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Your morning habits are the Key to your Best day!

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Boundaryless Life Morning Routine

William Honaker

6 min read

From the second you wake up in the morning, everything that happens is key to your overall success. (Especially those first couple of hours.) This is when you set the tone for the rest of your day. It can put your mind and body in the right state to crush your workout, hit your goals and own the day.

This process starts with the habits you develop in the morning. If you start off on the wrong foot with a poor routine, it becomes difficult to get back on track and can make the entire day a write-off.

Such a waste!

That’s why I’ve put together this plan —

the Boundaryless Life guide to owning your morning.

With these strategies for starting every day off fresh, you’ll live like a true Boundaryless Warrior: someone poised to conquer the entire day and live your dream life (with your dream physique).

Getting Into the Right Mindset

One of the most important — yet often overlooked — aspects of starting off a day right is your mindset.

So often we get caught up in the stresses of life as soon as we wake up. We start to think about what we have to do for the day, errands we have to run, responsibilities at work. This clouds the mind and immediately starts to suck out energy and mental clarity… and the day has barely even started!

To combat this, meditation is the perfect tool to get in the ideal headspace. It helps rewire your mind to live in the present moment and not get bogged down by daily stresses. With tons of podcasts, audiobooks and videos on the internet to guide you through the process, practicing meditation has never been easier.

This doesn’t need to take long either. Simply 15–20 minutes of meditation allows you to feel deeply focused and present with razor-sharp mental clarity to start your day.

Beginning Your Fasting Window

For those Boundaryless Warriors who make use of the benefits of intermittent fasting, the morning involves pushing your first meal into the afternoon.

This can be vital to your morning routine; by pushing your first meal later into the day, some pretty remarkable things happen. For one, growth hormone levels rise. This helps preserve muscle mass and shifts fuel metabolism to fat burning. Along with this, testosterone is also boosted during short-term fasting.

Furthermore, insulin sensitivity in the muscles increases to create the best scenario for lean muscle gains. By having improved insulin sensitivity, you can better direct carbs into your muscle stores and away from fat storage.

Quick Fasting Tips

While its benefits are amazing, fasting can sometimes be tricky, as morning cravings get the best of us.

Luckily, there are several approaches to help start your fasting window and push your first meal later into the day. Here’s a step-by-step plan to achieve this:

When you wake up, start with plenty of water. Your body becomes dehydrated at night, and replenishing your water stores first thing in the morning will help satisfy your body’s need for hydration and nutrients.

Next, move on to some black coffee — this is a zero-calorie way to blunt hunger and get a boost from caffeine.

This will not only decrease hunger but also provide energy and mental clarity to push through the rest of your fast or hit a killer workout.

These strategies will help blunt the feeling of hunger and prepare your body to fast well into the afternoon and reap the benefits. This sets the tone for a successful morning that allows you to prepare for an effective day of nutrition.

Get Outside

Going outside in the morning is a great way to get your body and mind charged for the day.

For one, if it’s a nice day outside, you’ll get tons of vitamin D, which your body absorbs from the sun. Vitamin D has countless benefits, including a boost in the immune system, brain, and nervous system. On top of that, it helps regulate insulin levels, supports cardiovascular health and plenty more.

To go along with this, the outdoors can help with your overall mindset. Rather than being cooped up inside all morning, getting outside will help provide mental clarity as you breathe in the fresh air and destress.

Continue to pile on the benefits of getting outside by going on a morning walk. While absorbing sunlight and taking in sights and sounds to help clear your mind, you’ll also get your heart rate going. This is a low-intensity activity to kick your body into gear for a productive day, whether that includes training or recovering. (Plus, it burns calories without upping your appetite, a sweet bonus if you’re on a cut.)

Intentions Are Key

Goals are what keep us on track. They keep what’s important to us in mind (both consciously and subconsciously). It allows us to go in the right direction, which in turns allows our actions to follow suit. Without our goals and intentions laid out, it’s easy to get lost for the entire day and miss out on time that can be used to achieve your dreams.

This is why it’s vital to write down and review your goals in the morning — both long-term and short-term. Instantly, you’re putting your mind in the right place to lead a productive day as you strive to achieve what you want.

After reviewing your goals and intentions in the morning, you’ll quickly find your mind leans less toward procrastination and laziness. Rather, you will see an improvement in productivity after reminding your subconscious what you’re working toward.

Morning Training

If your preference is to train in the morning, there are some key tips to ensure you have a solid Boundaryless workout.

For one, sleep is crucial to waking up in the morning feeling energized and ready to hit a killer workout. Sleep, you’ll be so refreshed that you may just sprint to the gym.

Next, if you train fasted in the morning, it’s important to equip your body with tools to grow and maintain muscle without food in your stomach. Branch Chain Amino Acids have been shown to reduce exercise-related fatigue and improve recovery.

While you don’t necessarily need this to have a productive early gym session, adding it to your arsenal can be the cherry on top. It can definitely help you crush your morning training, as well as the rest of the day.

Conclusion

When you wake up tomorrow morning, remember not to take your morning laying down. Waking up with a deliberate morning routine is key to starting the day off right. This will ensure that success follows.

While these strategies are great guidelines to follow, everyone is different and morning routines vary from person to person. Try these methods and tailor your morning plan to your needs in order to maximize your own personal lifestyle.

Both your body and mind will thank you as you go on to conquer the day like a Boundaryless Warrior!

