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How To Become An Advanced Early Riser



How To Become An Advanced Early Riser

So how can you fit in meditation, journaling, affirmations, reading your goals and some physical exercise into your morning routine? Most people have just enough time in the morning to take a shower, get dressed, before grabbing a coffee and running out of the door. By waking up a little earlier every day you will have more than enough time to get more things done than you ever thought possible.

Waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning can at first seem like almost an impossible task, especially if you are a night owl like I once was. Yet, we already know that it is possible for us to wake up earlier when we have strong enough reasons to do so, such as knowing that we have to catch a flight or we have an important meeting to attend. If I told you that that by waking up a little earlier each morning you will be able to fit in your exercise program, journaling, your meditation and the opportunity to change your life forever would you be willing to give it a try? Waking up earlier will help you feel more positive, be more productive and get more things done. Waking up earlier will fill you full of inspiration and you will feel more energized throughout the day.

Almost every successful person is an early-riser, and if you want to achieve more in life, you should make waking up earlier a positive habit of yours. Here are some really useful tips which you can use to make waking up earlier an easier and enjoyable habit.

1. Early To Bed, Early To Rise:

The average person needs at least seven to eight hours of sleep to help them feel healthy and fresh throughout the day. If you want to wake up earlier, it is important that you go to sleep earlier as well, so that you will not hit the snooze button because you are still feeling tired. Make it a habit to go bed at around 10 pm. You might find it hard to fall asleep earlier at first, especially if you have been sleeping late, but soon your mind and body will adjust to this new positive change.

Blue light emitted from your phone, iPad, laptop etc. Is neither healthy for your eyes or your overall health and it actually keeps you from falling asleep. Turn off all of your electronic devices at least one hour before you want to fall asleep. If you want to read a book before you sleep, read a physical book rather than reading from a device like an iPad, Kindle etc.


How To Become An Advanced Early Riser


3. Plan The Morning:

Make a list of all the things that you want to get done the next morning and make sure you have planned your day ahead. This will make you feel excited and more motivated to wake up earlier if you know what you are going to do rather than just waking up without a reason in your head.

4. Don’t Hit The Snooze Button:

Most people cannot resist pressing the snooze button in the morning just to get a few more minutes of sleep. If you are one of these people, try to put your alarm clock away from where you sleep. If you put your alarm on the other side of the room, you will force yourself to get out of bed to have to turn off the alarm. Once you are out of bed, you will simply start your day rather than pressing the snooze button one more time.


How To Become An Advanced Early Riser


5. Stop Eating Late:

It is important that you stop eating after 8 pm. Food gives you energy and as a result it is more difficult to fall asleep if you are still feeling physically energetic. Develop the habit of eating a light meal at least two hours before you go to bed. Don’t snack after the last meal of the day.

6. Avoid Caffeine:

Caffeinated drinks will prevent you from falling asleep, therefore try not to consume tea or coffee for at least five hours before you want to go to sleep. This is a necessary step in developing the habit of waking up earlier.

7. Bedtime Rituals:

If you find it hard to shut your mind down before falling asleep, develop a nighttime ritual. You can do some light cleaning around the house or prepare things for the next day, like getting your clothes and journal ready. You can even get your breakfast prepared to save you some extra time in the morning. Some people like to write in their journal before going to bed because it helps them to get their thoughts on paper, which might keep them up otherwise. Try to clear your head of any excessive thinking by doing some little things that will calm you down and relax you. You can also pick the clothes you want to wear for the next day, which will also save you the trouble in the morning.


How To Become An Advanced Early Riser


8. Dim the Lights:

Turn on just a night-light or a lamp for an hour before you plan to go to bed. It will automatically prepare your brain for sleep and you will feel tired. If you want to go to bed at 10 pm, turn off all the lights at 9 pm. Dimmed lights will naturally make you feel more sleepy and you will be more prepared to fall asleep as soon as your head hits your pillow.

9. Take Your Time:

If you want to wake up earlier, it is important that you start the process of waking up early gradually. If you go to sleep at around 2 am, you will not be able to magically wake up at 6 am even if you want to. Start going to bed fifteen minutes earlier than usual every night and slowly, your sleeping routine will change.

10. Affirmations and Goals:

Say your affirmations out loud and then read your list of exciting goals. This is a powerful positive way of programing your mind while you sleep.

Waking up earlier is not an easy habit to develop and many people give up because they simply believe that they are not able to wake up any earlier. But this is not true, as anyone can wake up earlier if they just set themselves the goal to do so and change their sleeping habits. Almost every successful person wakes up a few hours earlier than the average person. I want you to be more than average. I want you to wake up in the morning full of enthusiasm and vitality. If you want to feel more confident and positive throughout the day, you should develop this wonderful habit of rising earlier than everyone else. It is not that difficult to become a morning person, but it will take some time to condition your mind and body to work together to achieve waking up earlier.


How To Become An Advanced Early Riser


By following these few simple steps, you will soon become an early bird and really start enjoying being an advanced early riser. It is so calm and peaceful in the morning, and you will have more time to plan your day, enjoy more valuable ‘you time’ and you will be able to catch up on your thoughts before you do other things.

As an advanced early riser you will feel more organized and productive because you will have more time to achieve all of the exciting goals and tasks that you have set for yourself for each day.


6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough



6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions



50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions


1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self



30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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