Set High Standards For Yourself
You will receive what you expect in life. If you set a standard and expect to follow it, you will. Write down what you expect of yourself and say it out loud every morning and every night. Your thoughts dictate your feeling’s and your feeling’s form your actions. It is that simple. This being said, if you set higher expectations for yourself, you will gain much more out of life.
Determine Exactly What Your Going For
Find exactly what your motivating force is. To succeed you must have a reason. One, that really outlines your passion and your vision. If you have found your driving force, it’s time to get serious; draw all the passionate energy within you and release it. Just sit back and watch your passion work wonders to your life.
If you have not yet found your passion, do not worry. Everyone, has a passion it’s sometimes just hiding within you and will only come out when it’s triggered by an experience.
Develop A Plan
Planning is one of the most important steps to reaching a specific goal. It also keeps you motivated to proceed to the end because you have an outline right there in front of you. There is no reason to give up if you are passionate and prepared for your goal.
Here are the few simple steps for creating your plan:
- Write down your goals
- Focus on one goal at a time
- Create a timeline
- Go through with your plan
A plan is very simple to create. The issue is it’s time consuming. You must really put a lot of thought and research into how you will accomplish your goals.
There are many reasons you should be rewarding your hard work and progress towards your goals. For one, the more you are aware of and reward your success, the more success will come to you.
You will always have goals throughout life. This means if you don’t reward yourself in some form during life you will not be happy and you may even lose motivation to pursue your dreams.
By rewarding yourself, you are showing gratitude to your mind and body. As my mom used to say, “You get more bees with honey”. This is such an important fact to understand and is totally true in all aspects of life.
On the other hand, if you skip out on rewarding yourself, then you are creating a negative cycle. Your brain will start to ask, “What’s the purpose of what I am doing?” because you are receiving nothing for your work.
Everyone becomes exhausted or just worn-out at some point. And we all know, our productivity goes right out the door. Yet many of us just keep working ourselves through these conditions. There are many reasons for this. One, being that people believe that taking a break will lengthen their work.
However, taking a break from time to time can be great for you. A break makes you much more productive, refreshes your mind, and boosts creativity.
I strongly believe that if you are striving towards a goal; and you don’ t take any breaks, you will eventually give up. The brain is very intelligent and also selfish. If it feels you aren’t benefiting from something, it will encourage you to quit doing it.
Many of us don’t get the quality of sleep we need. We end up feeling grumpy and groggy. Furthermore, our brain doesn’t function as well as it could. When our brain is not functioning well, there is no way we can work at our best.
How you feel throughout the day often is based on how well you sleep. Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in the quality of our life.
Build a sleep schedule
A regular sleep routine keeps your biological clock steady so you sleep better. Out of all the sleep tips out there, this is the one to make sure you incorporate in your life.
Pick a bedtime and wake-up time and stick to them as much as you can. Life will definitely interfere from time to time, but try not to veer too much off of your routine.
It will take time and commitment to adapt to your knew sleep routine. I suggest going to bed fifteen minutes earlier than you normally have until you have reached your set bedtime.
Do you crawl into bed with worries? From past experiences you know your mind’s constant thinking keeps you up and destroys your sleep. Thus, ruining the next day.
Luckily! There is a solution to this. And it is meditation. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on your breathing and bringing your mind to the present. This helps reduce all those thoughts racing through your mind or any stresses you may have. By meditating you will find your self in a very worry-free and relaxed state of living.
I suggest you meditate for around twenty minutes. It is totally up to you however and you will benefit from any amount of meditation. Meditation is a practice, so I urge you to make meditation part of your daily routine.
Go to bed with a sleep-inducing scent
Many sleep-inducing scents have a sedative effect on the body which is both relaxing and calming, thus helping you fall asleep better.
Here are five great Scents for helping you fall asleep:
- Lavender: Lavender has been recognized as an effective scent to help you fall asleep. It has long been the most popular soothing fragrance. It has been used in soaps to perfume’s.
- Chamomile: Chamomile is most notably known for it’s ability to reduce stress and relax the mind. It is found in many teas and essential oils.
- Jasmine: Research has confirmed the long time belief that jasmine oil is a powerful relaxant. The aroma of jasmine is has a pleasing and uplifting effect and actively fights depression.
- Sandalwood: Sandalwood is both a relaxant and sedative. It relaxes nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Over the centuries sandalwood has reserved a place of respect in many civilization’s and religions around the world.
- Rose: Just a sniff of rose pedal is thought to soothe the nerves and calm the body. Rose can act as a tonic to relieve symptoms of depression.
Challenge your Brain
Your brain is a muscle, so keeping it in good shape, requires using it. In order to maintain your memory, cognition, recall and problem-solving skills you will have to make sure you’re challenging your brain in new ways for your entire life.
Scientists have found, that challenging the brain in new ways helps create new brain cells and strengthen the connections between them.
As you participate in higher levels of mental activity, your brain functions become much better and your risk for cognitive decline lowers. In addition, your likelihood of getting dementia decreases.
