Success

Improve Your Day With a Morning Ritual

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:

 

1.       Smile

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.

 

 

4.       Meditate

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.

 

5.       Exercise

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.

 

 

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The Six Things Great Leaders Do

Ignite others potential

 

Everyone is born with great potential. However many people don’t understand their true potential until it’s too late. In some cases people never find their potential. A great leader, can spot people’s gifts and ignite them.

 

This is one of the leading reasons a great leader has so much respect. Unlocking someone’s potential will change their life for the better. And the greatest gift anyone can give is a life changing experience.

 

Inspire others

 

Great leaders, have the power to change how the mind works. Let me tell you the definition of inspiration: the process of being mentally simulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Now, what do great leaders do? They inspire huge sums of people.

 

The amazing thing is that when great leaders inspire; people’s minds aren’t moved in one direction but in many. Inspiration is formed by one’s perception; people will be moved in varying ways by the same act of inspiration.

 

Leave Behind a Legacy

 

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” – Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

 

Great leaders proceed to the next life, after making an exponential difference in the world. They are remembered and their inspiration continues to live long after they are gone.

 

Mahatma Gandhi, arguably the greatest leader of all time became the most important part of Indian struggle against the colonial rule. He brought the people of India together through inspiration and helped them gain their civil rights. It is said that Martin Luther King Jr. was inspired by Gandhi’s acts.

 

Most importantly, great leaders teach the whole world important lessons. And those lessons make the world a much better place.

 

Lead by Example

 

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi

 

Leadership is the process by which one person influences the behaviors, attitudes and thoughts of others. Leaders make it their main objective to help people defeat their challenges.

 

Great leaders understand that many people are watching and looking up to them. Therefore they make sure they are doing exactly, what they want their followers to do or behave like. To put it simply, successful leaders practice what they preach.

 

Many people whom have the potential to be great leaders fail, solely because they think of themselves in a position of power. This is far from the truth, leadership is about action.

 

Provide a Purpose

 

Without a purpose you have no ambition or motivation. Energy will not be in the absence to make a change in the world if you lack ambition and motivation. Great leaders cause huge changes in the world.

 

Therefore, one must have a purpose to be a great leader. This purpose must be fueled by passion; else great change will never be achieved.

 

A purpose provides a goal and furthermore, a reason to keep moving forward to achieve this goal. When things go rough, a purpose keeps you going.

 

Show Gratification

 

The greatest leaders understand that people will achieve more with a sense of value to the world. One of the main goals we all have is to be of value to someone else.

 

Many people do not receive the gratitude they need and want from the world. So when someone shows gratitude even in the smallest ways it makes a tremendous difference.

 

This is exactly what great leaders do. They are always acknowledging when someone has done something great. Whether it be, small or huge, they notice and show gratification

 

If you can think of anything else a great leader does, please comment below.

 

Cheers!

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Multiple Minds One Master Mind

Are you one of those people who just hate working with other people? Do you feel like you get more done by working by yourself? Well I have some bad news; working together with people will be a huge benefactor to your success.

 

I have to admit I didn’t like working with people either. It wasn’t until I came across the theory of the, “Master Mind” that I embraced group work and valued it.

 

I should probably define what I mean by, “Master Mind” before I proceed on. A master mind is created when multiple minds come together in complete harmony. To put is simply, when multiple people come together and collaborate in harmony, more value will be formed than if one person was collaborating with himself on the matter.

 

For example, if you group employees or student’s together to work on projects, everyone has their own knowledge and experiences. All this knowledge and experience becomes shared among them. If a problem arises in the project it will be tackled quite quickly because of the diversity of knowledge within the group.

 

If only one person were working on this project however, the project would take a much longer time to complete because the person only has his/her mind to contemplate with. So if he/she comes upon a problem he/she can’t fix, he/she lacks the possible solutions he/she could have with a group.

 

The Master Mind Group

 

To create a Master Mind, you must form a special kind of group. Funny enough, this kind of group is just called a Master Mind Group.

 

This group can consist of as many or as few people as you wish. Just make sure the people whom are in the group work simultaneously to a common objective and work well together.

 

A Master Mind group can help you solve problems you may have or give you a push through difficult times.

 

Many Master Mind groups are held in a formal matter. However it’s entirely up to your group how you want to organize your meetings.

 

I suggest, at your Master Mind meetings, everyone share their goals or issues with everyone. After someone is done sharing, have the members of the group respond and contribute to a discussion by sharing knowledge or providing answers.

 

One important benefit about mastermind groups is accountability. When you share your goals and talk about them, you are far more likely to achieve them. It’s probably because of the motivation you receive from your group members at each meeting.

