New Morning Routine!

This has been a long time coming, but this absolutely super-charges my morning like no other morning has before!

It all starts with the evening though.  If I don’t have a successful evening and sleep after 9:30pm, it’ll throw a curveball at my mornings and I’ll have to take out one of the above, which could be detrimental.

Anywho, let’s get into these pictures.

MindValley Podcast

So, I’ve been a loyal follower of MindValley for the longest and absolutely love Vishen as a speaker.  He speaks so much truth and has written excellent books – all while creating a 300 person company that creates courses for people worldwide.  This is an amazing humanity + company; and in addition, they have a podcast!  The podcasts features some of the best speakers around the world and my absolute favorite, without any doubt, is Lisa Nichols.  The Lisa Nichols podcast on MindValley’s podcast is the one where she’s in Cancun giving a guided meditation.  This is the first thing I listen to upon waking up because I’m still in the “dream consciousness.”  If I can have incredible feelings, especially of Joy in that state, I set my soul on fire!.

Glenn Harold

Immediately following that, I love doing my guided meditation.  At this time, I’m hoping that I’m pretty much wide awake so I don’t fall back to sleep.  If I am, I can focus much more on the affirmations and guidance.  My favorite one for the mornings is the “Procrastination” one, because after the program is finished, I’m so focused with my morning tasks.  The ones I use to go to sleep are often Solfeggio, which is an ancient, 6-tone scale used in the recordings.

After that, I officially wake-up with my energy higher than ever because I’m focused on pure gratitude.  I then go to YouTube and put on a specific video whereas a man is stating affirmations over a 15-minute video.  I put this on my bose speaker and go into the kitchen to take some immune support, joint-support, and Thermobond (Herbalife) tablets.

I take a pre-workout (depends if I’m working out) and hop into the shower, giving grace to everything in my life.  This lasts from about 5:15am – 6am.  After that, I can tackle the world.

 

Napoleon Hill: Cooperation – The Necessary Instructions For Action

Gary Vee kind of s***s on the secret, saying that “if you think you’re just going to visualize sitting in a yacht, thing again!”  He was talking on The Breakfast Club, a controversial show, and shortly after one of the speakers said, “hey, I actually believe that – but you have to follow it with action.”

See you have physical action and mental action.  You can be very active with your mind while your body is inactive.  If you believe that visualizing a billion dollars in your lap will make you obtain a billion dollars without inspired action or a burning desire, think again.

There are some men of action.  One his a dynamo and one is a balanced wheel.

The man who is a “balanced-wheel” who does nothing but compile facts, figures and statistics is just as much as a man of action as the man who goes upon the platform and sells an idea to a thousand people by the sheer power of his active personality.

A good reference is when a man, who has hated me, called for a meeting and almost my ahead.  He sat there showing statistics that were completely covering up the internal problem of the company.  He said, “your renewals are going down.”  I can sit here and justify why my renewals are going down, but the fact and matter is that one of the “top” academic teachers in the company had a 30% lower mark in renewals than me – yet I was being scrutinized heavily for students “not renewing.”

“The world pays you for what you do and not for what you know.”

This statement could be a bit misconstrued.  What the world really pays you for is what you do and what you can make others do.

A man who can make others co-operate and do effective team-work, or inspire others so that the become more active, is no less a man of action than the man who renders effective service in a more direct manner. – Napoleon Hill

The main purpose of this book and what I’m trying to convey is to help you analyze yourself and determine what your native ability.  Figuring out your definite chief-aim is the first part.

Let’s now talk about how action can be developed.

First: Form the habit of doing each day the most distasteful tasks first.  This procedure will be difficult at first, but after you have formed the habit you will take pride in pitching into the hardest and most undesirable part of your work first.

THE MUNDANE TASKS! Remember I’ve been saying this for almost two years.  Completing the most mundane tasks first and free-ing up those attention units are pivotal.  Some people like to brush it aside, but get it done, and out of the way first.

Example, if I have to write monotonously boring reports for students, bet your a$$ I’m going to do it almost immediately.  The philosophy in terms of putting something on paper for a student rather than explaining it to them face-to-face is quite unsettling.

If someone tells me to do something that I don’t want to do…but that I have to do, I’m going to hurry up and do it.

Another example is preparing for a big project.  If my colleagues say: “could you please send this, come in and talk to us about this…blah blah blah” – I’m going to do that immediately.

Second: Place this sign in front of you where you can see it in your daily work, and put a copy in your bedroom, where it will greet you as you retire and when you arise: “Do not tell them what you can do; show them!”

