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One Billion Dollar Morning Routine

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One Billion Dollar Morning Routine

Have you ever wondered what morning habits geniuses, business leaders and super high achievers follow to kick start their day? Brain coach and productivity expert Jim Kwik shares below the best possible way to jump start your mind and body every morning.

Jim Kwik is the world’s leading expert in memory improvement and brain performance. He has coached many famous entrepreneurs and CEO’s as well as working with many top universities and Fortune 500 organizations.

Watch the short video below as Jim Kwik takes you through his typical morning routine and reveals his simple to implement habits that will take your productivity, positivity and peace of mind to a whole new level.

 

 

Here is a full transcript of the video above. I highly recommend that you first watch the video, then read the tips below and finally put into action as many of these habits as you possibly can into your morning routine.

One Billion Dollar Morning Routine By Jim Kwik

We have all heard that if you could win the morning, you could win the day. One of the ways to doing that is to create regular rituals and routines, so you don’t have to think about what you need to do. If you could set up routines and habits, especially early in the day, you could benefit from the science of momentum and create positive momentum as opposed to being reactive, like how a lot of people do; they pick up their phone the first thing, and they start reacting and driving distraction and reaction as opposed to proactively spending time with self-care and self-love and having a vision and a direction for your day. So let’s get into it.

Now as I jump into this, again, this is my ideal day. So sometimes I can’t do all of this, but I can do as many as I can. So the first thing I do when I wake up is I recall my dreams. When you are dreaming you’re actually processing and integrating and working on solutions; your subconscious mind to the things that you’re focusing on during the daytime but most people forget their dreams.

Make Your Bed

After that, I get out of bed and I make the bed. Now this is something that is obvious that most of you do, but if you don’t do it, take two minutes and make your bed because that’s a success habit. If we are talking about positive momentum, the science momentum, getting things done, checking things off, doing it with excellence, then make your bed. It’s worth the one or two minutes because again, how you do anything is how you do everything and have a good check mark on something like making your bed is very powerful because it teaches you to be able to do something really well and excellent like they do in the military. The other benefit is when you come back at the end of the day, you come back to success. You come back to your bed already made.

Drink Water

After that, what I’ll do is I’ll go into the kitchen and I’ll have a tall glass of water because we use a lot of water and most of us are very dehydrated at night. I’ll take my supplements there. I take my probiotics, which is the big one because your gut is your second brain. We talk about Kwik brain, being your brain in your head, but you also have incredible amount of nerve cells in your gut and so I want to make sure that’s being fed and and healthy. So I take my probiotics.

Breathe

Then what I do is I do my breathing. I’m thinking about the things I’m focusing on here, I’m thinking about excellence. I’m thinking about hydration. I’m thinking about oxygen. Whatever your breathing technique is, I focus on breathing. So whether it’s box breathing or alpha breathing, whether it’s Wim Hof’s method, I do a breathing technique because I want to fully oxygenate my body and my brain, which is obviously part of my body also as well.

Meditate

I do my meditation in the morning and also later in the afternoon or evening, sometimes before I go to bed, but I always do an early morning meditation. I do it for about 20 minutes. Mindfulness is so important. So I want to have a clear mind as I enter the day and so meditation puts me in that space; 15-20 minutes. Some of you use the Headspace app. some of you use the Muse device, use some kind of technology. I meditate then.

Move

From there I do one or two minutes of just movement and this could be different. It could be calisthenics, it can be burpees, but I just want to get into my body after I meditate and so I move it, my body, pretty intensely for a couple minutes and if I’m in a hotel room, maybe I’m just doing jumping jacks, but I’m basically… Or I’m doing crunches for two minutes straight. I’m just waking my body. That is not my exercise for the day. It’s just for me to get my heart rate beating and getting some movement in my body.

Cold Shower

From there I take a shower and it’s a cold shower and I do believe in cold therapy. It works for me. It helps me to reset my nervous system. Ice baths are very powerful because it helps. If you hit your knee, you put ice on it to reduce swelling and inflammation. Cold therapy is a very powerful way of resetting your nervous system and reducing inflammation. So I take a cold shower.

Brain Tea

When I get out, I go through my normal routine of shaving and brushing my teeth, all that good stuff. Then I make a tea and my favorite tea is like a brain tea. It’s a combination of Gotu Kola, Ginkgo, lion’s mane, some MCT oil and some other gems. As I go through it, I sip my tea and that’s where I write in my journal and I’m a big believer in journaling. I’ve been doing it since I would’ve been in college and I feel like some of the most amazing thinkers of our time in history, they journal and they keep diaries. You think about Edison, Einstein, DaVinci, their journals are priceless.

Use a Journal

From there, right from journaling, since I’m writing, I like to write. There’s a lot of studies saying that handwriting is better than actually typing. Then since I’m writing already, I’m going to my to do list and we all have an ongoing, most of us have an ongoing to do list of things that we need to get done. For me, the big thing is I just want to be able to accomplish as a total win, three things for work and three things personally and they don’t have to be all epic big things, but I just feel like that if I could get three of my work goals done on my to do lists and three of my personal things to do, then it’s been a great day. It’s kind of like my friend Clay Hebert talks about a champagne moment. It’s like your champagne moment and when you’re looking back at the end of the day saying, “Yes, today was a great day. Today I crushed it. Today I won.”

To Feel List

In addition to my ‘to do list’, I also have a list ‘to feel list’ because I feel like a lot of our who we are is our states and emotions and I think I don’t want it to be just where I happen to feel a certain way by accident but by design. It’s the metaphor I always talk about the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat. A thermometer reacts to the environment and I feel like sometimes if I act like a thermometer, I’m just going to react to everything that’s going on in my world and I just might have some good positive states as opposed to being a thermostat where I set in advance a standard, a goal for my ‘to feel list’ certain feelings I want to feel throughout the day so I could design it that way. To feel loved, to feel curious, to feel bewilderment, connection, gratitude.

I also have, besides ‘to do list’ and a ‘to feel list’, I also look at my ‘to be list’. Who do I want to be today? Do I want to be a good partner? Do I want to be a good friend and a good leader, a good teacher, a good coach? I feel into what I want to be that day! It’s kind of cliche, but there’s a truth to it, we’re not human doings, right? We’re human beings. So who do I want to be today?

Read

From there, if I have time, I will make time for the things that are most important, is I read. I read for about 20-30 minutes. So after I do my reading, then I go and I make my brain smoothie; brain berries, which are your blueberries and avocado and your leafy vegetables and water and everything and when I’m done with that smoothie, I go through my brain training in one of our Kwik learning online programs at Kwiklearning.com. We have an online speed reading course, online memory course, thinking course, academic success course. That’s where I do my brain training. I like to do it in the morning because I want to jumpstart my brain, my mind and also my body. That’s the goal for me, of focusing in the morning. So after I do certain brain trainings, which are all on our programs, then I really start my day.

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

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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

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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

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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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