8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.
Benjamin Hardy Dec 26
“We would rather be ruined than changed
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.” — W. H. Auden
Most people’s lives are a reflection of their past, rather than their future.
For most people, today will look quite similar to tomorrow. 2019 will look similar to 2018.
Trying something new and attempting to change your life will, without a doubt, cause anxiety. But according to the philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, “To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”
You get to design your life and your future. But in order to do so, you must stop living from your past.
Today can’t be the same as what happened yesterday.
As Professor Harold Hill has said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”
Developing Confidence And Changing Your Life
Confidence is the byproduct of prior success. This is one of the reasons it is completely essential that you begin your morning with a routine.
The purpose of a morning routine is to get yourself moving toward your grand and exciting future. If you don’t have an exciting future that you’re working toward, then you are literally stuck in the past. And when stuck in the past, you cannot change your life, but only repeat the patterns that got you here.
When you repeat the patterns that got you here, you’ll have a lot of empty yesterdays.
When you start the day in a higher and more powerful way, you’ll immediately begin turning your future a different direction from your past.
With this short morning routine, your life will quickly change.
It may seem like a long list. But in short, it’s really quite simple:
Get confidence and motivation
Get inspired and connected
Move powerfully toward your dreams
Put the right food in your body
1. Get A Healthy 7+ Hours of Sleep
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) conducted surveys revealing that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders. Not only that, 60 percent of adults, and 69 percent of children, experience one or more sleep problems a few nights or more during a week.
In addition, more than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month — with 20 percent reporting problem sleepiness a few days a week or more.
On the flip side, getting a healthy amount of sleep is linked to:
Increased attention and focus
Decreased fat and increased muscle mass with exercise
Decreased dependence on stimulants like caffeine
Decreased risk of getting into accidents
Decreased risk of depression
And tons more… google it.
If you wake up early and — rather than getting sucked into the distraction of your smartphone or the addiction to stimulants — you start vividly imagining your desired future and boldly acting toward that future.
Motivation is something you must create every day. You can only be motivated if you’re moving forward.
2. Prayer and Meditation to Facilitate Clarity and Abundance
“When you change the way you see things, the things you see change.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
People are magnets. When you’re grateful for what you have, you will attract more of the positive and good. Gratitude is contagious.
Gratitude may be the most important key to success. It has been called the mother of all virtues.
If you start every morning putting yourself in a space of gratitude and clarity, you will attract the best the world has to offer, and not get distracted.
3. Write In Your Journal For 5–15 Minutes
As you write your dreams down every single day, write down the ways in which you will actually achieve those dreams.
As you write down your dreams and goals, the right people will start popping into your mind.
A key part of your success will be learning how to position yourself such that you can connect and collaborate with the right WHO’s.
You’ll need to first develop lots of personal capability yourself in order to be someone worth connecting and collaborating with.
You need to:
Make a firm and committed decision about what you want to become a master of
Embrace fully the “process” of development
Only care about what certain people think and ignore everyone else
Become so good you cannot be ignored
Help the right people further their goals
Invest in the right mentorships
Make it about your mentor’s goals
Be a giver
Never lose track of your WHY
Never become complacent about the success you experience
Make huge requests
Ask to collaborate with your heroes once you’ve established credibility and helped them in incredible ways
All of this stuff can and should happen in your journal long before it occurs in reality.
You then act and continue acting in powerful ways and watch as your journal entries become more vivid and clear.
Watch as your goals become realities quicker and quicker and quicker.
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