Who wants to start a morning routine challenge with me?!

When I was making the most progress in my life, I had a daily morning routine. Aka the Boundaryless Life morning routine 😉

I’d start with 20 minutes of meditation. The emphasis was on becoming deeply present. This puts you into an incredibly focused, high vibrational state.

Next, I’d review my goals. Big goals, short-term goals. This aligns and aims my subconscious mind in the direction I want to go. Doing this, your reticular activating system will become laser-focused on finding ways for you to achieve your goals and best serve you.

Finally, I’d look at my to-do list for the day. Things I wanted to get done to make the day as productive as possible. This sounds so simple, but I experienced a massive improvement in productivity with this one.

Kick Procrastination out the window and start living a Boundaryless Life!

William Honaker

WRITTEN BY

William Honaker

Background in IT and a LEED Accredited Profesional in Green building. Interests range from martial arts, sports, technology, traveling, and writing.

Creating a Mind Success

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Hi Folks,

You want to be successful, but you don’t know how.

So you read all about the success of other individuals. You got lost in the world of tips, tricks, and courses for success.

None of them worked for you. At the end of it you were still left wondering, “what is it that I don’t have?”

You’re still looking now.

You’ve exhausted your edition of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. You’ve been through hours of listening to those motivational coaches say, “never give up, and you’ll get what you want!” You’ve done it all, and nothing is working.

You’re sick of it, right?

You want something that you can start doing … RIGHT NOW.

You don’t want the “never give up” speech again.

So here is the reality.

Success is something within you.

It’s your daily habits.

Your morning routines.

What you spend your time doing.

It’s not these tips and tricks that others try to sell you.

It’s the way you view the world!

Don’t give up hope…..

Here’s some habits that you can adopt that Will form a successful mind.

Start to Accept Changes

Change is the one constant you can rely on in life. When all else fails you, you can bet that change will be lurking around the corner. With this in mind, wouldn’t it be a smart thing to finally squash that fear of change all together?

Successful people are able to adapt to change. They need to be. If one idea fails, which many will, the successful mind can take that and adapt to the changes presented by the situation.

But how do you accept change?

The way you always have, you just get on with it. Know that it’s there, it’s happening all the time, and don’t let it catch you off-guard. Plan for it, expect it, embrace it, and use it to your advantage.

Start to Set Goals

Not just any goals, but achievable goals. You know when you draw up a check-list, and you tick each individual little job off it? Think back to the feeling of each of those ticks. Think about how relieving it is. Think about how empowered and motivated you feel for the next job.

It’s a pretty damn good feeling, right? Then staring at that completed list at the end of the day, knowing that you’ve accomplished everything you wanted to do for that day. Make your goals that size. Reach your goals every day. Allow that momentum to build, and empower you, every single day! (But don’t forget to schedule your empty check-list days too.)

Also, a study done by Gail Matthews, PhD at Dominican University, seems to support the idea that writing goals is scientifically proven to make us more successful!

Start to Commit to Things

Get rid of those commitment fears. If you want to be successful, you have to commit to things. A new job, a new partner, a new exercise regime, a new magazine subscription, whatever it is — you need to commit!

If you can’t commit when things are going well, you’re going to abandon ship and run a mile the moment you hit some turbulence. This won’t lead you to success. It can’t. You’re not sticking around long enough to reach it.

There’s no real easy way to do this. Though weighing up the cost of the commitment versus the rewards can often be a good start. Regardless, however you decide to face up to it, the end result is the same. You start committing.

Start to Identify Your Purpose

A purpose is the fast-track to success. With your purpose in mind, much like the achievable goals, all that hard work seems a lot more appealing to overcome. When things get rough you can just sit there and say, “Why are you doing this again?” and your purpose will always serve as the motivation you need.

So how do you find your purpose? Answer these simple questions (brutal honesty required):

  • Who are you?
  • What do you want from life?
  • What is it you have that others will benefit from receiving?
  • How are you going to get there?

Start to Believe in You and Your Goals

It’s timeless advice really. You’ve heard it a million times before, but this time you need to let it sink in. If you want to be successful, you have to believe in yourself.

Don’t believe in yourself because it’s your destiny to be successful. Don’t believe in yourself because you’ve got a foolproof plan. Don’t believe in yourself because you really want it. These are fairy tales spun to us, with no real serving purpose whatsoever.

Believe in yourself because you know that you’re going to put in the work. Believe in yourself because you know, as long you’re still breathing by tomorrow, that you will continue to work towards where you want to be. Believe in yourself because you know you’ll overcome the next hurdle you’re presented with.

With this level of self-belief, anything is achievable. You just have to keep going until you get there.

Start to Cultivate Patience

Another timeless piece of advice, inexcusable to leave out of anything discussing success. You need to have patience. Yes some things can happen overnight, but these are often the smaller successes.

It doesn’t matter what it is you want to achieve, knowing how to wait will be a part of it. A successful blog doesn’t launch with thousands of subscribers overnight. A powerful novel doesn’t get written in a day. A superstar fitness model doesn’t miraculously gain his or her physique in 24 hours.

Success takes time. You just have to keep taking every step you can towards it.

Start to Identify Your Downfalls (Then Do Something about Them)

No successful mind is successful if it cannot see where it falls short. It is only in the identification of the shortcoming that it could ever have the potential to be addressed. Many people are their own worst critic though, so it’s not hard to see what needs work.

