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3 Ways to Start Your Morning to Achieve Peak Performance

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As an entrepreneur, I learned that to give yourself the greatest chance to succeed, it starts with what you do in the morning. I’ve learned quite a lot about achieving peak performance from spending over $300,000 on my own personal development. Peak performance is simply not something many people achieve in their own life and that’s something that saddens me.

I had never been one for corporate culture and wanted to impact the world, but I knew that wouldn’t happen with the lifestyle I was currently living. I came off of having two failed businesses and decided to start studying those who are successful and see if there were any outliers other than the average common folk. I learned quite a deal, but more importantly, I learned that living your best life ever starts with what you do in the morning.

The average person gets up in the morning and maybe they take a shower and grab breakfast, possibly reading the newspaper for the day, but that isn’t enough to get you to where you want to go. You can’t expect to do what everyone else is doing and get ahead. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is miniscule.

Here are the 3 things that the most successful people do every morning that the average person doesn’t do:

1. Meditate

Those who have achieved peak performance in their life start their day off with a meditation session. If you can’t find five or ten minutes during your day, then you don’t deserve to become successful. When you decide to meditate, you’re clearing your mind of your thoughts and allow yourself to think clearly for the day ahead.

We can move so fast in our lives that we never take a second to stop and take a breath. Meditation isn’t something that takes a lot of time, it’s something as simple as five minutes each day that can have a profound impact on your life.

According to an article on Psychology Today, some of the benefits of meditation are increasing positive emotion, decreasing depression, anxiety, stress, boosts your self control, and increasing focus and attention. All those benefits for five minutes of your time, it’s no wonder all those who achieve peak performance meditate.

“When you are at home, even if the chicken is a little burnt, what’s the big deal? Relax.” – Jacques Pepin

2. Take Cold Showers

If you tell someone that you take cold showers, they will think you’re crazy. They’re the crazy ones for not understanding the benefits. According to an article on Medical Daily, the benefits of cold showering are: Increases alertness, improves immunity and circulation, eases stress, relieves depression, speeds up muscle soreness and recovery, and stimulates weight loss. You can get those benefits from the turn of a dial when you’re in the shower.

If you’ve never taken a cold shower before, it can be quite intimidating. I’d recommend that you take your normal warm shower and then end your shower with it being cold for at least one minute. Over time, you’ll develop a resiliency to the cold and you’re able to take your entire shower cold!

Another reason the successful take cold showers besides all the benefits mentioned is that it allows them to develop a stronger mindset. You won’t make it far in the world as an entrepreneur if you have a weak mindset. You always need to look for ways to strengthen your mindset. No one likes to take a cold shower, but forcing yourself to take one will strengthen your mindset.  

3. Have a Gratitude and Goal Journal

As you will have noticed, I’ve only added five minutes to your morning routine. This next exercise might add another five minutes to your routine. If for ten minutes each day, you could live a better life, why wouldn’t you do it?

In my search for how to achieve peak performance, the last common occurrence I noticed between those who are successful is that they have a gratitude and goal journal. With their gratitude journal, they’d briefly write three to five things in which they were thankful during the previous day. The reason they do this is that no matter how bad their day is going, they can always pull something positive from their day. It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and forget all the good in your life.

Along with their gratitude journal, they always keep track of the goals they’ve set for themselves. They check in with their goals every day and track their progress to make sure they’re heading the right direction. You need to set goals for yourself because if you don’t you will be living a passive life. When you set goals for yourself, you need to track it to understand if you need to fix something or if everything is running smoothly.

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible,” – Orison Swett Marden

To achieve peak performance in your life need not be difficult. You need to make small changes to your daily habits. These changes may seem insignificant in the moment, but they add up overtime to get you closer to your ideal life. The same can be said if you implement bad habits as life is but a collection of daily routines. Are you willing to make the necessary changes to live a better life, or will you fall back into your default habits and a life of mediocrity? The choice is up to you!

How do you start your day? Comment below!

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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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How to Turn Inward and Detox Your Mind

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When we are overwhelmed by confusion, our psyche tries to establish certainty to alleviate our discomfort. This is usually accomplished by mentally imagining and acting out a plot. Unfortunately, much of the time, we mentally visualize pessimistic (or worst-case scenario) scenarios to provide certainty. (more…)

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