Third: Repeat the following words, aloud, twelve times each night just before you go to sleep: “Tomorrow I will do everything that should be done, when it should be done, and as it should be done.  I will perform the most difficult tasks first because this will destroy the habit of procrastination and develop the habit of action in its place.”

Fourth: Carry Out These Instructions with faith in their soundness and with belief that they will develop action, in body and in mind, sufficient to enable you to realize your definite chief-aim.

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Happy New Years + Goal-Setting Time + YouTube Video/Podcast

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.

Habits

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.

  • Meditation
  • Posts on Instagram
  • Inspirational message on twitter
  • Podcast
  • Blog
  • Workout
  • Work
  • 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.

Night Routine

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.

Goal-Setting

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.

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Stephen Covey’s Begin With The End In Mind

Today is a special feature for my most played podcast on spreaker.com – Stephen Covey’s Begin With The End In Mind.

Not sure about the analytics behind this, but there have been almost a half-a-grand plays on this particular podcast, so I will write a short blog and post the podcast down below if you guys want to listen in!

To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination.  I was just recently teaching how to write business plans for some of my students, and I realized that some articles we came across didn’t coincide with what we were doing.  In fact, people who actually do write business plans don’t abide by them.  It requires flexibility, but you need to know the forecast of the business and what direction it’s going in.

Before you begin anything in life, always have a clear goal at the very end and trust the process.

If you’re a basketball player, what’s the ultimate goal? Do you just want to play your way through high school to keep in shape? What about university? Would you like to play in the NBA? Blue-collar player? Starter? All-star?

How about Track & Field? I wish I had asked myself this question years ago.  I didn’t have an end goal.  I had no idea what I wanted to become in terms of a star.  What times did I want, to how much strength I needed to run the 110 meter high hurdles.

I remember I asked a pseudo-mentor at a track and field meet, “could you please give me some motivation before running?”  What I would’ve told myself was, “Arsenio, who do yo want to become? What do you want? What’s your end goal? Specific times?”  Instead, what I got was, “run fast!”  Yeah…..thank you.

The process will have a lot more “downs” than “ups,” but it’s all part…of the process.  Going through not only those years of track and field in high school, to unwittingly quitting at college because I hated the hate going around the team was all downs….but there was a lot of character building in it.

Work

A lot of people right now are engaged in survival “busy-ness” that isn’t getting them anywhere in life.  They discover towards the end that the “success” ladder was leaning up against the wrong wall for the last 10 years.  It is possible to be busy – very busy – without being very effective.  You can be the ultimate “hustler” but I see people hustling at companies making minimum wage; picking up large containers of cement.  I used to be that person in 11th grade before I quit.

People, from all walks of life including doctors, actors, business professionals, athletes – often struggle to achieve a higher income.  Why? That drive to achieve that particular goal blinded them to the things that really mattered most and now are gone.

All Things Are Created Twice

All things are created twice.  That’s the principle of “beginning with the end in mind.”

You need to first have a mental creation before having a physical creating.  Can you imagine construction workers building a house without a blueprint of it? Where would they start? How does the owner want it to look? It would be impossible to get the “perfect” house because you have to first vision that perfect house.  Having a clear image is vital and the first step.  The carpenter’s rule is “measure twice, cut once.”  You have to make sure that the blue print, which is the first creation, is what you really want, that you’ve thought everything through.

Look at a business.  if you want to have a success enterprise, you clearly define what you’re trying to accomplish.

Find Yourself & Be Yourself: Remember There Is No One Else On Earth Like You

Sitting beachside and even going about waist deep into water….I was chatting with my befriended Egyptian friends in Male, Maldives.  When we were laughing and joking, I looked around and saw people of all ages smiling or laughing at us….because of what we were talking about.

However, if this was two years ago, I would’ve spoken under my breath so I wouldn’t be heard by other people around me.  Why? I was afraid. I was afraid of being myself.  I was afraid of becoming the man I was set out to be in life because I was afraid of what other people would’ve thought of me.

Dale Carnegie talked in his book about a woman named Edith.  She was sensitive, like most people are; however, she was terrified of dealing with people.  Overweight, avoided friends, nervous, irritable, terrified anytime the doorbell rang at her house.  She became so unhappy that she was heading right for suicide.

So, what changed this woman’s life? A chance remark.

Her mother-in-law said, “No matter the day, I always insisted on them being themselves.”