The hard part is putting in the work. Knowing you’re lazy and doing something about the laziness are two very different things. To be successful you would have to identify that laziness, and then adopt a proactive solution to it. Just saying, “yeah I’m lazy,” isn’t going to get the work done.

The last, and maybe the hardest, part to it all is showing yourself compassion. You’re not going to get it absolutely perfect first try. That’s okay. You’ve got a lot of time left. As long as you’re actually doing something about your downfalls, other than complaining, you’re probably ahead of most.

Start to Identify the Growth in ‘Failure’

Do you know what almost every successful person has in common?

They’ve failed.

Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 publishers. Stephen King threw his career-launching manuscript in the trash, though luckily his wife pulled it out. Walt Disney was told he had no imagination.

Did any of these give up?

Well okay, Stephen King did for a moment, but the point is they failed and didn’t give up. Instead here they are, names known by almost everyone. These failures only spurred them on to being incredibly successful people. So Acknowledge your ‘failure,’ learn from it, grow from it, and come back better.

The only thing stopping you from trying again is ….guess…..that’s right …. YOU !

Start to Practice EC ~ Emotional Creativity

Emotional creativity, better known as empathy, is the backbone of success. To be able to relate, to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, is what makes you a successful human being.

There’s various reasons why, such as:

  • To be able to serve people what it is they want, which is the key to many successful businesses and careers, you have to relate to their situation. If you lack the emotional creativity to empathize with their situation, you won’t connect well with them.
  • If you’re on your pursuit for success and you’re going to have to climb over some people’s heads, how are you going to stay human doing that? By relating to them. Are you willing to crush other people to get where you want to be? Can you live with that decision? You’ll only know by empathizing.
  • Successful people, at least many of them, are likable. They’re likable because you can relate to them. You can relate because they’re creative enough, emotionally, to appeal to you!

Plus, just as a general benefit, empathy makes you a better human being overall. Putting yourself in someone’s situation is going to lead to better behavior, from you, when it comes to dealing with said people. If you’re not sold on empathy, just read this Psychology Today piece.

Start to Meditate

With the madness of success comes the desperate need for peace. As a successful person, you’ll likely be making stressful decisions every day. If you can’t manage that stress, it’ll dominate you.

Luckily, meditation is here for successful you. With empirically proven health benefits, as outlined in this JAMA article, it’ll help reduce the stress and anxiety of being successful!

So take a couple of minutes out of your day, and really let go. Hit the pause button on everything. It’ll all still be there when you come back, but find time to really just be with yourself. Otherwise that stress could eat you alive.

So there it is. Now all you’ve got to do is put them into practice. Are you ready for success?

Here’s to a Boundrylessly Successful 2015 !!

Success through your Habits – Goals – Dreams ~

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Goals are Dreams with Deadlines

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re off to a roaring start for 2015.

Here’re some helpful tips to align your habits, goals, even dreams, to accomplish what you seek.

It’s 2015, and it’s a fresh start.

As we wipe the slate clean, we look back at last year.  Maybe we had goals, maybe we didn’t. Maybe we hit our goals, maybe we didn’t.   Some of us made new good habits, and some of us made some new bad habits.

A few of us achieved our New Year’s Resolutions, and most us didn’t.  And some of us, gave up on trying to bother with goals and New Year’s Resolutions.

After all, the stats are stacked against us.

But they don’t need to be.  I think the solution is to think a little bit differently about how goals, dreams, habits, and inspiration work together.

In fact, it’s time to put it all together.

What You Need to Know About Dreams, Goals, and Habits

Before you set goals, you need to have dreams.  Without a compelling dream that inspires you with purpose and passion, your goals will fall flat.  They will have nothing that helps them hang together into a bigger story for you. The goals are just the stepping stones to your dreams.

To support your goals, you need a habits that work with you, or at least that don’t work against you.

You can think in terms of three types of actions:  daily habits, goals, and inspired actions.  If you just have a habits, you’ll never wake up one day on top of Mt. Everest.   That’s the stuff dreams and goals are made of.  Doing some of these amazing things in your life takes deliberate action and intentional goals.   But if you don’t have habits that support t you, you’ll most likely miss your  goals.  And, if you don’t have big dream to keep pulling you through all the thick, and thin, you’ll also have a tough time with your habits, your goals, and any New Year’s Resolutions.  And, at the same time, you need a way to act on inspiration, without relying all the time for lightening to strike.

So to recap, your big, bold dreams with passion and purpose pull you where you want to be, and what you want to look back on.  Your goals help you chunk up your changes into meaningful milestones.  Your  daily habits help you invest in the right direction, while learning and improving.  And when inspiration strikes, you want to have a simple way to turn it into results, or use it to leap frog your goals, or innovate in your habits.

How Habits Fit In

Some people don’t reach their goals or New Year’s Resolutions, because they didn’t build any habits.  They don’t have any habits to support them, and they take on too much change, all at once.

I had some extreme fitness goals last year.  What made any of my goals possible, was that I had started a few simple habits.  One of them was to wake up 30 minutes earlier, and do a 30 minute workout.   If I didn’t wake up earlier, then I wouldn’t be able to do my workout.  And, if I didn’t do my workout, then I wouldn’t reach my fitness goals.  I made working out in the morning a habit, where it was something I just did, like brushing my teeth.

I didn’t over-complicate it.  I kept it simple.  Over time, I found ways to make it easier and easier to just wake up and workout.

