Making Success a Habit

Success

Success

Hi everyone,

The other day was chatting with some buddies on what we do to make our week more successful.

Besides enjoying some wonderful espresso from some organic beans one of them brought, we enjoyed some fresh fruit, and other natural goodies as we each contribute.

Here’s what we came up with…

Wake up really early

Surely you know that time is an invaluable asset. Highly successful people take it up a notch by waking up at 5:30 am, 4:30 am and even 4:00 am. Not only will they have more control in their early hours, they’ll also have more opportunities to do things that matter to them. 

Start with waking up 15 minutes earlier than your usual time. Then, gradually adjust.

Burn your calories – Combat stress

We don’t mean just the intense exercise regimen – you can simply do yoga, like Christies CEO Steve Murphy does. Exercise will not just make you think clearer, be healthier and scientifically happier, it allows you to combat stress as well.

Make time for exercise. An hour-long routine seems too daunting, so try running, dancing or even walking around the neighborhood for at least ten minutes

Do an “Hour of Power”

Motivation doesn’t last forever, so you need to replenish yours regularly. Highly successful people know this, so they dedicate ample time to increase their supply. You’re more likely to continue accomplishing a task once you’re emotionally invested in it, right?

Spend thirty minutes listening to inspirational anecdotes and empowering quotes.

Write in your gratitude journal

Happiness is about wanting the things that you already have. By enumerating the blessings they’re grateful for, highly successful people become more open to optimism and inspiration and improve their outlook in life.

Everyday, write down at least one thing that you’re thankful for. Learn to count the small wins.

Ask yourself one important question ..

“If today was the last day of your life, would you still want to do what you’re about to do today?”

This hard-hitting question gets you right where it wants you. If you find yourself saying “no” several times in a week, then go out there and change something. You never know when you’ll have the opportunity to do it the next time.

Brian Tracy (Author): Eat that frog first

In the morning, the willpower of highly successful people is fresh and ready to go. So, this is the best time to take advantage of it – do your hardest task, your “frog” first. This way, you’re more likely to get it done and you’re more likely to finish it without other people barging in on you.

Choose your “frog” of the day – only one – and stick to completing it before you even get to eat breakfast.

Connect with your partner

Use your morning hours to reconnect with your partner. Talk about your plans, your finances and even your beloved hobbies as a way to always be present in their lives. In the morning, highly successful people know that you’ll have more energy and more focus so making this a ritual is paramount. You can even set up one day of the week as your “breakfast date”. Go to the nearest cafe for breakfast or run around the neighborhood with your partner. It may do wonders for your relationship.

Plan and strategize

If you don’t take a few minutes of your time to map out the direction of your day, how will you know if you’re headed towards the right direction? Take at least 10 minutes of your day to visualize your life goals, review your tasks for the day and allot schedules for breaks. It’ll help your day be more manageable and less stressful.

Meditate and clear your mind

Keep calm and let your inner peace guide you: spend a few minutes to say a prayer or to meditate to keep you relaxed. Remember, 90% of illnesses are stress-related, so forget the rush, don’t dash and enjoy a few “hush” moments with yourself. Focus on your breathing. You may even recite an empowering mantra during your routine.

Bond with your kids

If you have children, this is for you. Don’t be that parent who says,  “Oh, my son/daughter grew so fast! I barely had time to enjoy with her/him.”

In the morning, when there is less clutter in your mind and less stress in your system, make it a point to help them get dressed, cook a hearty breakfast (or bake a batch of cookies) and even talk to them about their dreams. After all, you’re working so that your family will have a better time. Don’t let work get in the way of family – make time for your priorities.

Remember to begin each day taking 5 to 10 minutes visualizing successfully doing the goal for the day.

At the end of the day, think of at least 3 things or people you’re thankful for and why.

Here’s to Living a Boundrylyless Happy & Successful Life !! :-D

Successful People

Successful People

Turbocharge UR Productivity

 

Have fun accomplishing the Impossible

Have fun accomplishing the Impossible

Hi Folks,

Was recently chatting with friends after a great workout at our nearby park. We talked about how we’re preparing to make this Fall our best ever by being more productive. While enjoying a delicious fruit smoothie. Here’s a link to some healthy and mouthwatering recipes that you can use to recharge yourself with. The link with video can be found here. 

Now for those tips. The first two are great for beginning your day. 

 

First, count backwards from 100 down to 1.

Here, speed is the key. If you miss a number, no worries, continue until you reach one. 

 

Second, visualize a noun for each letter of the alphabet. Imagine it with colors, shapes, images, and even sizes (this gets the right side of your brain activated). Do this while saying the noun aloud (this activates the left side of your brain through verbal use).

