I always hear about things we should give up in order to be successful, such as bad habits, or procrastination. But even if you are managing to leave these behaviors behind, I find it important to focus on what you can add to make your life more richer, more meaningful and more productive. That is why I chose to compile this list of 9 items you should add to your life to be successful:
- A Well-thought out morning routine. Whether you design your own morning routine or follow something along the lines of Hal Elrod’s “Miracle Morning”, a planned, deliberate morning routine can make an enormous positive impact in your life. I highly suggest that at minimum, your morning routine should include Journaling, Gratitude Time, Meditation/Prayer, Exercise, and of course a healthy breakfast
- Books – almost all uber-successful people are avid readers. Expand your horizon with amazing books such as Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans or Tony Robbin’s book “Unshakable”.
- A self-directed learning plan – Tim Ferriss suggests in one of his classes hosted on Creative Live to create and follow through on a self-organized and directed learning plan. Invest some money in courses on a subject that either enhance you on a personal level or allow you to grow professionally. As you set up your learning adventure, make sure that you are clear about the goals you are trying to accomplish in order to not waste any money on courses, that are either not specific to your needs or are not up to the standards you are looking for. Creative Live is one of the platforms, that I have used as a part of my personal and professional learning plan 9 Things You Should Add To Your Life To Be Successful #growth #motivation #success Click To Tweet
- A bullet journal. While you are very likely familiar with journaling, you might not be familiar with bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is a little deceiving in its name because it is not actually a journal, but a self-designed planning system you can create out of just about any notebook (even though some people get pretty fancy with their planning tool). The great thing about this type of planning is that it is minimalistic, does not require you to spend a lot of money on planners that do not fit your need, and is completely customizable to your type of work, and home life. For more information on bullet journaling – which is great for anyone from a homemaker, to a student, as well as a small business owner, check out the website of the inventor of bullet journaling by following this link.
- A sacred/quiet space in your home. No matter what your spiritual path is, a dedicated space set aside for your spiritual practice can have a peaceful effect on your day. Just having a place to go to, designated to meditation, prayer or spiritual reading, can get you into a different state of mind, that is more relaxed, and at ease. Make sure that your space is comfortable, and provides you with enough privacy so that you won’t be disturbed during your quiet time. A walk-in closet, a guest room, a corner of a bedroom, or even your porch, or a section of your garden can be examples of where you can set up your sacred/quiet space.
- A Gratitude Routine. My regular readers already know that I find the practice of gratitude one of the most important aspects of a mindful and positive life. Writing down 3, 5, or 10 things that you are grateful for every day, allows you to focus on the blessings you already have. You can do this routine with a partner, or by yourself. I highly suggest that you make it a part of your morning routine
- A regular exercise routine. Positive living includes being healthy in mind and body. Exercising regularly does not mean that you have to go to the gym on a regular basis. I personally use at home programs like Daily Burn for instructions, and high-impact exercises, but I also walk at least one hour a day outdoors, weather permitting. This has been the single most important aspect of my ability to deal with my chronic illnesses, and still stay active, and live my life to the fullest.
- Powerful podcasts. Podcasts are amazing, especially when they are created by such wonderful people such as Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and Pat Flynn. Unlike videos, podcasts can be played while you are doing your daily chores, allowing you to learn, be inspired, stay motivated, and thrive toward your best while getting stuff done.
- A Well-Thought-Out Evening Routine. In order to improve your sleep, and the ability to wind down, and get some rest, I have found that a solid evening routine has been something I should have started a long time ago. Disconnecting from electronic devices, including television helps your ability to get to sleep. Some suggestions for an evening routine could include, meditation, reading, prayer, stretching (not exercise!), a cup of tea, or any other activity that relaxes you but does not utilize electronics.
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