Another habit I added was adding green vegetable juice to my day.   Me and vegetables don’t get along, but I needed to add more vegetables to my diet to reach my fitness goals.    I turned it into a mini-habit, where in the afternoon I would hit the juice bar to get some think time, and to have a large spinach + ginger + pineapple juice.   I’m not sure how much spinach it is, but I see a lot of handfuls go into the making.  Related, I swap fries for salads, and I’m gradually adding more green goodness to my daily diet.

Because these aren’t really goals, and simply my habits, I focus on learning and adapting, and getting a little better each time.  It’s an investment that adds up in my favor, and it makes it easier for me to add goals to my life, because I have a baseline of successful habits supporting me underneath.

Remember ~ Habits are good – Dreams are the Spark to Make them

Habits are great.  They help us move in the direction we want to go.    But sometimes we have a dream.  A dream that’s worth fighting for.   We have an outcome that we want, and we want it this year (or this quarter, or this month, or this week.)

Sometimes we have a dream that takes concentrated effort, and we need to go above and beyond the call of duty of our everyday habits.

With the right habits, we can move in the right direction.  But without an inspiring dream, and without goals, we may not achieve the crescendos in our life.

Wish it ~ Dream it ~ Do it

Wish it ~ Dream it ~ Do it

How Dreams and Goals Fit In

A good way to think about dreams, goals, habits, and inspired action is “better together.”  The dream is the vision that inspires you.  It needs to reflect your passion and your purpose, and it needs to be actionable and believable.

You can have a dream for your career, a dream for your health, a dream for your relationships, etc.

Once you have a dream that you believe in and that can inspires you and pulls you forward, you can chunk it down into goals.  The goals are simply your meaningful milestones, or the stepping stones or the mile markers on your journey.  They are a way to see and feel your progress, and to funnel your focus along the way.

And, of course, when you have a meaningful dream, you can add habits that help support you.  After all, trying to achieve a goal, where there are no habits supporting you, is a setup for failure.  And, having habits without any goals or any dreams to inspire or pull you forward, may get lost along the road to good intentions.

In my experience, the habits that I stick with and invest with the best, and the ones where my big dream is pulling me forward.  I know that I can invest and learn in my habits while moving toward the end in mind.

Putting It All Together

Dream big so that you have a vision to hold on to and scenes in your mind that pull you forward.

Have a dream for the big areas in your life that you want to change, whether it’s your career, health, finances, etc., and make sure it reflects your passion and your purpose.  Also, make sure that it’s consistent with living your values and living the life-style you want to lead.

Have goals that help you chunk up your dreams into achievable chunks of change.  For example, if you know your dream for a year from now, then what might it look like at 6 months?  What might it look like at 3 months? What would a simple start be to make progress this month?

If you want to skip goals, then by all means do so, but at the end of the year, you may very well be disappointed if you try to look back on meaningful milestones or meaningful results.  Goals help you put a bow on things, and they help you appreciate and acknowledge your efforts.

Habits are a great way to move toward your ultimate goal, and to chip away at your dreams, by building your capabilities and confidence.  They also help you turn behaviors into automatic things that you don’t have to think about (you don’t worry about brushing your teeth, taking a shower, etc.)   They also are a powerful tool that support goals, and dreams.

As awesome as habits are, maybe the real thing to keep in mind is that you won’t learn the violin or become a doctor or find yourself on the top of Mt. Everest with habits alone.   And, by the same token, you won’t learn the violin, become a doctor, or make it up Mt. Everest, if you don’t have the habits that support you on your journey.

So once again, dreams –> goals –> habits.

You are free to skip any part of the approach, but now you know what you’ll be missing.

And, you can also use the right tool for the job.

Dream big for 2015 and Live Boundrylessly !!

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Help for AA…Anxiety Attack ~

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wholesome foods reduce stress

Hi Folks,

Wanted to talk a moment about something that had bothered a friend of mine and I just found out about it. It’s called Anxiety Attack. Sounds like something from a Zombie Attack movie, but actually is more serious. For it can affect your work and Life in dramatic ways.

As a matter of fact, it has been estimated that over 40 million adults in the United States(almost 18% of the population) deals with anxiety, making it the most common mental illness in the U.S. Anxiety disorders also cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill, according to “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999)

Anxiety can impact anyone, regardless of income, education, social standing, ethnicity, where they were born, or how they were raised. Many people suffer in silence and, worse of all, many people are ashamed to admit to others that they struggle for fear that they will be judged, or viewed as unstable. This is a tragedy.

I know that there isn’t a universal solution to this problem, and that simple tips alone may not be sufficient to effectively deal with the problem. In many cases professional counseling is also needed. I also know that a “band-aid” approach isn’t realistic, especially in severe cases. However, I still hope these tips on managing anxiety work for someone, in the same way that they have worked for me.

1. Watch for your triggers

If you know what your triggers are, then you can effectively plan around them. Plan periods of exercise (step 3) or time-outs (step 4) around the times that you know your anxiety is likely to be triggered or peaked. Having cognition of the danger spots can also lessen the anxiety itself.

2. Talk to someone who will treat you with kindness and understanding

Don’t suffer in silence. There is someone out there that you can talk to. If you don’t have support in your home, church, community, or with friends, then look up support groups in your area. There are always resources available to you.

