. The mind-body connection is a powerful force so if you are hitting the hay at midnight and already telling yourself you are going to feel tired at 6:00 a.m. when your alarm clock goes off, guess how you are going to wake up? If you are worrying about all that you have to do tomorrow as you toss and turn and you believe you will just have to suck it up and drink several pots of coffee to make it through the next day, guess how you are going to wake up?

On the other hand, if you go to bed saying “Thank you for the six hours of sleep I am going to get tonight. That is exactly what I need to feel rested and refreshed in the morning. My body can generate an abundance of energy no matter how many hours of sleep I get. I choose to wake up tomorrow feeling joyful, energized and excited to create an amazing day.” You can wake up feeling energized and ready to transform your day and your life.

I have intentionally been experimenting with this and the results have been amazing. I now wake up at 4:30/5:00 a.m. without an alarm. I have more energy not only in the morning but throughout the day. No longer do I drag myself out of bed, I jump out with joy! Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself. Consciously decide every night to activate your mind-body connection by setting positive expectations for how you will awake the next morning. I would love for you to comment below once you have experimented with it and let me know how it has impacted how you wake up.

Remember “your first thought in the morning is usually the last thought you had before you went to bed.” Today decide to wake up happy and go to bed with satisfaction!