 

If you want to join or create a Master Mind group, I suggest asking around and going on social sites where you can find like-minded people.

 

All Master Mind groups will behave differently, so it may take a few groups to find the right one for you. I wish you luck!

 

If you have been part of a Master Mind group or have any information on them, please share your knowledge and experience. Even if it’s just a small tip, people will really appreciate it!

 

Have a good one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Live a Happy Life

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Albert Schweitzer.

 

Everyone wants to be truly happy, but many people are not on the right path. I always thought happiness would come from success, but I was wrong. Successful people are at the level they are due to their happiness.

 

You cannot truly be successful without happiness.  Take a moment and ask yourself, “What is my true life’s purpose”. If you think deep enough you will find that your true life’s purpose is to become happier.

 

The reason people want a great career or job is so that they are happy with their work and make good money. People assume that by making more money they will become happier.

 

I don’t blame people for believing this. As a matter of fact I used to believe it. It wasn’t until I put a lot of research in that I found what really brings out happiness.

 

Happiness comes from within us. You can have absolutely nothing and be much happier than someone with a lot of “stuff”. The amount of “stuff” you have does not dictate how happy you will be, like I said before happiness is internal and unaffected by external things.

 

However, I am not telling you to forget about achievements and “stuff”. You can still be happy and have a lot. Your “stuff” just won’t be the source of your happiness.

 

Below are four tips for reaching happiness.

 

Decide to be Happy

 

Your path to happiness will start with the decision to be happier and the willingness to study happiness.

 

This will involve studying qualities and traits of happy people. What do they do? How do they live? What are ways they deal with their problems? These are only a few of the questions you should ask yourself.

 

Write your answers down on paper so you can look back on them also, I suggest recording any research you have done. By writing down what you have studied you are not only increasing the chances of remembering it but also gaining a deeper understanding.

 

Happy people do not get to where they are by  luck. They build it for themselves over time. So you too,  must create your happiness.

 

Become a Better Person

 

Not many people are too eager to start personal development. The reasoning is because it is tedious. You have to make a ton of minor adjustments to your life.

 

Creating a happy and fulfilled life, is about finding the best way you work. It’s your responsibility to take control of your own being.

 

You came to this post in seek of the answer for more happiness. My answer is to start by finding your potential and reaching it.

 

If you truly want happiness, start becoming a better person. You will find, as you better as a person, you become happier.

 

There are many great ways you can educate yourself in personal development. One of the best and easiest ways is to just read. So I would get your hands on as many books as possible. Other options could be listening to audio books, attending seminars, online courses or  watching videos on YouTube.

 

The more knowledge you have, the more power you have to change. The more you apply your learnt principles the happier you will become.

 

The road to happiness is not hard,  it begins with a choice and ends with a choice. Now go out and better yourself and in turn become a much happier individual.

 

Set Some Goals

 

Goals, goals, and goals I love them.  Goals are so important in basically everything. Now that you have made the decision to walk the road to happiness, you need some clear goals laid out.

 

Set your goals to match what you want in the main areas of your life that will contribute to your happiness.

 

Main areas:

  • Health
  • Career and Success
  • Relationships and Love
  • Wellness and Personal Development

 

I believe these to be the main areas in your life that will contribute to your happiness. By building goals for each of these areas you will be doing much more than just working towards a happy life. Whenever you have the option to kill two birds with one stone do it.

 

Many articles will say the most successful goals are those that meet the SMART criteria, standing for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

 

I don’t fully agree with this. Goals don’t have to be realistic; they can be anything you want. Think about when someone has invented something completely new and has astonished the world. An example could be when, Guglielmo Marconi invented the wireless telegraph.

 

The wireless telegraph enabled people to send signals without wires, which was astonishing in that time period and would have been thought as “unrealistic”, if someone said they were going to develop something like this.

 

What is realistic is always changing daily with new technologies arising. This being said I don’t see the need to set a realistic goal.

 

However, if you decide to set an unrealistic goal, you will have to work like mad to reach it and really believe in yourself and the goal. Dreams are only attained by hardcore commitment and determination.

 

I do however, agree with having specific goals that are measurable. A specific goal is a lot easier to attain and will be a lot less time consuming because you know exactly what you want.

 

Now, with attainability and time I disagree as well since by setting only short term goals,  you are limiting yourself in my opinion. For example, when investing it’s a lot better to be patient with your money and keep your investments for around ten year periods to minimize risk overtime. Normally, if you’re a short term investor or trader you will lose a lot of money at some point.  The same thing goes for attainable goal as for a realistic goal, if you work like mad for a seemingly unattainable goal, you may reach it.