I suggest trying a new activity you have wanted to do for awhile. Some examples you could try are, learning a new language, learning to program computers or even learning to draw. There are all sorts of fun activities to explore.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Sleep helps your brain work properly and prepares it for the next day.
While you sleep your brain is processing all the information from your day. Sleep takes the memories from your day and stabilizes, copies and filters them to help prioritize their importance and usefulness for future reference.
The recommended amount of sleep for adults is between 7 and 8 hours per night. However, the amount of sleep you need depends on many factors. For some a good nights sleep in 4 hours and for others 9 hours.
I would test out different duration’s of sleep and find the period, where you feel rested and sharp and ready to take on the day.
I should mention, in order to maintain a good night’s sleep, you need to set a consistent bedtime routine. This ensures your sleep cycles are not disrupted.
Create Healthy Habits
Smoking and drinking cause harm to the brain. Both separately, and together.
Alcohol affects the parts of your brain that control judgment, concentration, coordination, behavior and emotions. Your sharpness is based on all of this! And alcohol’s effects are not positive, but negative.
Long-term drinking can result in permanent brain damage, serious mental health problems and alcohol dependency; especially for the young person. Excessive drinking can also disrupt your sleep patterns.
Cigarette smoking, has really negative effects on your brain as well. It is a cause of a stroke which is, damage to the brain due to problems with blood flow or the escape of blood into the brain. 40% of all strokes in people under 65 are caused by cigarette smoking.
A common myth, is that smoking helps concentration and makes a smoker alert. This is far from the truth. Don’t fall for it! Smoking will lower your IQ and your thinking ability becomes weak.
If you want to maintain a sharp brain, alcohol and smoking are not the route to take. I would suggest finding an alternative.
I have mentioned, smoking and alcohol because they are the two most common unhealthy habits, people will develop throughout their lifetime.
Here are 5 healthy habits you can apply in your life:
- Drink lots and lots of water.
- Eat at least one really healthy meal each day.
- Snack on fruit or veggies.
- Get outdoors.
I have mentioned, meditation already in many past articles. This is because it is one of the best thing’s you can do for your well-being.
Studies, have found that meditation is associated with a stronger ability to control your behavior and emotions. One study, published by the journal NeuroImage, UCLA neuroscientist Eileen Luders, found that, the brains of meditators had two brain regions that were larger than non-meditators.
Here are six ways mediation increases your intelligence:
- Balances your left and right brain.
- Increases brain size.
- Enables beneficial brainwave patterns.
- Boosts insight and intuition.
- Improves short and long term memory.
Make a Habit of Napping
Taking a nap improves brain activation and improves your memory, alertness and creativity. Many smart, energetic and creative people use power naps to keep their energy mood, and productivity high throughout their day.
A power nap is a short period of rest; around 15 to 20 minutes. Having one of these, should leave you mentally clear and sharp. The amazing thing about a power nap, is that it allows you to boost your productivity for the whole day in a very short time period.
A few proven benefits from napping
- Combats exhaustion.
- Increases brain activity.
- Helps brain recovery.
- Reduces stress.
- Increases happiness.
- Gives brain a quick boost in it’s functions.
Exercising, is a fantastic way to boost your brain power. Your brain will benefit from any amount of exercise you do. Even five minutes of exercise can improve your brain’s performance.
Cardio, is one of the best ways to boost your brain power. All the extra blood surrounds your brain cells in oxygen and glucose. And both of these are what fuel your brain cells. The more your brain cells are fueled, the better they will perform. So the more cardio exercise you do, the more powerful your brain becomes.
If you exercise, regularly you are priming your brain for growth. All the rushing blood going through you, accelerates the growth rate of the brain.
You will gain more than just increased brain performance by exercising. Your depression will alleviate, you will experience memory improvement’s, stress decrease and you will be more focused. On top of this, you will be a happier and more confident person.
1. How To Win Friends and Influence People
How to win friends and influence people, by Dale Carnegie, is an absolute must read if you want to understand how to deal with people, as it contains many valuable lessons.
The book consists of six main sections:
- Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
- Six Ways To Make People Like You
- Twelve Ways to Win People To Your Way of Thinking
- Be Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment
- Letters That Produced Miraculous Results
- Seven Rules For Making Your Home Life Happier
By the end of the book, you will have learned many quality life lessons. Some things this book will do for you include:
- Get you out of a mental rut, form new thoughts, visions and ambitions.
- Enable you to create new relationships fast and with ease.
- Increase your popularity.
- Show you how to win people to your way of thinking.
- You will become a better speaker.
- Help you form enthusiasm throughout the people around you.
- Your ability to handle criticism and avoid arguments will highly increase.
If you want to gain these abilities or improve upon them, I really suggest picking this book up. Keep in mind too, there is much more you will gain from this book, that I have not listed.
2. The Richest Man in Babylon
With an engaging format, the richest man in Babylon; written by, George Samuel Clason, is a fantastic read and a classic.
The book gives financial advice through parables set in ancient Babylon.