3. Start exercising

Exercise

Exercise

Exercise has so many benefits, and alleviating anxiety is one of them. If exercise is not currently a habit, then just start by getting outside and taking a walk each day. Get a friend involved for added support can help as well.  Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety. Besides the traditional exercise … This includes the effects yoga has on helping us manage stress as well as anxiety.

4. Take a “time-out” to breathe

Time alone to simply breathe is a highly effective strategy for calming our hearts and helping us to feel at peace. It also aids in our rational decision-making ability.

5. Have some fun and laugh

Laughter

Laughter

Spend time with funny people. Watch funny movies, or TV shows. Look up clips of stand-up acts on YouTube. Laughter is good for the soul (and great for the anxiety).

6. Understand that you are in control

This was a big one for me–the realization that I always had power over my life. Sometimes it didn’t feel that way. Sometimes I felt trapped in positions that I couldn’t get out of, but slowly I realized that I controlled each decision of every day. Sure there would be consequences, but they were of my making. I was the architect.

7. Failure doesn’t reflect on your worth as an individual

Value

Value

Part of the reason I was ashamed of my anxiety was that it was a signal, to some people, that I was failing, and I didn’t belief that failure was acceptable. This belief was at the foundation of my anxiety to begin with, and when I torched this belief, replacing it with an empowering view of failure–that it was simply education–then I started to get control of my internal self. Failure wasn’t terminal. It wasn’t something that couldn’t be corrected, and most importantly it was not a reflection of my self worth. Failure was simply feedback in this grand experiment of life. Adopting that belief system has had a tremendously positive impact on easing my anxiety.

8. Surround yourself with happy and inspiring people

Surround your self with Positiveness

Surround your self with Positiveness

The more I was around people, and ideas, that inspired me, the more my outlook started to brighten. The other side of this tip is to remove the people in your life that make you anxious. This was equally important to learning to manage my anxiety and can help you manage yours.

9. Take daily action on a goal that is personally meaningful

Action = Success

Action = Success

A large part of anxiety can be feeling like your life is out of my control. A way to take back control is to work, every single day for at least an hour, on a personal goal that is uniquely meaningful to you. By working on the goal you’ll feel control over a small portion of your life. This helps you feel good, as well as manage any anxiety.

10. Make a change

Sometimes, no matter how many tips you employ, it’s not enough. In these cases a change in environment is necessary, and this may also require a change in jobs or careers. That is why tip number seven is so important–as you make the change (if required) you don’t get bogged down in feelings of anxiety inducing failure. Failure doesn’t exist, there is only feedback. So if you have to make a change, look at it as a new beginning rather than a failure.

11. Get enough sleep

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stress free babyh sleeping

Sleep is something that you can control, and making sure that you get enough of it is a very important step to managing your anxiety. Here is a quick tip to getting enough sleep: turn off all electronic devices for at least an hour before you go to sleep. This will help to relax you, and will also increase the restfulness of your sleep.

12. Get involved

Get Involved

Get Involved

Volunteering, or otherwise getting involved in your community, helps to build your support network, and it also helps you to focus on other people and their needs. As simple as this sounds, it can have a powerful effect on alleviating your anxiety.

Here’s to living a Boundryless Life of reduced stress and anxiety !  🙂

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

3 Simple Steps to Actually Stick with Good Habits

Change the Plan__Not the Goal

Change the Plan__Not the Goal

Hi Everyone,

Today, want to refer you to an article that came to me at just the right time.
It’s about how to keep doing those habits good for us.

If you’re like me, we all find there are times we’re challenged to stick with our good habits. We have the best of intentions, but still for some reason go astray.

Well, today, going to share a portion of what my friend, and really all around cool guy,
James Clear, wrote recently. I find myself coming back to it, again and again.

First thing to remember folks, you’ll want to have a clear idea of your goal.

Write it down where it’s easy to see, such as a personal Daily Action journal.

Here’s an example from James, “The more *** I do, the leaner I get. For that reason, I recently decided to make *** a daily habit. I decided to use the three rules … and easily add more *** to my routine.”

James shares more details on his three so simple ways…it has helped me now more than once !!

If you’re anxious to learn more you can read the full post here at James website.

Want to personally thank James for writing with such clarity as well as being so inspiring. Especially, for allowing me to quote him. This is why repeatedly visit his site for new tips, along with receiving his informative newsletter.

Join his free newsletter and as James says “learn how to …”

“Break your bad habits and replace them with good routines that actually stick”

“Get in the best shape of your life (physically and mentally)”

“Increase your creativity and boost your energy”

“Plus, you’ll get fresh ideas on how to lose fat, build muscle, and feel superhuman.”

You can read more AND receive his free ebook on how to Transform Your Habits … at James website.

Here’s to living a Boundrylessly Energetic and Successful Life everyone !

Thank you James, for writing at the right moment, on what was so necessary.All the best to you ~

Do you have Millionaire Habits ?

Hi Folks,

Now a days, most people are thinking of money. Not just for buying groceries mind you.
I mean, to enjoy a nice vacation.

Picture you get up. Go outside to enjoy a view of the beach. Casually chatting while eating breakfast. Then checking the latest news on a new tablet. Then checking your bank account, and seeing, make that feeling, the comfort of not only having a nest egg, but enough to actually live comfortably with out struggling, or laboring at a 9 to 5 job that gets you no where.

Picture, having enough to pay for your children’s college, as well as doing what you’ve always dreamed of doing.

