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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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How To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

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How To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

We live in a world where other people’s triumphs, successes, and even their vanity are constantly in our faces. Digital influencers and social media make it seem easy to look perfect and feel amazing all of the time. Even your friends and family members might appear to having more success, happiness and fun.

If you stop to think about it, you can probably list off a handful of people you have compared yourself to in the past last week. Maybe a co-worker got a promotion at work, or maybe your friend has just flown off on vacation. Maybe someone you have not seen in years posted a photo online that made you envious of their lifestyle. When you start comparing yourself to others, it is easy to lose your sense of self-esteem and self-worth. If you let your guard down, you can fall into the trap of chasing after other people’s lives and not appreciating who you are and what you have achieved.

Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “comparison is the thief of joy”. How true those words remain today – perhaps even more so!

How can you stop the endless scrolling, or looking at the lives of people you know and feeling like you’re somehow less important?

Let’s look at a few tips and techniques that can help you to stop comparing yourself to others.

Know Your Triggers

Maybe a co-worker getting a promotion doesn’t affect you, but a friend getting married does. You might be single or recently divorced. Or, maybe you have been in a relationship for a while but your partner doesn’t want to get married. As a result, you start comparing yourself and the things you want to what someone else has. The things that cause you to compare are your “triggers”. Sometimes, you might not care whether someone has more than you, but other times it can really sting and make you feel low.

Understanding your triggers and accepting them will make it easier to stop making those comparisons. First, you can avoid triggers as much as possible until they do not impact you as much. Maybe cut down on your social media usage. Do you pick up your phone out of habit and constantly refresh your Instagram feed? Perhaps get into the habit of keeping your phone out of reach and taking a social media fast from time to time. As you work on that, try to think about why comparing yourself in those specific situations is a waste of time. Once you convince yourself that it is “no big deal,” you are less likely to be triggered.

Remind Yourself That It May Not Be Real

Because of the social media-saturated world that we live in, it is easy for everyone to make their lives seem better than they are. No one is going to post a photo that doesn’t paint them in a positive light. Even in the real world, everything is not always what it seems. Your friend getting married? Maybe they are struggling with something else, like a health condition or money troubles. That co-worker that seems to get all the credit? Maybe they are going through relationship issues at home.

Most of the time, you will only see what people want you to see. You never really know what is going on beneath the surface and behind closed doors. So, when you start comparing yourself to someone else, pause for a moment and remind yourself that no one’s life is perfect. You don’t know what other people are going through, and you may actually be doing better than they are in other areas of life.

Practice Gratitude

When you compare yourself to others, you lose sight of everything you have and everything you can do. Practicing gratitude each day is a great way to stop making comparisons. Think of at least five things you are grateful for every morning to start your day on a positive note.

Alternatively, carry a small notebook around with you and write down something that you are thankful for every time you think of it throughout the day. The best part about this method is being able to look back on your gratitude moments, especially if you are feeling down. It serves as a wonderful reminder of the wonderful things in your life.

Use it as a Motivational Tool

Sometimes, comparison can be a healthy thing. If the thing that you “want” is something that you can work towards, you can let your comparison motivate you to get it. For example, if someone in your life is incredibly kind and charitable, why let their generosity make you feel less important? You do not have to be extremely wealthy to give back. Try volunteering, or donate what you can. If someone at work seems to be getting all the glory, use that as a motivational tool to work harder and get your achievements noticed too.

When you start to work toward the things that make you admire others, it becomes less about comparison and more about who you really want to be. When done “correctly,” comparison can actually push you to be the best possible version of yourself.

So, don’t waste anymore time scrolling through social media and wishing for a different life. Don’t feel sorry for yourself because you think you will never have as much. When you use comparison in a negative way, it will make you feel negative and envious. Instead of comparing yourself to others, let certain people inspire you to do more, be more and achieve more.

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5 Ways To Know Your Self Worth

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5 Ways To Know Your Self Worth

Focusing on your sense of “self” is very important in so many different ways. When you think about it, you are probably surrounded by the word “self” each day more than you realize. From self-care, self-esteem and self-belief to self-confidence, self-respect and self-worth, people are constantly trying to find ways to better themselves in different areas of their lives.

If you ask most people if they know their self-worth, they will probably be quick to say yes. But, if you took that question further and asked them how they know it, you will likely be met with some hesitation. The reality is, most people think they know about self-worth, but do not fully understand what it is or how it differs from other areas of “self”.

So, how can you truly know your self-worth? What can you do to increase it? What are your strengths, gifts and abilities? Let’s take a look at a few ways to have a better understanding of what really is your self-worth.

1. Don’t Judge Your Own Emotions

You can boost your sense of self-worth by accepting your thoughts and feelings. You might not always like them, and you might find yourself at odds with them from time to time. But, whatever thoughts and emotions come into your head, let them in. Then, you can work through them effectively. Emotions demand to be felt. It is how you respond to them that matters. Don’t ignore them and limit your true value. Embrace the wonderful unique person who you are.

 

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.Robert Tew

 

2. Question Your “Shoulds”

When you think about the things you “should” do, it might leave you feeling unmotivated and overwhelmed. For example, if you say to yourself, “I should go for a run this evening,” and then you don’t end up doing it, how do you think you will feel? Chances are, you will struggle with some level of guilt. This can snowball into not feeling good about yourself and questioning how much that you value yourself and your self-worth.

Instead, fill your life with things that you “will” do. The word “will” implies that it is more of a promise and a commitment, rather than a burden. Saying “I will run a mile this evening” is much more motivating and allows you to prove exactly who you are and what you can do.

