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No Coffee Required: 5 Morning Routines That Can Help You Maintain Long Work Days

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I have been asked that question many times over; How can you maintain such a source of inexhaustible energy? I bet you drink two cups of coffee per day. The answer is actually no! I see coffee as being addictive, so I don’t get myself into the habit of drinking coffee and not being able to get out of it. Well, how do I do it then? The steps that follow will help you maintain a reasonable level of energy throughout the day.

Here are my 5 morning routines to help me maintain my 15 hour work day:

1. Morning reading for 20 minutes

The first thing I do when I wake up is pick up a good book and read for 20 minutes. I don’t check my messages or emails. Don’t get tempted into going to your computer first thing in the morning. Reading something positive first thing in the morning will set the tone for the rest of the day. Don’t use your smartphone, or anything that will distract you.

The reason you do this is because you will have a sense of control as you are doing something that you deliberately choose to do. If the first thing you do when you wake up is to start worrying about the demands of life, you are setting yourself up for failure. You will be depleted and won’t be able to do anything productive during the day. Start your day with a sense of control and maintain that attitude throughout the day and maintain that virtuous cycle. Those first 20 minutes are sacred, use them wisely!

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

2. Morning exercise for 10 minutes

Your 20-minute reading will be followed by 10 minutes of physical exercises. Push-ups, sit-ups, leg raises or jogging. Whatever you can do to get you physically pumped up. Some good music will be a plus. Exercising first thing in the morning helps boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories throughout the day through a process called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC.

Exercising increases your productivity and gets your endorphins going. You will be more awake and ready to tackle your day by giving yourself that extra energy boost. In addition to the productivity boost, research also shows that working out can increase your mental clarity for four to 10 hours post-exercise. This ten-minute workout gets you ready for the next step that you are about to learn shortly.

3. Morning shower for 15 minutes

If I were to choose between morning and night showers, I would definitely choose morning showers. This may different for most people but showering early morning is yet another amazing energy booster to get you ready for the long day ahead. Research shows that a morning shower can energize the body and help stimulate the lymphatic system.

In addition, a morning shower can wake you up and even boost creativity according to research. Dr. Janet K. Kennedy a clinical expert and sleep expert in New York, recommends a morning shower for those who have a hard time getting out of bed. You got to wash that sleep off!

“Everyone who has taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it that makes a difference.” – Nolan Bushnell

4. Morning writing for 5 minutes

Spending five minutes every morning writing will be of great value as well. I usually spend five minutes each morning writing about what I am grateful for, my parents, my health, my work, etc. I would then write about what the one task is that I would need to get done above all during the day today. Lastly, I write my LTG (long-term Goal) down. I remind myself that everything I do today will be another step to take me closer to that goal.

5. Power breakfast for 10 minutes

Yes, you see right. I call this the power breakfast. I take time to have an abundant breakfast. It varies between fruits, cereals, breads, hot chocolate, milk, chow mein and so on. After that breakfast I am ready to face the day. Sometimes, I will eat breakfast at my office or in class, but I will always make sure I have the power breakfast. While I usually go through the first four steps without speaking a word to anyone, the breakfast is usually different. You are free to have breakfast your way, but always make sure you get your “power breakfast.”

These rules may seem too simplistic as indeed they are, but they are effective. In 2016 I got bad reviews simply because I was sleeping too much in my cubicle and I couldn’t focus. When they would not renew my contract for sleeping too much in my office I knew I needed to find a lasting solution if things were to be different. It had to be a healthy and lasting solution.

From December 2016, I have decided to use these five steps and they have worked wonders. As a matter of fact, I sleep for 5.5 hours down from eight hours previously. That may sound counterintuitive but I have more energy to go through the day right now than I did when I was sleeping eight hours. I know it is effective because I literally work around 15 hours a day. The ultimate success of my writing depends on whether you decide to take these principles and apply them in your own life.

One simple question; Why wouldn’t you give it try?

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My name is Bachir Bastien. Being the sparkle that will ignite the fire of possibilities in as many people as possible is how I define myself. I was born and raised in Haiti by my mother. My life has been a struggle since conception. I decided that I was going to use my stories to empower others. These experiences may have been lemons, but I can use them to make sweet lemonade. This is what I have decided to do. That became my life purpose. My first name Bachir means messenger of good news in Arabic; I have been doing just that for the past two years here in Taiwan through articles, workshops, seminars and speeches. I have seen students changing behaviors, increase in confidence, watched students conquer stage fright, etc. This in turn gives me the unwavering certitude that I can empower more people.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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