Well …

It all starts with Goals.

Goals offer you a transparent sense of direction and a blueprint for the longer term. this is often wherever you\’re taking the dreams out of your head and place them down onto paper.

A crucial a part of goal setting is to raise yourself why?

For example:

Why does one wish that house?

Why does one wish that car?

Why does one wish that position within the company?

Why does one wish that salary?

Once you raise enough whys? the hows get easier!

Habit Two: Passion.

Whatever you\’re employed at, be keen about it. this is often a basic secret for money success.

What does one very love doing? And what does one have a natural talent for? What are your hobbies and interests? Once you’ve got these answers, put your heart and soul into doing it in the simplest, most easy way – Love it actually !

All millionaires love the work that they are doing.

Habit range Three: Excellence.

Set a goal that is bring your dream Alive. Let your love of what you do Shine in Excellence as you put 100 % of your heart into what you do. A millionaires’ secret 😉

\”Excellence is obtained if you:

…care quite others assume is wise;
…risk quite others assume is safe;
…dream quite others assume is practical;
…expect quite others assume is feasible.\”

Habit range Four: Education.

Dedicate yourself to long education.

The Millionaire Habits Learn and enjoy learning. Remember how a child enjoys exploring what the day holds, what lessons it holds. Learn the most recent news and trends. Remember, the market pays wonderful rewards for having wonderful data.

\”Learning is that the starting of wealth. Learning is that the starting of health. Learning is that the starting of spirituality. looking out and learning is wherever the miracle method all begins\”- Jim Rohn

Learn more by clicking here.

Habit range Five: client service.

Dedicate yourself to continuously providing wonderful client service, because the rewards measure in direct proportion to the service that you simply provide to individuals.

Ask yourself these questions:

What do my customers want?

What do my customers need?

What do my customers value?

What service am i able to provide my customers higher than everybody else?

What square measure my customers shopping for from others today? And what do i want to try to to to induce them to shop for from me?

Habit range Six: don’t think of failing, but learning from Mistakes – and then it’s not failure.

Be ready for the ups and downs Millionaires don’t believe in failure, they merely consider it as not the specified result nonetheless, simply a special strategy is required.

Habit range Seven: Imagination.

Use your imagination. you’ve got additional inventive ability .. in fact more than you think. You’ll surprise yourself once you open your creative mind.

Start using a journal, and begin writing down all of your concepts, notes, along with lists that you simply have throughout your day!

Keep in mind to continuously express, Plan on paper! You may not understand a thought or idea at the time, but upon reviewing your journal, understand and have that eureka moment that might be lost forever to memory, if hadn’t committed it to paper.

Guess what? Millionaires don’t spend most of their free time wathcing soap operas and reality TV shows. Limit the number of TV you watch to a minimum. Let it be something that inspires you !

Learn more by clicking here.

Habit range Eight: Surround yourself with positivism.

Surround yourself with compatible, positive individuals. you may have heard that 80 % of success comes from 20 % of your focus, determined efforts.

Remember to keep positive people, ideas around you, while distancing yourself from negative people, ideas, environment.

Habit range Nine: Back it all up!

Back-up everything that you simply do with the 3 qualities of perseverance, possession and belief. These strong traits provide rich rewards !

To have the courageousness to uphold in the face of adversity or disappointment,and The Millionaire Habits to possess persistence to remain at it longer than anyone else, while possessing total belief in everything that you simply do. These qualities show your drive as well as determination, and confidence in yourself and your ability to succeed.

Habit range Ten: Feeling.

Millionaires express daily gratitude for what they have. Their friends and family, their health and spirituality, their business and their social life. as a result count themselves rich even before making money or becoming successful.

It’s time for You to enjoy having the Millionare Mind and enjoying your Plans, Your Dreams …. Come True.
Click here to find out how.

Excellence is a Habit !

Excellence is a Habit !

Want a MORE productive Day – Do These ~

Be more Productive - Anyone can Do It !

Be more Productive – Anyone can Do It !

Hi Folks,

Since we’re already into February, hope you’re well on your way to a Productive day as well as year.

If not quite there yet…..

Here’s some tips to help get you there….

On average you’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings during your adult life.

According to a WHO (World Health Organization) report the average life expectancy in the United States is 79 years old. Most people in wealthy nations are hovering around the 80–year mark. Women in Japan are the highest, with an average life expectancy of 86 years.

If we use these average life expectancy numbers and assume that your adult life starts at 18 years old, then you’ve got about 68 years as an adult. (86 – 18 = 68) Perhaps a little less on average. A little more if you’re lucky.

(68 years as an adult) x (365 days each year) = 24,820 days.

Once I realized this, I started thinking about how I could develop a better morning routine. I still have a lot to learn, but here are some strategies that you can use to get the most out of your 25,000 mornings.

Well, enough stats …know by now you’re ready for those tips…..Here you go –

1. Manage your energy, not your time.
If you take a moment to think about it, you’ll probably realize that you are better at doing certain tasks at certain times. For example, my creative energy is highest in the morning, so that’s when I do my writing each day.

By comparison, I block out my afternoons for interviews, phone calls, and emails. I don’t need my creative energy to be high for those tasks, so that’s the best time for me to get them done. And I tend to have my best workouts in the late afternoon or early evening, so that’s when I head to the gym.

What type of energy do you have in the morning? What task is that energy best suited for?