Beginning, with two men realizing that, one of their childhood friends had become known as the wealthiest man in Babylon. Their friend had created a life of riches, despite growing up in similar circumstances.
Here are eight lessons from the book:
- Pay yourself first.
- Live below your means.
- Make your money work for you.
- Insurance protects your wealth.
- Your home is your largest expense.
- Build a retirement plan.
- Invest in yourself.
- Track your wealth.
Although this book was written in 1926, it’s lessons still hold strong to this day and the vast majority of people have not learned these lessons yet.
3. Think and Grow Rich
Filled to the brim with amazing content and inspiration this is my personal all time favorite book on success.
Think and Grow Rich was written by, Napoleon Hill whom was inspired by the great industrialist, Andrew Carnegie. Napoleon Hill pieced the book together by studying some of history’s most successful people including:
- Henry Ford
- Thomas A. Edison
- John D. Rockefeller
- Woodrow Wilson
- Andrew Carnegie
- James J. Hill
- Edwin C. Barnes
- General Rufus A. Ayers
This is only a short list of the people, Napoleon studied; there are countless others.
I believe this book should be read by absolutely everyone who want’s to improve their life or reach their idea of success.
4. The Law Of Success
The Law Of Success, also written by Napoleon Hill is another fascinating read. It is a bit of a longer read than the other books mentioned but it goes into great detail on success.
This book, contains the culmination of Napoleon Hill’s research in depth. As a matter of fact, Think and Grow Rich is the condensed version of Napoleon Hill’s research.
The Law Of Success, outlines Napoleon Hills fifteen principles on success. He goes into great detail on each and you gain an insight on Napoleon Hill himself when you research these principles.
Napoleon Hill came up with these principles by interviewing the greatest leaders of his time in business, politics, science and religion. Many of whom gave him suggestions for these principles.
The fifteen principles:
- A Definite Chief Aim
- The Habit of Saving
- Initiative And Leadership
- Habit of Doing More Than Paid For
- Pleasing Personality
- Accurate Thought
- The Golden Rule
If your the type of person that loves long books and detailed explanations this is the book for you. You will gain a wealth of knowledge on success and your life will most likely change for the better if you follow Napoleon Hill’s principles.
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 habits of highly effective people expanded people’s interest in self-improvement and building a better life. This book has helped many people improve their life.
Stephen Covey, the author of the 7 habits of highly effective people, provides seven habits to live day to day by. The habits are easily understood, but may be hard to apply to your life. You may have to make significant changes in your life, which for many of us is a hard thing to do.
Anyone whom seeks to live a wonderful life should get accustomed to these habits. They are inspirational, life changing and highly applicable.
Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits:
- Be Proactive
- Begin With the End In Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood
- Sharpen The Saw
If you want to learn what these habits are and how you can apply them in your life. I would go get a copy of this book right away because habits can be hard to learn, just like they are to break.
I hope you gained some useful knowledge out of this. If you have any suggestions on great books about success, comment below, I’m sure many people would appreciate it!
Have a Good One!
How many times do you wake up feeling terrible in the morning? All the time is my bet. The reason you are feeling this way in the morning is because you have not built a good morning ritual or routine. Morning rituals will contribute heavily to how you feel when you wake up, as well as how the rest of your day will go. You will have a sense of purpose to get out of bed and be energized to do so. And most importantly you will have a fantastic day! Full of joy.
There is no certain routine you should go by. Instead you must experiment over time and find what works for you. How much sleep do you need? How much caffeine? Or do you not need caffeine at all? What activities will you do? It will definitely take time to find your perfect routine, but will be well worth the wait.
My Morning Routine:
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is smile. Smiling will not only help get you out of bed but also remind you to be grateful for your life. By smiling you’re actually changing your mental stat thus creating a great start to the morning.
2. Drink Water
Next, I drink water and LOTS of it. I drink at least two large glasses of water. Why drink so much water? The reason for drinking so much is because throughout the night your body becomes severely dehydrated. And dehydration drastically affects our mood and energy level.
3. Cold Shower
If you want to boost your alertness and really wake yourself up, take a cold shower. A cold shower may seem horrifying, but if you have one daily your body gets used to it. Some of the benefits include increased alertness, improved immunity and circulation, relief from depression and ease of stress. Some great news! You don’t need to give up your warm shower. Just shower in cold water than warm water.
There is no better way to start your morning than meditating. Meditation is so great for your mind; it boosts cognitive functions, builds focus and concentration, relieves stress and even increases grey matter. There are countless other benefits I have not named out there as well. I suggest meditating around twenty minutes in the morning because it doesn’t take much time out of your day.
Every morning I make sure I do some sort of exercise. I keep it short around twenty minutes because the purpose is to improve my energy levels for the day. Some days I will go for a quick jog or do some body weight exercises.
6. Healthy Meal
Lastly, I have a nutritious meal. Normally, I will have a smoothie with oatmeal or some yogurt and fruit. I find this makes me feel great and boosts my energy in the morning. There are countless healthy breakfast meals you can come up with if you want to start eating healthy in the morning.