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Here’s a Morning Routine That Will Make You Unstoppable

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Get up, brush your teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work. Day in, day out. How do you begin your day? We are creatures of habit and as such, we can easily get into some humdrum habits that aren’t exactly bad, but aren’t really allowing us to live at our full potential. If you’re looking for something to give you that slight edge, look no further than your morning routine. A morning routine should not be moving through the basics as quickly as possible to get on your way to your day. A morning routine is a mindful experience that puts you on the path to a great day.

What are some habits you can start to include in your morning routine? Here’s a few to consider:

1. Hydrate

Your body is dehydrated first thing in the morning and waking it up with a glass of water is one of the most important things you can do. For a bit more flavor, try warm or hot lemon water first thing in the morning – this can help to get your digestive system moving right away. Whether you choose a glass of cold water or a hot lemon water, you will find numerous benefits to hydrating your body right away. Some of the benefits touted on both of these include improving your metabolism, improving mental performance and helping to eliminate toxins.

“If you win the morning, you win the day.” – Tim Ferriss

2. Quiet, reflective time with journaling, gratitude or meditation

Some of the most successful people start their day with some form of quiet, reflective time including Oprah Winfrey, Mel Robbins and Tim Ferriss. Each of these routines can help to reduce stress, calm the mind and can help you to take control of your mental health. These habits help to start your day on a positive note and train your brain to look for the good throughout your day. Our minds are programmed to find what they seek, so if you train your brain to look for the good, that’s what it will find and allow you to move through your day more positively.  

3. Send love

This might sound a little out there, but stick with me. This method is taught by Bob Proctor, and it’s a powerful lesson in forgiveness. Once you’ve completed your journaling, gratitude and/or meditation, take a moment to close your eyes. Think of someone that you are having a challenging time with and send them love. Don’t think about what they’ve done or why you might be angry or upset with them. Simply send them love and positive energy. 

It’s not so much about them, though you may find that the positive energy you send their way seems to somehow break down some of the challenges you are finding with them. It’s about you and the energy that you are putting out into the world. When you hold onto anger or keep going over the challenges in your own mind with someone else, it stays with you. 

It’s like the quote from the Buddha that you’ve probably heard before: “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; You are the one that gets burnt.” Sending love is a powerful lesson in forgiveness and letting go.

4. Get your body moving

Starting your day with exercise can help to improve your mood and increase your energy. There are numerous benefits to exercise at any time of the day. Anything you can do to get your body moving first thing in the morning, even as simple as a walk around the block or ten minutes of sun salutations, will get your blood flowing to enhance alertness and prepare you for your day. In addition, if you allow yourself the time for a full workout, you open up time later in your day that may have been used for this to do whatever you please.  

“Wake up early everyday so that while others are still dreaming, you can make your dreams come true.” – Hal Elrod

5. Decide on the most important tasks for your day

Many of us write down our to-do lists, trying to rush through as much as possible. While doing as much as can be done in our day is valued, those with the habit of success know that doing the most important tasks first will move you much further along in the long run.  

Take time to write down up to six tasks that would be most important for you to do today. Then number them, starting with the most important task, the thing that if you only finished one task today would move the needle the most. When you start your day, begin with this task and forget about the others for the time being. Don’t move on to the next one until this is complete. 

It sounds so simple, but is a highly effective strategy for getting more done. Our minds tend to wander and want to think about the next task before we have finished the first. By deciding on what’s most important upfront, you’ll get done more quickly and have the most important thing you need to do completed so you can fully move on to the next (even if that means you don’t get to until tomorrow).

Starting your day in a positive energy can have an enormous impact on the rest of your day. Move away from the mundane and try this for a couple weeks. Watch as your life begins to transform.

Amy Kerman-Gutzmer is a coach, yoga teacher and believer of continuous personal development and improvement. She helps others to live their best lives and find their inner calm. You can find her on her website Everyday Yoga Escape or follow her on facebook.

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A Simple but Effective Technique to Be More Confident

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Many people want to learn how to be confident in different situations, but it’s not always easy. Maybe we’re too addicted to comparing ourselves or maybe social media has brainwashed us to believe that we should all be rich, famous, and in incredible shape. (more…)

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Knowing Your Message vs Delivering Your Message

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Have you ever sent a text message only to have it misinterpreted by the person reading it? Happens all the time. Have you ever given a presentation that you were totally prepared for only to have it fall flat? Happens all the time. Have you ever had someone ask you something like, “Why are you mad?” when you were not at all mad? Happens all the time. (more…)

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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​​4 Boss Level Growth Strategies That Create an Optimized Life

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Building a business is about more than sales, marketing, and flexing on social media. While those things tend to draw attention, they attract the wrong type of clients and are not how you build a sustainable and freedom-focused business. (more…)

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