A Morning Routine to Stay Focused and Excel

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Every time you wake up in the morning, your frontal cortex is fully charged with willpower. The quality of the results you may get from it will depend on the way you use your first 30 minutes of the day.

The average person usually starts their day by doing the following: they’d wake up, reach out for the phone while still in bed, and start reading emails. Then, they’d check Instagram and Facebook posts, and scroll through some news sites.

Finally, they’d get out of bed, make some coffee, turn on the TV, and eat a high-sugar breakfast while watching some morning talk show.

In the meantime, they’re reproaching themselves for not making any exercise, and then they’d probably try to make decisions about their tasks for the day, take a quick shower, dress, and hit the morning traffic to work…

All this rush, conflict, and forced decision-making process would drain up your willpower supply before lunchtime.

 

There’s a better option for your morning routine.
No matter how stressful your environment, there is a way to start your day energized, focused, and feeling great, with your whole willpower reserve available for the necessary decision making and action taking required to accomplish your daily goals.

 

These are the basic six steps required to develop and follow a powerful morning ritual:

  1. Get your quite space

Each morning, as soon as you wake up, go to a place where you can be alone and undisturbed to be in silence –it should be a place other than your bed, where you can have privacy.

 

  1. Hydrate

Fuel your body starting your day with a big glass of fresh, filtered water.

 

  1. Take a moment to reflect

Think about your core beliefs, and get into a positive grateful state. Ask yourself questions like:

  • What am I grateful for in my life right now?
  • What am I happy and excited about?
  • What is my life purpose, and do my goals for the day get me closer to it?
  • Who do I love and loves me?
  • Who can I serve and thank today?

 

  1. Breathe

Practice conscious breathing and add movement –like walking- if possible. There is a great technique called Breathwalking, which I personally recommend, combines specific patterns of breathing synchronized with your walking steps, enhanced with the art of directed, meditative attention.

 

  1. Move your Body

Emotion is driven by motion. The more you move, the better you’ll feel; so add some brisk walks and exercise to your daily morning routine in order to feel great.

 

  1. Visualize and Celebrate

Finally, review what you expect from the day ahead, and visualize yourself going through it; see and feel the best results you could ever expect. Remember, everything you see in the physical world started once as a thought, as a vision.

 

This simple morning ritual is designed to take only 30 to 45 minutes of your day. If you have more time –or decide to make more time- you can add more gratitude, exercise, and visualization; you can never have enough of those.

Do it consistently each and every day, and the results will be life-changing.

Stay strong!

Leadership: the Great Challenge of Life

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It was Jim Rohn who called leadership the great challenge of life, and he was right.

We can think of leadership as the ability to attract people to the gifts, skills, and opportunities you present as a CEO, manager, parent, etc.
If you want to attract quality people, you have to become a valuable person yourself. As with anything else in life, leadership requires constant improvement and refinement; you need to work endlessly on yourself to become more and more effective.
These are some of the traits you may want to cultivate to enhance your leadership skills:

 

. Be strong, but also kind

If you want to be a powerful and capable leader, you must never confuse strength with rudeness. Kindness and politeness are key ingredients.

 

. Be kind, but not weak

Also a frequent mistake. Kindness is a rare type of strength… You have to be kind to tell someone a hard truth, to tell it constructively like it is without hurting anybody.

 

. Be bold, but not a bully

To be able to lead and build your influence, you got to be able to walk in front of your team and tackle the problem. If you want to harvest success, you have to be bold and face the risks, take chances and seize the moment.

 

. Be humble, but not shy

 You’ll never accomplish anything by being shy. Don’t confuse being humble with being shy; shyness is an illness, but humility is a virtue that comes with a sense of awe, of wonder; an awareness of the human soul and spirit.

 

. Be proud, but not arrogant

It takes pride to build your ambitions, pride in your community, and pride in a cause or accomplishments. The key to becoming a good leader is to be proud without being arrogant.

 

. Be funny, but not stupid

In leadership, it’s ok to be witty, but not silly. Find your style and your pace, but don’t fall into vulgarity and silliness; you’d risk losing your team’s respect.

 

. Be truthful, and follow your heart

Spare yourself the agony of delusion; take things as they are.

Life is unique, and so is leadership. The skills that work well for one leader may not work at all for another; however, the core of leadership work for everyone all the time, whether at work, in the community, and at home.