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Anything you need to overcome or want to accomplish is possible for you, no matter what your past or current circumstances. It begins with accepting total responsibility for every aspect of your life and refusing to blame anyone else. The degree to which you accept responsibility for everything in your life is precisely the degree of personal power you have to change or create anything in your life.
In order for you to stop settling for less than you deserve— in any area of your life— and to create the levels of success you desire, you must first dedicate time each day to becoming the person you need to be, one who is qualified and capable of consistently attracting, creating, and sustaining the levels of success you want.
How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days— which inevitably create a successful life— in the same way, that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life. By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.
“It’s been said that the first hour is the rudder of the day. If I’m lazy or haphazard in my actions during the first hour after I wake up, I tend to have a fairly lazy and unfocused day. But if I strive to make that first hour optimally productive, the rest of the day tends to follow suit.”
If you want your life to be different, you must be willing to do something different.
According to the Social Security Administration, if you take any 100 people at the start of their working careers and follow them for the next 40 years until they reach retirement age, here’s what you’ll find: only 1 will be wealthy; 4 will be financially secure; 5 will continue working, not because they want to but because they have to; 36 will be dead; and 54 will be broke and dependent on friends, family, relatives, and the government to take care of them.
Monetarily speaking, that’s only 5% of us who will be successful in creating a life of freedom and 95% who will continue to struggle their entire lives.
Joining the Top 5%
Step 1: Acknowledge the 95% Reality Check
- Physically – the Average person is exhausted and overweight.
- Mentally – More and more prescription drugs are hitting the market for mental or emotional illnesses.
- Relationally – 50% of marriages end in divorce
- Financially – Americans have more debt than ever
Step 2: Identify Causes of Mediocrity:
- Rearview Mirror Syndrome – Continuously reliving your past. Believing that who you were is who you are. Limits your potential in the present.
- Lack of Purpose – Find your “why”.
- Isolating Incidents – Everything you do affects who you become.
- Lack of Accountability – Being responsible to someone else for some action or result. Almost all the good stuff that happened to you between birth and 18 years old is thanks to the accountability of the adults in your lives (parents, teachers)
- Mediocre Circle of Influence – You become the average of the 5 people you hang out with. Be selective.
- Lack of Personal Development – Your success will rarely exceed your level of person development.
- Lack of Urgency – Now matters more than any other time in your life.
Step 3: Draw your line in the sand
- Your entire life changes the day you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself
- One of the saddest things in life is regret
You Snooze, You Lose
Many people who suffer from depression report that the morning time is the most difficult.
When you delay waking up until the last possible moment, you are resisting your life.
If you snooze until the last possible moment, when are you going to develop yourself?
How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?
The amount of sleep that is ideal varies for every individual.
For the most part, you need as much sleep as you think you need. Consciously decide that the amount of sleep you’re about to get is enough.
5 Steps to Waking Up Without Snooze
1. Set Your Intentions the Night Before. This is the most important step. Remember: your first thought in the morning is usually the last thought you had before bed, so take responsibility for creating genuine excitement for the next morning, every night before bed.
2. Keep Your Alarm Clock Across the Room. Remember: Movement creates energy!
3. Brush Your Teeth. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to add extra oomph!
4. Drink a Full Glass of Water. Hydrate yourself, ASAP!
5. Get Dressed. Or jump in the shower.
The Life S.A.V.E.R.S
Silence: Sitting in silence, praying, meditating, and focusing on my breath, for 10 minutes.
Affirmations: What do you really want? Why do you want it? Whom are you committed to being to create it? What are you committed to doing to attain it? Write it Down! Read it aloud!
Visualization: Practice of seeking to generate positive results in your outer world by using your imagination to create mental pictures of specific behaviors and outcomes occurring in your life.
Exercise: Get your heart rate up, blood flowing, and fill your lungs with oxygen.
Reading: Fast track to transforming any area of your life. The most immediate method for acquiring knowledge. Learn from experts who have already done what you want to do.
Scribing: Trap your thoughts on paper. Document your insights, ideas, breakthroughs, realizations, successes, and lessons learned, as well as any areas of opportunity, personal growth, or improvement.
Where you are is a result of who you were, but where you end up depends entirely on who you choose to be from this moment forward.
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