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The alarm clock startles you, and for a moment, you don’t know where you are. Then you realize that despite feeling like you didn’t sleep a wink last night, it’s time to face the day. Whether you’ve got an important meeting or need to take the kids to school, use these 3 powerful techniques to ensure you start the day with a bang.

1. Jump out of bed immediately

As soon as the alarm rings, immediately jump out of bed. Don’t wait 5 minutes. Don’t idly lay there coming to terms with the new day, get out of bed. As soon as your feet touch the ground, I want you to powerfully swing your arms out whilst looking upwards and howl “WHOOOOO”.
Put all of your energy into it and go through the whole sequence three times.

This simple mind/body technique that I call ‘I Have The Power’ will instantaneously alter your internal state by immediately sending a signal to your brain and nervous system that you are awake, alert, and ready to rock.  Just make sure to do it silently if someone is sleeping.

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin 

2. Take a hot and cold shower

You might be afraid to try this, but once you give it a go the results will speak for themselves. Following your announcement to the world that you are here “WHOOOO”, jump in the shower and turn it up as hot as you can take it for 2 minutes. Don’t scold yourself but make it hot enough so that you have to move the spray to different body parts.

After 2 minutes, turn the shower to maximum cold. I know what you are thinking, why on earth would you ever want to take a cold shower first thing in the morning? Here is why. By taking a hot shower, immediately followed by a cold shower, you will literally jump start your nervous system in such a powerful way that it will oscillate every cell in your body.

Not only will it thoroughly wake you up and improve circulation, it will stimulate your lymph; an internal sewer system responsible for pulling waste away from your cells. It’s like jump starting a dead car battery, cleaning out the air filter, and injecting nitrous, all at the same time. You will leave the shower tingling and invigorated with life.

Congratulations, you just super charged your system. Now it’s time for the final part of this wake-up call.

3. Prime yourself

You are going to dedicate 9 minutes to what Tony Robbins calls ‘Priming’. Sit down in a quiet place, close your eyes, and concentrate on this simple 3 stage process:

Stage 1: Gratitude

Spend the first 3 minutes focusing on 3 things that you are extremely grateful for. Dedicate the first minute to something simple such as giving thanks for your legs, or the roof over your head. Now spend the next two minutes being grateful for 2 more things that you hold dear to your heart.

This could be a recent business success, achieving your dietary goals, a financial win, or rekindling an old relationship. Make sure that they really mean something to you, and really step into it. Really give thanks and experience the feelings of gratitude.

Stage 2: Prayer

This isn’t religious at all. It’s ok if you want to make it religious, but for the nonreligious out there, like myself, it’s not necessary to attach a religious connotation. Spend 3 minutes sending positive vibes to 3 people dear to you, dedicating 1 minute to each of them.

Send thoughts of goodwill to family members, friends, even clients. It could even be an enemy if you’re feeling particularly empathetic. Pray for their abundance, good health, material wealth, or that their operation will be a success. Send as many positive well wishes their way as you can.

Stage 3: Visualization

Finally, I want you to think of 3 things that are of high value that you are most committed to achieving.  It could be losing 10 pounds by Christmas, completing an important business deal, or rekindling the spark and zest in your marriage.

Devote your attention to 3 things that are precious to you, 3 things you are driven to achieve, and visualize them as already done. Envision yourself as slimmer, healthier, and super sexy. Create a movie in your head where you see the major business deal being a huge success. Walk yourself through the whole process, visually signing the contract and shaking hands.

Use the power of your imagination to chase your ideal partner along the beach. Create every detail in your mind, from the color of their hair to the clothes they are wearing. Make it as holographically real as possible.

Do these ‘three to thrive’, meditation techniques every morning after your shower. Spend 3 minutes on each section for a total of 9 minutes. Or longer if you’re really getting into it.

“To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!” – Alfred A. Montapert

By using the ‘I HAVE THE POWER’ technique, followed by a hot/cold shower, and then spending around 9 minutes harnessing the creative power of your mind to give thanks, love, and positive affirmations, you will have literally primed and wired your nervous system for success.

Within 15 minutes of waking up, your body and mind will be running at maximum velocity. You will be an animated, laser sharp, supreme machine. While the other zombies are putting on their slippers, you’ll be out the door moving mountains.

How do your start your morning out? Please leave your thoughts below!

Drew Drake is a lifestyle success writer who dedicates his work towards helping people to wake up from a deep sleep, get themselves out of a rut, follow their hearts to freedom, and fulfill their maximum potential. If you would like to inspire and motivate your audience with articles and blogs that will enlighten, entertain, and help your visitors unleash their best selves, then connect with him via www.lifestylesuccesswriter.com. You can also follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/LFSuccessWriter.

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3 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself and Live an Optimized Life

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The secret to happiness lies in the way you live your life. People think of happiness as some destination they’ll reach when they’ve accomplished the hundred things on their life to-do list. Happiness is often associated with money, material possessions, or even great relationships. (more…)

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These 7 Daily Resolutions Can Change Your Life

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We all strive to be better every day. Most of us want a new day to bring something new, and we plan for it as well. Of course, the execution is debatable as procrastination is real and it becomes an overwhelming feeling at times. Also, not to forget the customary practice of making resolutions on new year’s eve!  All of us are fascinated by the thought of preparing long lists of resolves to mark the beginning of a new year. Not sure how many people are able to translate these resolutions into functional realities. (more…)

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

5. Nourish Your Body

As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.

Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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