Yes, just a simple phrase can changed everything.

She literally changed overnight.  She began to study herself.  Figure out her own personality.  She began studying her strong points and learned all about colors and styles so she can wear apparel suitable for her skin.  She started to reach out and made new friends, joined organizations….EVERYTHING! Her motto was, “no matter what happens, always be yourself!”

“You and I have such abilities, so let’s not waste a second worrying because we are not like other people.  You are something new in this world.  Never before, since the beginning of time, has there ever been anybody exactly like you; and never again throughout all ages to come will there ever be anybody exactly like you again.  The science of genetics informs us that you are what you are largely as a result of twenty-four chromosomes contributes by your father and twenty-four contributed by your mother.  There forty-eight chromosomes comprise everything that determines what you inherit.  In each chromosome there may be anywhere from hundreds of genes – with a single gene, in some cases, able to change the whole life of an individual.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” – Dale Carnegie

You are something new in this world.  Be glad of it.  Make the most of what nature gave you.  You can sing only what you are.  You can paint only what you are.  You must be what your experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made you.  Cultivate that own little garden of yours.  Play your own instrument in the orchestra of life.

Create that council table and whoever inspires you, visualize an attribute that he/she has that you would like to inherit.  Want to become funnier? Hang around funnier people.  Want to gain confidence? Start doing the things you’re terrified of doing.  Become the best version of yourself so both I, and the rest of the world, can celebrate your achievement!

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Keep Your Eye On The Prize

“It’s easy to be negative and unmotivated, but it takes some work to be positive and motivated.” – Donna Cardiollo

It’s difficult to maintain a positive focus on life when there’s so much going on around us.  I know.  However, successful people find a way to do so by staying focused on their past success rather than their past failures.  Taking action steps on obtaining their daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly goals.  Making life excited in general by creating bonds and relationships by being spontaneous.  Just being constantly proaction in the pursuit of all objectives can make a boring long working day exciting.

First 45 Minutes Of The Day = The Most Important

So, remember on my last blog entry I talked about reviewing your successes for the day, reviewing the goals, focusing on the successful future, and making specific goals to accomplish the next day.

Some of you are wondering why at the end of the day? Well, whatever you ready, see, listen to, talk about and experience in the last 45 minutes of the day has a huge influence on your sleep and your next day.  A good example is looking at dreams.  Have you ever watched a video, talked to or about someone (positive negative way), or did something that inflicted any type of emotion – leading to that specific thing showing up in your dream? Have you ever went to bed pissed off and woke up with the same feelings you had the night before?

During the night, your unconscious mind replays and processes this late-night input up to six times more often than anything else you experienced during the day.  This is why cramming for school exams late at night can work and why watching a scary movie before bed gives you nightmares.

This is why even reading good bedtime stories is so important for children.  Those repeated messages, lessons and everything becomes the fabric of a child’s consciousness.

Think how much better it would be to read an inspirational autobiography or a self-improvement book before going to sleep.  How about watching a video about Fiji travel before sleep? Meditating into sleep using a guided meditation? The last 45 minutes of the day are the most important.

Jack Canfield – Believe In Yourself

You weren’t an accident.  You weren’t mass produced.  You aren’t an assembly-line product.  You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly position on the Earth by the Master Craftsman – Max Lucado

You have to believe that you are capable of making these dreams become a reality.   You have to believe that you’re able to pull it off.  Did Roger Banister believe he can break the four minute barrier back in the 1950’s? Yes.  And what happened after that? More than 20,000 people have done it, including high school students.

Whether you call it self-esteem, self-confidence, or self-assurance, it is a deep-seated believe that you have what it takes – the abilities, inner resources, talent and skills to create the results you want.

I’ll be honest, the majority of us had run-of-the-mill parents who inadvertently passed on to us the same limiting beliefs and negative conditioning they grew up with.  In my household, money was scarce.  It was the ultimate limitation until my father came home with a brand new Dodge Grand Prix 1995….yet we had the water cut off?

Remember, the past is the past.  There is no useful payoff for blaming my parents, your parents, and everything else for our current level of self-confidence. It’s now time to take charge.

How can you do that? You’re going to have to give up the “I can’t.”  Also, ‘I can’t has a vast array of cousins in conditional form such as “I wish” and “if only”…just to name a few.  These phrases disempower you.  They actually make us weaker when we say them.

Does everyone remember Susan Boyle? The unknown 48-year-old woman when in the spring of 2009, she skyrocketed onto the international stage.  You received two grammy nominations and amassed an estimated net worth of more than 37 million dollars.