 

By doing these two simple brain games you’ll improve your cognitive ability. Which assists us in thinking, reasoning, along with problem solving. 

 

Hope you enjoyed those Brain Games. Now here’s some more tips to help you Perform like a Pro….

Mini-actions are a powerful productivity tip. A mini-action is a tiny step. It is an action you can accomplish from start to finish in just seven minutes or less. For example, in seven minutes you can:

  • Clean out one drawer at your office
  • Throw away binders from workshops you attended five years ago
  • Call to follow up with a prospective customer
  • Choose a book on productivity you would like to read
  • Reserve a conference room for your team meeting next week
  • Handwrite your thoughts for three objectives you have for the team meeting
  • Walk around the block. Walk up a few flights of stairs. Stretch.
  • Drink a cup of water or laugh out loud (it has been proven–happier people are more productive)

If you choose to take tiny steps forward every day, these tiny mini-actions can compound while boosting daily productivity exponentially. Understanding the power of mini-actions while consciously choosing which you will use along with which you will delete from your life are the keys to improving your personal time management and your productivity.

Think of it this way: every action you take during the day is actually a mini-action. From crawling out of bed, to brushing your teeth, getting dressed for work. Every single action is a mini-action!

Mini-actions are incredibly powerful because they are so easy to do. They can help you become unfrozen. When you begin working on a new project ask yourself, “What mini-action could I take right now that will help me finish this task/activity/project/goal?”

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

The objective of this article is to help you understand how much time is lost in the gaps of life. There is a lot of hurry up and wait. But if you have five places in your work day where you are stuck in a short gap–you can accomplish five micro-actions. There are many small, unfinished tasks you never seem to have time to complete.

The list below is categorized so you can make use of the gaps in your schedule and boost your productivity starting today!

Night Before Work

1. Keys. Always put your keys in the same place.

2. Closet Organization.  Organize all of your clothes in the closet based on color and sleeve length. If a woman has five different black tops, it takes very little effort to look at the section of the closet with all of the black tops and move from short sleeves to long sleeves to find the appropriate shirt without wasting time. A man, his various shirts, ties, formal, casual, based on color and function. 

3. Clothes. Decide what you will wear the night before. Place everything you plan to wear in one location. This includes socks, shoes, ties, jewelry and any other accessories you will need. (How much time have you spent looking for the right shirt when you have a meeting that begins in less than an hour?)

Getting Ready in the Morning

4. Water. One of the most important habits to dramatically improve your productivity is to drink more water. You already know you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This is a simple productivity hack. Drink eight ounces of water when take your vitamins, or when you first wake up.

5. Move. Begin each morning with some stretching, walking, yoga, calisthenics that will get your body and mind moving. 

6. Review. Before leaving the house take a quick look at your calendar and to-do list. How many times have you made it halfway to the office and realized you left something important at home?

Arriving at the Office

7. Leave for the office seven minutes early. My brother taught me that arriving on time means you are arriving late. Leaving a few minutes ahead of schedule each day can easily reduce the amount of stress you might feel if you are caught by one too many stoplights.

8. Arrive on time. Consider the impact of arriving on time and ready to work at 8:00 every morning, rather than dashing into your office at 8:15 and still having to grab a cup of coffee, pull your mail out, say hello to a couple of people. By the time you sit down, it’s already 8:30. Assuming you work 20 days a month, you are wasting at least 10 hours of productive work time each month, or 560 hours per year.

During the Work Day

9. The 10 Minute Tidy.  Take 10 minutes each morning to tidy, organize, your desk and 10 minutes each afternoon to “tidy” up your desk again. Your desk is a tool, keep it functional. 

10. Office Supplies. Have all your office supplies easily accessible. While I am not a personal organizer, I have many friends who are and one of the most intuitive but often overlooked productivity needs is to have all of your regularly used office supplies easily accessible. As an example, I moved my work desk into a new space about six months ago, and for six months I was digging through my desk drawers looking for Sharpies, my ruler, sticky notes, scissors, adhesive tape. By my own estimate I wasted at least 10 to 15 minutes a day looking for these items in various places.

11. Everything should have a place. Every single work item or supply that you use regularly should have a single location specifically for that supply. Scissors should have a home and paper clips should always be in the same place.

12. Prioritize each task. Once you know the outcome of a project, create a list of action steps that will allow you to complete the task. Then prioritize each of the steps in an order that works in the most efficient way with the least waste of time and effort.

13. Capture all of your notes and to-do lists in one place.  As you begin to improve your organizational and productivity skills you will want to choose to have a single place to capture all of your goals, notes, action steps and to-do lists.  You may choose to use some sort of daily planner or even a spiral notebook. For the tech-savvy, there are many apps available for your smartphone to help with this.

