For the longest time getting up in the morning was the MOST difficult part of my day. Let’s be honest, it’s still a struggle at times.
I then began to learn the importance of a morning routine, getting up early and how successful people from all walks of life, with all different types of careers and ambitions, use their mornings to jumpstart their day.
One of my biggest ah-ha moments came when I realized that if I could get my butt out of bed, then the rest of my day would be a breeze. If I could accomplish the hardest thing first thing, then I would set myself up for success throughout the rest of the day.
For me, when I first decided that I wanted to start getting up early and use my morning to jumpstart my day, I thought about my morning routine in 2 parts:
Part 1 – Getting Up Early
Part 2 – Habits and Rituals
Part 1 – Getting Up Early
When I finally committed to creating a morning routine, I struggled for...
What kind of an impact would increasing your level of mental toughness, aka grit, have on your life?
Do you think that would give you the edge you’ve been looking for?
With just a little bit more grit, mental toughness and perseverance you could…
Knowing that being more mentally tough could benefit you is one thing, but actually developing it is another!
So, the question is, how can you develop more grit?
How can you become more mentally tough?
And how can you learn to persevere when faced with challenges on your path to greatness?
Most people (me included at times) think that those who have...
Today we live in an age of immediate gratification. So many people are looking for an easy fix to almost everything.
Just the other day I heard of a recent study that concluded our attention span has dropped to 8 seconds from just over 12 seconds back in the year 2000. That’s a pretty big change in a relatively short amount of time. What this means is that we now have a shorter attention span than goldfish!
Like many of the “studies” out there, we have to take these findings with a massive grain of salt. Nevertheless, I am sure most of us would agree that the times we live in right now are fast-paced and the quest for the ultimate shortcut to success can be found all over Facebook and the internet at large.
There are countless ads and programs claiming “6 months to 6 figures” or “build your million-dollar business part-time while sipping Coronas on the beach!”
Although I do agree that in some circumstances people do achieve a crazy amount of...
At Stanford University in 1960 the first marshmallow experiment was conducted and it revealed something incredible — something that could be the difference between you succeeding or failing over the long-term.
A child about 4 or 5 is brought into a room by a friendly researcher. The child sits down at a table, and in front of them is a tasty marshmallow.
The researcher lets the child know that they can eat the marshmallow right away if they want, or…they can wait about 15-minutes and they will be given a second marshmallow.
If they eat the marshmallow in front of them then they won’t get a second. But if they can wait, they will get double the treats!
The researcher leaves the room and this is where things get entertaining.
Watching video of the kids in the room is hilarious and enlightening at the same time.
Some kids can’t control themselves and chomp down the marshmallow the second the researcher leaves.
Other kids show a...
1.) Inconsistent effort = inconsistent results.
2.) Getting clear on what you want and why you want it is the key to being consistent.
Consistency is defined as, “the steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form or actions.”
So I’ve got a question for you, how consistent are you in your efforts?
Are you someone who is willing to put in the work even when you don’t feel like it?
Are you someone who is willing to put in the work when you don’t get immediate gratification and when the results seem like they’re a million miles away?
Are you someone who is willing to continue putting in the work when progress seems slower than your peers?
There are times when concentrating our effort is necessary to achieve the results we are going for in the short-term. In thinking about success over the long-term, however, short bursts of effort are important, but consistency is the key ingredient that must be included if you really want...
1.) Having a mentor in your corner can shortcut your path to success.
2.) If you’re struggling to find a mentor, remember that mentors can come in many forms. Yes, having someone you can reach out to in person is ideal; however, you can find powerful mentors in the pages of your favorite books, videos, podcasts, speeches, and really anywhere there is someone who has “been there done that!”
A great mentor is someone who has been down the path you are taking, they have experience, success, perspective and insights that only someone who has walked the path could have. They might have even had some failures along the way. Bouncing back from a setback provides a level of insight that success isn’t able to!
A mentor doesn’t need to be older than you; they simply need to have a bit more experience than you do in the area you want to find success.
The first mentor I had was during my days as a DJ in Calgary. When I began DJing I remember practicing...
1.) Get clear on “why” you want to have a morning routine.
2.) The more personalized your morning routine, the more powerful!
3.) Accountability is key for long-term success with your morning routine and anything in life really.
4.) Like most things in life, go for progress, not perfection. The same goes for a morning routine - focus on consistent implementation over the long-term, and you’ll be blown away at what you can do!
Setting up a powerful morning routine has made a massive impact on my life over the years. You see, for the longest time, I was someone who HATED getting up, especially early!
I loved staying up late and as a result, had a VERY hard time getting out of bed in the morning. I looked at other people accomplishing their goals and pursuing their passions and soon realized that most, if not all, had some sort of morning routine in place.
It’s not that they all were getting up at dawn, but they all had a set of habits and...
1.) Fear can either hold you back or be used as fuel on your path to living an inspired life. The choice is yours.
2.) We all have things in life we fear. Sometimes, you just have to slap fear in the face and keep moving forward!
3.) Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it!
Fear consumes us all at some point in our lives. There are plenty of articles online that list the tops fears or our time. Whether you find the thing you fear on those lists or not doesn’t matter when you are in the heat of it. Fear is something real in the moment and often our attempts to “talk ourselves out of it” just fall on deaf ears.
I’ve experienced my fair share of fears over the years. Some fears were justified, like the time I jumped out of a plane in New Zealand. At other times, the all-consuming fear and anxiety I felt didn’t seem to have a reason to exist.
I’ve come to a point where I do my best to embrace my fears...
1.) When pursuing your dreams, life will open many new and exciting opportunities that you don't expect.
2.) Trust that the "setbacks" along your journey aren't setbacks at all. They are simply the next step along the path to your goals and dreams.
3.) Don't think that you need to start by taking big, massive action in order to move closer to your goals. Starting small and being consistent is the key.
There is truly magic in pursuing your dreams my friend. When it comes to the pursuit of your dreams you may be surprised where the magic is hiding.
Quite often we think that we will be transformed once we arrive at the destination that is our goals and dreams. The reality is that we grow most along the path towards our goals and dreams, not when we accomplish them. Accomplishing them is just a bonus.
Understandably when we embark on a journey towards our goals and dreams we intend on achieving them. I'm not here to say that there is anything wrong with...