2. Prepare the night before…remember…. where Preparation meets Opportunity = Success !
I don’t do this nearly as often as I should, but if you only do one thing each day then spend a few minutes each night organizing your to–do list for tomorrow. When I do it right, I’ll outline the article I’m going to write the next day and develop a short list of the most important items for me to accomplish. It takes 10 minutes that night and saves 3 hours the next day.

Don't just sit there - Get Going on your Daily Goals -

Don’t just sit there – Get Going on your Daily Goals –

3. Don’t open email until noon.
Sounds simple. Nobody does it. It took me awhile to get over the urge to open my inbox, but eventually I realized that everything can wait a few hours. Nobody is going to email you about a true emergency (a death in the family, etc.), so leave your email alone for the first few hours of each day. Use the morning to do what’s important rather than responding to what is “urgent.”

4. Turn your phone off and leave it in another room.
Or on your colleagues desk. Or at the very least, put it somewhere that is out of sight. This eliminates the urge to check text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and so on. This simple strategy eliminates the likelihood of half – assing work where you waste time dividing your attention among meaningless tasks.

5. Work in a cool place. 
Have you ever noticed how you feel groggy and sluggish in a hot room? Turning the temperature down or moving to a cooler place is an easy way to focus your mind and body.

6. Sit up or stand up…in other words – MOVE !
Your mind needs oxygen to work properly. Your lungs need to be able to expand and contract to fill your body with oxygen. That sounds simple enough, but here’s the problem: most people sit hunched over while staring at a screen and typing.

When you sit hunched over, your chest is in a collapsed position and your diaphragm is pressing against the bottom of your lungs, which hinders your ability to breathe easily and deeply. Sit up straight or stand up and you’ll find that you can breathe easier and more fully. As a result, your brain will get more oxygen and you’ll be able to concentrate better.

Tip-bit: You can place a pillow in the small of my back.  preventing the lower back from rounding, which keeps you  more naturally upright.)

7. Eat as a reward for working hard. 
I’m now practicing intermittent fasting, which means that I eat my first meal around noon each day. I’ve been doing this for a few months now. There are plenty of health benefits, but find what works best for YOU. Of course I’m not bound by this as a hard and fast rule. Use rules … but don’t let them Rule You !

But health is just one piece of the puzzle. I also fast because it allows me to get more out of my day. Take a moment to think about how much time people spend each day thinking, planning, and consuming food. By adopting intermittent fasting, I don’t waste an hour each morning figuring out what to eat for breakfast, cooking it, and cleaning up. Instead, I use my morning to work on things that are important to me. Then, I eat good food and big meals as a reward for working hard.

8. Develop a “pre–game routine” to start your day.
My morning routine starts by pouring a cold glass of water. Some people kick off their day with ten minutes of meditation. Similarly, you should have a sequence that starts your morning ritual. This tiny routine signals to your brain that it’s time to get into work mode or exercise mode or whatever mode you need to be in to accomplish your task. Additionally, a pre–game routine helps you overcome a lack of motivation and get things done even when you don’t feel like it.

The Power of a Morning Routine

Just as it’s rare for anyone to experience overnight success, it’s also rare for our lives crumble to pieces in an instant. Most unproductive or unhealthy behaviors are the result of slow, gradual choices that add up to bad habits. A wasted morning here. An unproductive morning there.

The good news is that exceptional results are also the result of consistent daily choices. Nowhere is this more true than with your morning routine. The way you start your day is often the way that you finish it.

Energize Your Mornings

Energize Your Mornings

Take, for example, Jack LaLanne. He woke up each day at 4am and spent the first 90 minutes lifting weights. Then, he went for a swim or a run for the next 30 minutes. For more than 60 years, he spent each morning doing this routine. In addition to being one of the most influential people in fitness in the last 100 years, LaLanne also lived to the ripe old age of 96.

This is no coincidence. What you do each morning is an indicator of how you approach your entire day. It’s the choices that we repeatedly make that determine the life we live, the health we enjoy, and the work we create.

You’ve got 25,000 mornings… What will you do with each one?

7 days in a week ~ Tomorrow ISN"T one of them Go For It -  TODAY!

7 days in a week ~ Tomorrow ISN”T one of them .. so… Go For It – TODAY!

2014 Success Tips – Part 2

How Bad to You Want your Dream ? !

How Bad do You Want your Dream ? !

Hey there Folks,

Here is the second part of Success tips for attaining your 2014 goals.

Remember, you don’t have to jump in and try doing all these tips in one day.

You could start by adding one tip a day, or even a week. Then before you know it….

You’ll have built up a Momentum of Success that helps carry you toward your goals.

Well, without further ado, here’s some more tips for ya …..

Keeping a journal is like the phrase “Preparation Meets Opportunity”, with a journal, ; one for your planning, scheduling, and working ideas. The other for your big ideas, thoughts, and Personal goals.

Things become more REAL when you take the time to write them down.

You’re taking the time to Think it, Write it, AND Read it.  3 important steps of ANY plan. Get in the habit of writing everything down.

Have a To-Do List? Write it down!

Have a Goal? Write it down!

Have a Dream? Write it down!

 

Measure stuff.

If it’s important enough for you to be spending your time on, then it needs to be measured. SO….. Get in the habit of measuring your actions and results, you’ll develop a playbook for what works and what doesn’t.

Do it in 90 … of course you know I mean your work … Right !

Schedule tasks into blocks of time. Respect the time you sit in front of the computer.