14. Start and finish one task at a time. Many people start a project or task and move it to 98% of completion, only to stop short of finishing the last 2%.  Make it a point to start and completely finish one task at a time.

15. Create repeatable processes and systems. Take the time to stop and think about the routines you and your team do over and over every day. Choose to create processes and systems to streamline those activities.

16. Use checklists. As you create your processes and systems, create checklists to use each time.  A checklist provides consistency and serves as a protocol for you and for your team. It also provides the opportunity to cross off what has been accomplished and it will clearly show what is left to do.

17. Staff meetings. Arrive seven minutes early to your next staff meeting and use that time to make a list of people you would like to write a thank you note to.

18. Just say NO. Don’t be afraid to politely say no. Productivity is often a “yes” or “no” decision. If you are asked to participate in an activity that doesn’t line up with what you are trying to accomplish, politely say “No, thank you.”

19. Get rid of the distractions. True productivity occurs when you are able to totally focus all of your mental and physical energy on one task at a time. To improve your productivity, you may need to get rid of the distractions in your day.  

20. Stretch. The human brain can only take so much. Make sure you take time during the day to stretch, walk and stay hydrated.

21. Use a timer. A timer can help you improve and monitor your current productivity skills. Set the timer for 30 minutes and focus on completing one task at a time. Work until the timer goes off, and you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish when you are not looking at your watch every five minutes.  

22. Work with concrete deadlines. Aren’t you amazed at how much work you can get done the day before you leave for vacation? Knowing that you have a concrete deadline can have a positive influence on the volume of work you accomplish. 

The End of Your Work Day

23. Clean out your car. It is surprising how much trash and clutter can accumulate in your car. Take a few minutes every day to clean the trash out of your car.

24. Create a written daily plan of action. Take seven minutes to think about what you would like to accomplish the next day, and create a written daily plan of action. Having a written daily plan of action ranks as one of the most powerful time management and productivity tools person can implement.

25. Relax. Even seven minutes of truly relaxing without noise or interruption will make you more productive.

26. Be happy. There are so many articles that talk about the power of happiness and laughter. Happy people are simply more productive.

27. Go to bed. It takes less than seven minutes to decide when you will go to bed and when you will choose to wake up. Get a good night’s sleep for a vast improvement on your productivity.

 

Here’s to enjoying a Boundrylessly Productive week !!

 

Reflect for Success ~

Enjoying Success

Enjoying Success

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to share a tip that has helped me reach my personal goals easier.

Wanted to share another tip with you.

Usually before going to bed, I’ll reflect while asking myself a couple of questions to evaluate my day.

1. Did my actions today help me, (along with others, have found as we help others, it comes back to help us too!) get closer to my longer term goals?

After answering ..

2. Think about what you could have done differently with relating to others.

Don’t think too heavy, just a light review, to adjust your priorities (or mini-goals) to keep you on track toward your long term goals.

This also helps me from getting caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of a busy life.

Please share your tips or ideas for success in the comments section for others to learn from.

Here’s to living a Boundrylessly Successful Life !

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

Economical Super Foods – Oh Yeah !!

Enjoying Healthy foods is not difficult....so don't panic

Enjoying Healthy foods is not difficult….so don’t panic

Hi Everyone,

Hope all of you are enjoying summer.

Here’s some great Super Foods that are Great for you but won’t empty your wallet.
So you can enjoy better health AND have money for that Awesome vacation too.

Step aside, goji berries, acai and spirulina…
Superfoods do not have to be exotic or pricey.

Here’re 4 superfoods you can easily find in your local grocery store or farmer’s market that are reasonably priced, easily obtainable by the average person and best of all, super nutritious.

First is Celery ..

celery

celery


Celery has an impressive nutritional profile, containing many antioxidants such as vitamins C, A, manganese and beta carotene. It is also an excellent source of fiber, and is rich with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary sodium in perfect balance. It has been used by people in Asia for centuries as a blood pressure reducer. Additionally, it contains cancer and inflammation fighting compounds.

Second is Banana

Bananas

Bananas


The humble banana may be the cheapest superfood around. Available for as low as 20 cents per serving, one banana comes with an impressive 34% RDA of vitamin B6, which performs many health functions in our body such as maintaining proper nervous system function, warding off cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, general infection and obesity. Bananas also support stomach and digestive tract health.

