HAPPY NEW YEARS!
Being on top of my balcony and seeing the amount of fireworks I did last night was just resounding. I felt the love in the air and now I’m onto the biggest year of my life (as I said last year and it exceeded my expectations).
On the other hand, the majority of people this morning have resolutions, but they don’t have the proper techniques, skills, and things in place to make their “goals” manifest.
For one, resolutions base-word is “resolve,” meaning you’re looking to resolve something in your life. You can handle that just by dumping the girlfriend/boyfriends, quitting the s***ty job, and learning how to say ‘no’ more often.
So, let me let you in on some techniques + some of the goals I set for myself in the past and what’s happening this 2018.
What’s a habit? Something that has turned into a daily party of our routine. We wake up, brush out teeth, take a shower, get ready — that’s all habitual. It’s on auto-pilot. However, we’re oblivious to the bad habits that are happening: eating junk food, engaging in heated online debates, watching television, being around the wrong who bitch all the time. These are also habits. So what did I do?
2017 Was The Change
I needed to compile a morning routine that would ultimately help me win the day. You have what Jim Quik said in terms of brushing your teeth with the opposite hand, making your bed, etc. These are all wonderfully great things, but I’m still not able to win it. I’ll give you a nice glimpse at my morning.
Normally at 5:30am I wake up (I sleep the night before at about 9:30), and I go straight into a meditation. If I have a busy morning, which I normally do, I do the meditation “overcoming procrastination,” which is a guided meditation with one of the apps I use (let me know if you want the name in the comment section). After that, I would take my vitamins and possibly even a pre-workout, depending on if I workout in the morning. After that, I post on an inspirational message on my instagram, and sometimes even my podcast (which could’ve been pre-recorded). I then record or pre-record a live podcast. Now, depending on if I’m working out in the morning or not, for the bulk of this year, I would workout around 8am.
- Posts on Instagram
- Inspirational message on twitter
- Grateful List
This was the bulk of my year, but things have changed. So, if I workout (and now I do) at 6:45am, my podcast has to be pre-recorded and blog done the day before. During the commute, I would post everything on social media and then hit it hard. After I workout and before I go to work, I would have my protein shake, rice & pork, and respond to emails, messages and other things for 30 minutes before my students arrive.
This is how I ultimately had such an effective morning for a good portion of the year.
Sure, it’s not always going to work, but a behavior compounded over time becomes a habit. That’s what you will need to succeed.
Same as the morning routine. Now, night routines are extremely difficult at times because once I get home, I want to get on the news. This is why I’ve been media fasting on and off. Reading something that doesn’t pertain to me, my goals, and just revolves around the ‘circle of concern’ is disastrous. However, on the nights everything did work, this is how it went.
During my commute home I turn off all notifications. I say what I need to say, respond to emails, then that’s it. When I get home I make sure I set everything up for the next day. Clothes are packed, bottles for working out, belts, socks — YOU NAME IT! This is how it happened. If I can read before I sleep, it would be a success. Normally, I always do my meditation. Now, depending on how the day went, there’s a lot of head trash that gets thrown at me throughout the day at work. Opinions and ignorance of colleagues, management, and just being in a very “slummy” area where people look down on me. Those tides have changed though. But when these things happened, I would do the “detox my mind” podcast so I can wake up fresh.
Here’s a list of things to add into your morning routine.
- Make your bed
- Grateful list
- Meditation (20 minutes)
- Exercise (20 minutes)
- Read (20 minutes)
- Inspirational podcast or YouTube video (I listen to Gary Vee)
- News Feed on all social media MUST have inspirational messages on there. Follow the people that make you feel better.
Now, onto Goal-Setting.
Now, first thing is first…get rid of these phrases: I wish, if only, I don’t, I can’t, but I don’t have….
These are all doomers. They’re either in the future or completely denying your ability and mindset of obtaining a goal.
When you figure out your vision, life-purpose, desire, objectives and everything for this year, then you can unleash the power. Thinking about goals gives you a 43% chance of obtaining them. Writing them down gives you a 56% chance. Sharing them with a friend bumps it up to a 64% chance. And then there’s the weekly progress report to a friend – 76%. This gives you an idea of how it works.
To make sure the goal is imbedded into your subconscious mind, you must meet two criteria: how much (measurable quantity), and by when (specific time).
Example: I want to travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. – Wrong
The conditional “I want” is a killer.
I will travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan this year.
- Better, but there isn’t a specific time frame.
I will travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on April 13th by Astana Airlines and come back April 20th.
- Now this is sexy. I have the time, month, and even specific airline.
The universe loves action!
Go online and start looking for the airlines, hotels and everything that relates to your travel. This is something that my mother was never able to overcome because she always said, “I don’t have any money. I wish I can go, but my finances aren’t straightened out.” They never will be! There’s never a right time for anything! When you get that intuitive nudge, act!
This is the power of goal-setting. Visualize yourself being on the snowboarding fields in Hokkaido, Japan by listening to a blizzard and fire crackling. Look up how much the tickets are, where to stay, and everything that relates to the trip. That’s where the magic happens.