Pledge and Intentions
By this point you should: understand what snoring is, how the dangers apply to you and your life, and finally you should be primed to make these simple exercises part of your every day to stop snoring.
However good intentions have a bad reputation as, for example, people who form New Year’s resolutions earn at best a sympathetic smile when they announce their heroic intentions.
Most people that set goals fail. Not by trying and missing the mark (this would in fact be the hallmark of most highly successful people). No, most people that are initially motivated by an idea never take the sufficient first steps to get off the line and see it through.
This article follows a simple model to buck this trend but we appreciate that any change in one’s routine remains a big ask. Here are two simple ideas that might help build that extra layer of determination and allow you to embed the exercises quicker than you might think.
Make a Pledge
Making a pledge sounds much more daunting than it really needs to. No one is expecting you to raise one hand with the other on a Bible or take the Hippocratic Oath. Pledging in this context is about making your plans known to as many other people as possible.
Your close family presumably know you are a snorer, and are likely snorers and future snorers themselves, so this is the best starting point.
Given the types of domestic strain snoring causes this group are also likely to be a source of real support.
The basic theory says that the more people who know you are committed to making a change, the more likely you are to feel accountable and complete the journey.
This is a very simple, almost obvious step to take but a study into marathon runners shows us that it is also incredibly effective. The study contained two focus groups of first-time marathon runners. Group one were left to their own devices and told only a small group of friends and family about their desire to complete the challenge.
Group two were asked to pledge their intentions to as many people as possible. The results were stacked in favour of group two with nearly 85% of the participants completing a marathon within nine months of the pledge. Conversely 15% of group one had completed their set challenge, with the remainder presumably still “preparing”.
Conditions are never perfect. The ducks will rarely align so stick your neck out and make a simple change that will have huge positive effects on your life and those around you.
All best-made plans must reach the moment of action at some stage. Typically, this is the biggest hurdle in effective goal pursuit, however one that can be easily overcome if we understand the strong effects of simple plans.
We can all think of endless reasons not to do something – and the exercises above are no different. If you find it easy to put things off, or wait for non-rainy days then it is essential that you apply some basic intention theory to ensure that the activity gets completed. Try and focus on the routine one day at a time.
Success will always be defined by the culmination of your daily activity and will prevent you from the influence of that niggling doubt or fear of the bigger picture. Hopefully the option of being a non-snorer via such simple means is motivation enough but combined with a “take it each day as it comes” mentality you are on to a winning formula.
Finally, making good on your intentions and getting the activity done is evidence of becoming an expert in the field of how to stop snoring, expertise that others can benefit from.
Evidence shows that people learn most through a combination of group discussion and teaching, so get out there and talk about your success and the massive changes that getting restful sleep has made to your personal and professional relationships, goals and aspirations.