 

With this being said, you can follow the SMART goal theory if you want but it may limit you to small scale goals and you may not reach your potential.

 

Lastly, once you have your goals review them on a daily bases so you remember and know what your working towards.

 

Good luck on your goals! Dream BIG! And work like mad!

 

 Follow your Passion

 

Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day. It is not a good sign if you are waking up in the morning dreading to go to work. On the other hand if you are passionate about what you do, chances are you will wake up happily and the tone of your day will great and fulfilling. Remember you came to this article to find happiness not money. So if you have to go back to school and pay some money don’t worry about it. Do you want money?  Or happiness?

 

Now think about the whole day. If you are not passionate about what you are doing, you will have a very draining experience while working. There will always be good and bad days but when you have a passionate job the majority will be enjoyable.

 

If you don’t set passion as one of your top values, you’re going to live in a cycle of misery. On top of that, if you are doing something you hate every day, or week for that matter, you will start to hate it more and more over time which will not only be horrible for you but also your co-workers because of your attitude.

 

If you find something you are super passionate about as a job, you may be able to call it a hobby that pays.  When you wake up you will be excited to work and nothing will stop you from getting work done.

 

My favorite part of finding a passionate job, that you can go places with,  is not only the end result is enjoyable but the whole journey is a fun and exciting.

 

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How To Save Your Money

It is quite obvious that saving money is a huge part of your success, the question in the mind of the majority of people whom do not save is:

 

“How can I save?”

 

Saving money is entirely based on habit. It is true that people form their personalities through habit. As you repeat acts a few times it becomes a habit.  For example, when you first drive you don’t know any routes around the city or town you live in but as you keep driving it becomes second nature and you don’t even think about it.

 

Many people have gone into debt or poverty by not forming good habits throughout life and wonder why and how they got to where they are.  In most cases, these people either have not heard of or ignored the Law of Attraction which states, “Like attracts like”. So if you keep on focusing on the fact that you’re in debt than according to this law you’re going to stay that way. Whereas if you imagine yourself out of debt; you’re likely going to start finding ways to bring more money into your life because your thoughts are attracting the reality where you are out of debt. This may seem far-fetched but if you truly believe in something it will become a reality. The reason the Law of attraction seems so, “out there” is because most people can’t truly believe something is real without seeing it with their eyes.  For example, people see the Law of Attraction and want to incorporate it in their life and they start to focus their thoughts on a better life, under the assumption they truly believe but nothing changes and they give up on the theory and asses the theory as false.

 

Here is a great article on your thoughts:

http://www.mind-your-reality.com/thought_power.html

 

Poverty and debt can be fatal to your saving’s habit because you begin to have fear. Your ambition, self-confidence and hope can cripple with it. The only way to get out of your debt is to keep up your saving’s habit or create one. Debt and poverty can also become habitual and you do not want this to happen. There are a couple ways to kill the fear of debt and poverty. First, stop buying on credit and start paying off your already procured debt. Secondly, you must completely abolish any spending habit you may have. Do not buy things outside your needs until you are debt-free. As you start seeing your debt decrease your old or new habit of saving will start to increase. Without fear your mind will become more focused and able to discipline itself in the form of good habits that may seem difficult to keep.

 

A question that comes up quite a lot is, “How much should I save?”  this is a great question and has many answers. The amount one should save depends on multiple conditions. My suggestion to you would to save at least ten percent of your income or money every month. If you feel you can cut back on your expenses and save more do. Don’t over save though because you don’t want to feel uncomfortable with your lifestyle.

 

To start saving:

1.       Record your expenses:

To start, you must first record all of your purchases. This means recording everything even your coffee you may buy in the morning or the paper you need for your printer etc. Once you have data on a month of expenses I suggest sorting the data into categories and add the numbers up.

2.       Build a budget:

Now that you have a bunch of data on your expenses, you know where you may be overspending. So thoroughly look through your data and set limits where you are over spending.

3.       Set saving’s goals:

Setting up goals will bring the excitement to saving and motivate you to keep saving. Figure out exactly how long and how much you must spend for each goal.

4.       Have priorities:

You should set priorities for your saving’s goals. Find out which goals are most important and benefit in the long run. Sort your goals into a list based on what you find. Some goals you may not be able to start yet from insufficient funds but can be achieved at a later period.

 

 

The benefits of saving are plentiful. One of the largest contributor to people’s stress is money. This comes from the fact that money really dictates how we live our lives. It is what we drive to work, wear and eat to where we live. People despise the feeling of limited choices. One benefit is that saving is very rewarding. When you reach your goal you get this feeling of euphoria. Most importantly though saving will help you feel like you’re in full control of your life.

 

 

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