Brianna and Brittany Winner, by the age of 12, completed their first novel, The Strand Prophecy, which was distributed nationwide.  Not only that, they completed four novels, a screenplay, a guide to writing, and a comic book…..oh, and they were both dyslexic.

Don’t ever say you can’t do something.  If you got a dream, you gotta protect it.  When people can’t do it themselves, they wanna tell you that you can’t do it.  If you want something, go get it.  Period.  – Will Smith Pursuit of Happiness

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/8334086

Jack Canfield – You Get What You Focus On

“If you don’t put a value on money and seek wealth, you most probably won’t receive it.  You must seek wealth for it to seek you.  If no burning desire for wealth arises within you, no wealth will arise around you.  Having definiteness of purpose for acquiring wealth is essential for its acquisition.” – Dr. John Demartini

Like Tim Ferris wrote in his book, “a lot of us don’t want to be millionaires or have a million dollars in the bank, but we would love to have the million dollar lifestyle.”

To be honest, as a teacher teaching here in Thailand, it’s so easy for me to travel everywhere.  With two trips to Arizona and Hawaii looming large, and a couple others such as Bali, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, I’m already living in the wealthy mindset.

I can easily say, “oh, I don’t have enough money to buy a plane ticket to go to America twice.” I could’ve easily said that and not go.  However, that’s a limiting belief.  I know that’s a life.  I want to be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want, for as long as I want.

Decide what wealthy means to you.

  • I will have a net worth of _____________ by the year __________.
  • I will earn at least ____________ by December 31st of this year.
  • I will save and invest ____________ every month.
  • A new financial habit I will develop starting now is __________.
  • To become debt free, I will ______________________.
  • I will be debt free by _______________________.

How much is it going to cost to finance your dream life?  Life right now is the result of the thoughts you have thought, the choices you have made, and the actions you have taken in the past.

So, what we can do is research how much it would cost you to do and buy everything you want over the course of the next year.  This could include food, clothes, plane tickets, hotels, education, recreation, insurance, philanthropy…you name it. See how much it’s going to cost you.

For each category, visualize those items or activities in your life, then write down what you would need to spend to get them.  Imagine eating in fine restaurants, driving your dream car, going on your dream vacation – even refurbishing your home or moving into a new one….

More in my podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9443056

Jack Canfield – Inquire Within

“Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious data base outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one.  This dat base is the source of your hidden, natural genius.  In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are.  The wise people regularly consult that smarter part.” – Michael J. Gelb

Rhonda Byrne.

Does that name ring a bell? The one who created the movie “the secret” and got some of the greatest minds together to make a movie that shifted the way the world thinks.

Yeah, she inquired from within.  All this information isn’t out there for everyone. You have to dig.  And through intense struggles, she did.  She began looking in some of the oldest scrolls and manuscripts to date.  From Ralph Waldo, all the way back to Buddha and realized the secret had been tucked away in the depths of what could be the deepest part of the pacific ocean….for the longest.

Intuition also plays an incredible role, especially my life, where I’ve talked about in numerous podcasts about trusting my intuition.  Quitting jobs, jumping from province to province in hopes to find a better job, and so many other gutsy calls here in Thailand.

Intuition is not something relegated to certain people or to psychics.  Everyone has it and everyone has experienced it.  Have you ever been thinking about your old friend and then the phone rings and it’s your friend? Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night and knew something had happened to one of your children, only to find out later that it was the exact moment your son was in an automobile accident? Have you ever felt a burning sensation on the back of your neck, and then turned to see a man staring at you from across the room?

I’ll give you one that just happened to me yesterday.  One of my students mentioned Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania yesterday.  Today, I met a girl who didn’t even say “hi,” instead, she said “I went to Tanzania.”

Let me give you the odds of this.  The odds of a Thai student going to east Africa on an organizational trip is next to none.  How was a mountain and remote country in Africa brought up in a spontaneous and coincidental situation such as today?

For those of you who don’t have solid intuition, regular meditation will help that.

It will help you clear out distractions and teach you to recognise subtle impulses from within.  Think of parents sitting on a bench of the edge of a playground filled with children laughing and yelling at each other.  In the midst of all this noise, the parents can pick out their own child’s voice from all the other voices in the playground.

As you meditate and  become more spiritually attuned, you can better recognise the sound of your higher self speaking to you through words, images, and sensations.

If you want to know more about how to do this, here’s my podcast….

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9301715