Third is Watermelon

watermelon

watermelon


Watermelon, bountiful and budget friendly in the summertime, is actually one of the most nutrient dense foods around. It provides high amounts of many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with a relatively low amount of calories. It aids digestion and bowel regularity with its high water and fiber content, is great for hydration, and is rich in lycopene, which has been associated with protection against heart disease and cancer.

Fourth is Romaine Lettuce

Romaine-Lettuce

Romaine-Lettuce


Forget about tough, chewy dark greens like kale and chard… romaine can do it all. Not only is it high in calcium, one head of lettuce containing about 26% RDA, but it is also low in oxalic acid, an anti-nutrient that inhibits calcium absorption. (Hint: dark leafies are high in calcium but also high in oxalic acid). Romaine is also rich in water, is a complete protein with 7.7 grams per head, and surprisingly, provides 44% RDA of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

So the next time you worry about getting more superfoods in your life, give your wallet a rest and just go for these widely available and affordable fruits and veggies instead.

Remember, health doesn’t have to cost you, however poor health certainly will.

Here’s to enjoying living a Boundrylessly Happy & Healthy Life folks !!

4 Steps to Igniting your Success !

face of Success

face of Success

Hi Folks,

My friends and I got together over some lunch after our weekend workout.
Our topic of choice was how to put a spark into being successful.

In between sharing some summer smoothie recipes, we got around to agreeing
on four steps that we agreed have all assisted us in igniting success in whatever
we have focused on.

So here you go folks. The 4 Steps to Igniting YOUR Success ~

First ~ Eliminate negative habits while you get more organized.
Mornings are often a race to get out the door. If you’re like most people I know, you check your email before getting out of bed.

Your mornings set the pace for the rest of your day. Turn off technology, slow down and reevaluate your day.

Write down goals you’re aiming to accomplish. Focus on your most important projects and write down all outstanding items on your “to-do” list. This is key to staying organized.

The less information you keep in your head, the more productive and creative you will be.

Success IS Action

Success IS Action

Second ~ Practice creativity.
Your mind is the greatest gift you possess. Just as physical exercise is important to keep your body in shape, practicing creativity is important to train your mind.

One way to do this is to log ideas or write in a journal.

Purchase a journal with blank pages so your thoughts are less restricted. There are no limits when it comes to expressing creativity.

Free-writing your ideas, experiences, and thoughts can inspire creativity and reduce stress.

Journaling also allows you to block out external distractions. Use journaling as an exercise and you’ll see your creative mind strengthen once you put your thoughts onto paper.

If you want to try some other creative practices, check out this webinar I did with Jonathan Fields where he discusses how to change your workflow to turbocharge your creative process.

Practice Success

Practice Success

Fourth ~ Build your Music playlists = Building your Momentum.
Music is a powerful way to alter your mood. Find music that allows your mind to de-stress and puts you in the zone.

I create a playlist every morning to increase my energy and help me focus, and I absolutely recommend taking 10 to 15 minutes out of your day to do this too.

Creating playlists also becomes a creative process. It’s a fun challenge to pick the best songs to keep you motivated throughout the day, and also gives your mind a mental break from your work.

Don’t limit playlists to just your computer. Throw in your headphones, turn on your music, get outside and take a walk or engage in some form of physical exercise.

Motivate Yourself with Music

Motivate Yourself with Music

Fourth ~ Read books that Inspire and Motivate you !
Despite people’s excuses, reading is a necessary part of anyone’s daily routine. Create time in your day to immerse yourself in a book that will allow you to generate more creativity when coping with stress.

I recommend reading books that will give you insight into to subjects you know little about. I’m not just referring to self-helps books.

You can carry a book everywhere you go. E-books are a handy alternative if you’re on the go and don’t have time to sit and read.

Point is, the smallest object, such as a book, can make the biggest impact when your mind is looking for motivation, creativity and resolutions. Integrate each of these solutions into your daily routine and you will prevent small stressors from becoming big problems. Trust the process.

read to Inspire

read to Inspire

Hope this helps you become the Success you Desire !!

Here’s to living a Boundrylessly Successful Happy Life !

How to enjoy a Dream Career – Now ~

Dream Job

Dream Job

Hi folks,

Always enjoy visits to see family and friends. So when work allows me time to do so,
it adds fun to the week to do so.

We were all chatting about our dreams careers and how we got there.

Enjoy !

We all agreed a dream job requires basically 3 steps.

First: It must be a good fit for your abilities.

Second: Match your goals for yourself,as well as where you want to go in Life.

Third: It should make you happy.

Finding a career with all three of those ingredients isn’t easy, but with the right strategies you can uncover a vocation that will bring you satisfaction. Below are seven ways you can match your talents and ambitions to your dream career.

