Courage is for loosers; true winners use discipline
My recipe to wake up:
When going to sleep, set an alarm
Alarm wakes me up first time: prepare the mind by taking Methylphenidate or Modafinil (any stimulant will do). Snooze the alarm (it repeats in ten minutes). Go back to bed
Second time: prepare the body by putting on some clothes. Go back to bed (with clothes on, yep… to hell with hygiene)
Third time: prepare the tools for the workday – put stuff in bag, that kind of stuff
Fourth time: go outside!, where you can be seen by other people.
This works for me because it allows me to keep track of time, when in the morning, everything is a fuzzy blob of irritability, laziness and sleepiness that would end up on Instagram doom scrolling otherwise
If you really cannot wake up, either look up into sleep hygiene or physiological conditions (narcolepsy, sleep apnea, ADHD, depression… You’ve got some choice.)
You are not supposed to have a hard time waking up; if you do, something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Is your natural circadian rhythm such that it requires you to wake up later? Can you move your circadian rhythm? Can you move your alarm clock? Are you having practices that disturb your sleep (alcohol, nicotine, doing 100 pushups before bed, meditating too late in the day, etc… Tons of don’ts and a few dos to respect)
I take back what I’ve said about courage, because it takes courage to admit there is something to fix, when most people close their eyes and continue living with their problems forever
To answer your question directly, yes, you can beemind “courage” in the context of beeminder.
Human is a creature of habits; which are hell of a pain to change. It takes motivation. Either you got it because of random life parameters, or you create it yourself. The best way that I found so far is a combination of Complice (alignment of yourself with your higher order goals) and Beeminder (incentives yourself to actually work towards these goals or improve their rate of progress)
So here, we are looking for “courage to change habits”, which can be translated to a beeminder goal that prompts you to “make a significant change in your life”
For me, I created a goal called “metastar”. Every 2 days, I have to make such a change. For instance, recently, I have made the following change:
Start my day with a whole day intention
Create a sleep journal to monitor and improve it
Created a goal to turn off my phone before 2am
Created a Tasker workflow to push me to build buffer on my beeminder goals (brushing teeth, that kind of stuff)
In this specific case: “make a significant change that might significantly reduce morning akrasia”.
I’ve seen @linux535 do it with their screen time journal, with impressive results.
I have no doubt that @april will beat their insomnia problem and become the best sleeper in the planet, because their are going to look at their problem problem every day. Then, with this, they will be able to create children beeminder goal to improve it, whatever it may be. Maybe it’ll be a goal to push them to see a sleep doctor, or a goal to use Exist to determine the factors that influence their sleep; or a goal to be into bed at 11pm and close their eyes for 30 minutes.
The keys to success in these cases:
Looking at the problem regularly, and having a didactic approach to it; the same way that you can prompt an AI to have efficient reasoning by making it “think” step by step, writing allows to find good ideas. In public is even better IMO, because if you have a bad approach, you’ll feel shameful about it and/or someone will point it out.
Trying out changes regularly
So yeah. Thanks for your post, it made me think a lot