It’s amazing how quickly time can zip by if you’re not disciplined in this respect. There are thousands of distractions online (Facebook, YouTube, Email, etc).

Keep a stopwatch nearby. Focus on a 90 minute blocks of work. Once your 90 minutes are up, take an “active” break (exercise to get your blood pumping).

Not only will you get a lot more done, but you will find your work much more fulfilling and rewarding.

 

Equally Important … Take active breaks.

In between those 90 minutes of Doing It time …. take “active” breaks in between your 90 minute blocks of work.

This doesn’t need to be anything extreme, maybe just some light stretching and walking to get your blood pumping.

If still in between work, make sure the activity you do doesn’t take you away from getting back and finishing the job at hand.

 

Wake up early.

This reminds me of the phrase; “The early bird catches the worm”.  It can be tough for many people, but if you study extremely successful people, you’ll quickly discover that the great majority have the habit of waking up early in the morning before the rest of the world.

 

This is ALWAYS important and helps keep us and the world in perspective…..Put your family first.

Here’s a big one to lay on you …

Always put family first, even if the only family you’ve got is close friends.

When you focus on serving and doing things for others, outside your own personal gain, you’ll quickly discover you feel a lot more fulfilled and accomplished.

Finding you purpose often has to do with this habit.

 

Work harder than your competition.

Success is inevitable if you constantly outwork your competition. Make this your mantra and you’ll find yourself reaching your goals at record speed!

If it doesn't challenge you ... It won't change you !

If it doesn’t challenge you … It won’t change you !

 

Use a big white board.

This habit is probably my favorite out of the whole list!

In fact, I’ve got not one but TWO white boards. One is a calendar white board to write daily goals on, while the other is your standard white board to write or draw….YES I said draw…..since our brains work amazingly well with pictures (Google It on “Mind Mapping”)

Use a giant white board to keep your goals close and visible to you while working.

When you goals become crystal clear in your mind, it becomes so much easier to attain them.

 

Share your dream…don’t just visualize…. VERBALIZE !!

Get in the habit of speaking your dreams and goals out loud.

Speaking your dreams gives them life!

This habit becomes even more powerful when the sharing takes place among like minded people.

Surround yourself with people who Inspire and Motivate you.

Surround yourself with people who will build you up. If people around you are constantly tearing you down, then separate yourself from that environment as quickly as possible.

Remember, you will become the average of the five people you hang out with the most.

 

Remember…. Keep a healthy body.

Another Big One…. yet so often forgotten!

Believe it or not, a healthy body is tied to your wallet.

It becomes really hard to maintain a healthy mind when your body, your mind’s home, isn’t working properly !

 

Spend your money only on things that will fuel your dream.

Best, especially at first,  to avoid spending your money on “things” such as cars, clothes, vacations, etc.

Instead, invest your money into personal development along with those things that will fuel your business growth!

 

Every Successful person has done this one … Make a sacrifice !

Attaining success is all about delayed gratification!

Get in the habit of sacrificing “things” in order to acquire the life you so desire!

The road to success isn’t one of luxury and excess! Instead, it’s all about learning about self-control, sacrifice, hard work and discipline!

 

Remember to do this each month…. Review your journals .. they are one of your Best Friends !

Get in the habit of writing in a journal …. then … reviewing what you’ve written. This helps you materialize your thoughts.

 

Always finish your day with what I like to call…. Attitude of Gratitude. Again, using your journal, write down five things you’re thankful for today. 

Develop a habit of being grateful. It’s proven that people who are happy and grateful achieve far more than negative and pessimistic people!

Count your blessings. The mind is a powerful thing. When focused on the right things (your blessings), it has a way of multiplying what it focuses on.

Most of all, each day, remember to FEEL the Rain ~

Remember to Feel the Rain ~
Remember to Feel the Rain ~

2014 Success Tips – Part 1

Attitude makes the Difference

Attitude makes the Difference

Hi Folks,

Hope you are enjoying a good start to your 2014 Goals.

Here’s a few tips to help you …

Don’t get stuck defining your success only in a dollars – Connect it to Happiness ~

Don’t define success with a dollar amount, but in relation to your happiness.

The habit of defining success with a dollar amount will lead you to constantly chasing a higher price point. It’s a chase that will never end, and a view of success that will never be attained. Get in the habit of seeing your success and your happiness in the same light.

Begin NOW to write your Success for 2014

Begin NOW to write your Success for 2014

Read a book that motivates you before doing your work ~

Reading a good book will get the creative juices flowing, brain learning, and your knowledge growing. Try reading for 30 minutes to start your day …. amazing how more productive I’m now !

Show Up !

Show Up !

Awaken the same time daily ~

Having a good sleep routine will help you have more energy to do more work during the day. Set aside time for success, be it writing, reading, planning.

Always finish your To-Do list – You do have one ~ Right ?

Get in the habit of never leaving anything that you wanted to finish at the beginning of the day, incomplete at the end. If you simply DO  what you set out to do, success will be your friend.

Keep your To-Do list small and manageable ~

Have 1 or 2 things that are most important to finish, THEN … make sure you finish them First.  Other tasks should be done after your most important ones have been completed.

That ends Part 1 …  Stay tuned for Part 2 ~

Here’s to enjoying Boundryless Success in 2014 !!

What do You CHOSE - The Power of Choice ~

What do You CHOSE – The Power of Choice ~