Take an Aptitude Test
An aptitude test is the most obvious path to discovering your dream career. It can be an effective option, too, if you choose the right one. The Clifton Strengths Finder is a well-regarded personal assessment test that’s been taken by thousands of people. It theorizes that everyone possesses a certain number of fixed, universal personal-character attributes that together result in a tendency to develop certain skills more easily and succeed in certain fields while being less successful in others. The test is 80 questions long, takes roughly 20-30 minutes to complete, and reveals the test-taker’s top five “talent themes.” With those in hand, you can search for work where you can best make use of those strengths.

Ask .. The Right Questions
A key component to finding answers is knowing which questions to ask. Forbes posted a fill-in-the-blank assessment that breaks down the big question (“What’s my dream career?”) into nine simpler ones. Your responses to those will reveal patterns and help show you what you really want to be doing with your life.

Make those Lists
List-making is one of the tried-and-true ways of reaching a decision. During your search for a dream career, try creating three lists: what you’re talented at, what makes you happy, and what your goals are. The lengthier the lists are, the better; jot down whatever comes to mind. After you’re done, look for correlations between the lists. What falls into all three categories? What activities fulfill all of the necessary requirements of your dream career?

Ask Others’ .. Opinions
Sometimes you don’t have the best perspective on your own life. Friends and family often understand aspects of you better than you understand yourself. Ask people close to you what activities they think that you excel at and are happiest doing. Their answers could propel you onto a completely different career trajectory than you expected.

Do some Information gathering Interviews
Once you’ve got an idea of what you’d like to be doing for a living, learn from someone who’s already in your dream field. Arrange an informational interview with someone who has the career you think you want, and find out the realities of his or her industry. Figure out if the job is really something that you’re interested in, and if your skills match up with the duties it entails.

Get Some Experience
After you find the career you think will fulfill you, try it out for a while. Look for opportunities to job shadow, intern, or volunteer in your profession of choice. It will give you a chance to immerse yourself in that work environment and find out if it’s somewhere you’ll be comfortable. You probably won’t get paid for it at first, but that’s one of the costs of looking for a job you love, which leads to my next point.

Think Long Term not short term
Don’t just think about what will make you happy right now. Consider what lifestyle you’ll be comfortable with in the future. A lot of dream jobs don’t pay well, so ask yourself if you’re willing to give up some of life’s luxuries so you can be happy to go to work everyday. Make sure that you know what you’re sacrificing if you leave your current occupation to pursue a less predictable career path.

Most important of all was we agreed on you have to Want It !!
It takes some work, but the rewards will be ever so sweet.

Best to you in living a Boundryless Dream Career come True Life !

Dream It ~ Wish It ~ Do It !

Dream It ~ Wish It ~ Do It !

Reduce Joint Pain – Naturally ~

Pain free flexibility

Pain free flexibility

Hi Folks,

My friends and I recently discussed how at one time or another joint pain has reduced are
ability to exercise or enjoy life.

We agree it goes back to poor dietary choices which are over stimulating the immune system and cause chronic inflammatory responses that deteriorate the body’s overall health, limiting mobility and contributing to painful joints.
There are however, steps you can take today to reduce the likelihood that you’ll suffer from chronic joint inflammation and pain. Getting started is as easy as incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Fortunately, the list of foods that fight the effects of chronic inflammation is long—and tasty.
Not surprisingly, these are foods that are rich in immune boosting vitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients, minerals, proteins, healthy fats or complex carbs.

Here are three easy to find choices that will help you.

First, Green Tea

green-tea

green-tea

Green Tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, including improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-fighting properties.
Green tea is also the least processed of all the predominant types of tea: green, black and oolong.

Second, Pistachios

pistachio-nuts

pistachio-nuts

A 2009 study found that bioactive compounds in pistachio, and molecules present in pistachios, have anti-inflammatory properties.
Pistachio oil decreases levels of an inflammatory marker known as “lift-2.” Pistachios are nutrient dense and provide protein, fiber micronutrients, plant sterols, gamma-tocopherol and other phytochemical compounds, including flavanoids and phenolic compounds. Overall, they are an excellent weapon in the war against chronic “joint” inflammation.

Third, Kiwi

kiwi

kiwi

The Kiwifruit is a small fruit approximately 3 inches long and weighing about four ounces. Kiwi provides your daily intake of antioxidants such as polyphenols and carotenoids which help fight damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals.
Kiwifruit is also known to assist in wading off the effects of stress, joint inflammation and attack from viruses and bacteria.

Here’s to living a Boundryless Pain Free Life !

actor Patrick Steward doing 1 arm pushup

actor Patrick Steward doing 1 arm pushup

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