 

Anything is possible when you have a path, a plan, and a desire to take action. Dean Graziosi

 

3. Don’t Worry About the Acceptance of Others

It seems all too natural to worry about what other people think of us. Social media can make things even worse. If you find yourself constantly “looking for likes” or some kind of validation from friends, family, or even strangers, you are looking at your self-worth in the wrong place by looking through someone else’s lens and standards.

It can be hard to give up this habit. Everyone wants to be accepted. But, you won’t find what you are worth in the opinions of others. You have the power to see yourself for how great you really are. When you are able to internalize this power and recognize your true value and self-worth, you won’t put so much emphasis on what others think of you. You will get to know who you are, what you are really worth, and you can be confident in that.

4. Let Yourself Off The Hook

Many times, people cannot see their true self-worth because they are holding on to past guilt. Almost everyone has regrets. Whether you did something when you were young that you should not have, or perhaps you wronged someone in some way, the past is the past.

You need to learn to forgive yourself and let yourself off the hook. By holding onto that guilt, you will never be able to see what you are really worth. It will feel like a ball and chain holding you back. But, you have the key to break free, if you just give yourself the chance. If you would be willing to show someone else forgiveness and acceptance for their wrongdoings, you owe it to yourself to do the same. Give yourself a break.

5. Look at Your Gifts

If you are still having a hard time understanding your self-worth, take a look at your natural skills. Everyone has certain gifts in life. Your talents are going to be different from someone else’s – that’s what makes the world work!

Think about a few things that you are really good at. Or, something that you really enjoy doing. Go even further by creating a list of your talents and skills. They don’t need to be huge. In fact, writing a list of several “little things” can make you see just how important and valuable that you are. Take a look at that list whenever you are feeling down or devalued, and practice those talents and skills as often as possible.

By keeping these skills and talents of yours in mind, you can start to celebrate your self-worth. When you have a better understanding of your real value, you are more likely to prioritize other things like self-care, self-esteem and self belief. Each of which are different, but they are all connected in some way. But, it starts with knowing your self-worth. And, chances are, it is much more than you might think.

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

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6 Signs Of A Strong Friendship

There is nothing quite like a strong friendship. Having someone that you can truly count on for anything and everything can completely change the way you think and feel. Unfortunately, far too often in today’s society, we seem to focus more on how many friends we have.

Or, worse, how many acquaintances we can keep in touch with via social media. But, having a true, strong friendship is something that cannot be replaced or replicated with lukewarm substitutes.

Are you already thinking about someone in your life who fits that description? Or, are you wondering if you truly have a strong friendship with one (or more) of the people who are closest to you?

While every friendly relationship is different and unique, there are some common factors associated with a strong bond and true friendship. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can feel even more confident in your close friendships, and grow even deeper with the people in your life who truly matter.

1. Communication is Always a Priority

It is easy to talk to your friends when everything in your life is on track. Sharing laughs, light conversation, and exchanging stories are all important parts of a healthy friendship.

But, a strong friendship goes deeper. It allows you to communicate with that person, no matter what.  That includes telling them about your struggles or anything you might be going through. It also includes communicating effectively when you are not getting along.

Through proper communication, especially when things are hard, you will build trust within that relationship. Going through difficult things together will make you stronger individuals, and stronger friends.

2. You Know You Are Equals

Almost everyone has known at least one person in their lives who seems to think they’re “better” than everyone else.

Strong friendships need to be based on equality. You and your friend should always be on the same playing field when it comes to who you are and how you are living your life. If you embrace your differences and do not see one as superior, you can take comfort in knowing your friendship is sincere.

3. Respect

Even the best of friends clash from time to time. You might have similar personalities, but no two people are exactly alike.

But, if you can still show your friend respect (and receive it from them) even in times of turmoil, your friendship will be stronger than any disagreement you might have. When someone chooses to respect you even when they are upset with you, it shows that they value your relationship more than their pride.

4. You Can Be Yourself

Do you ever feel like you have to put on a show for other people? Or, are you afraid to let your true personality shine through when you are in certain crowds?

A strong friendship is one that allows you to be yourself. If there is someone in your life who truly likes you for who you are, hold onto that friendship tightly! Most people spend far too much time pretending, whether it’s online or in-person. Someone who loves your quirks and uniqueness is someone who loves you, as a person.

Honesty is also a huge part of being yourself, and a huge part of a strong friendship. Friendships should be based on trust, and that starts with being honest. Telling the truth about how you feel and what you think is important. If your friend actively listens, appreciates, and comments on that truth, you can take comfort in knowing how secure your relationship is.

5. You Experience Joy

While a true friend should be there for you during hard times, the bulk of your relationship should be joyful and fun! Again, think about that person in your life who makes you smile. Is there someone who you are always happy to be around? Does thinking about your friendship cause your heart to race?

Strong friendships should absolutely be joyful. You should find yourself laughing a lot, and being completely at ease with one another. That person may be the first one you think of when you want to experience something new or go somewhere different, just because you know that you will have more fun with them around.

6. You Respect Boundaries

No matter how great your friendship is, no two people can be together 24/7. A great friend will understand that and respect your boundaries. Alternatively, they might be going through something that they are not ready to talk about. If you can respect those boundaries, it shows them how much faith you have in your friendship.

Many people are too quick to think the term “boundaries” as being negative. But, boundaries are completely healthy and necessary in a strong relationship of any kind. Having someone in your life who respects those boundaries understands what it takes to build upon that strength. 

Having a strong friendship – even just one – can add so much to your life. Take a look at your current friendships. Is there one that stands out to you with these characteristics? If so, do what you can to continue to build and grow that strength, and make sure that friend knows how important they are to you on a regular basis.

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