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The Secrets of a Success Routine

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”Aristotle

Being successful is a science. Much like how formulas and theories differ, the perfect routine can differ from person to person. However, the greatest performers have several key practices in common. If you’re striving to become the optimal version of yourself, here are a few tricks to add to your daily routine:

1) Wake up early

Robin Sharma, world-class success coach, is convinced the prime hours of the day are between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.  He even coined the phrase, “the 5 a.m. club,” and it’s often filled with the most productive people.(1) Waking up early gives you time to start your day off strong. It allows you the extra time to implement a routine that drives you toward success. Moreover, it’s scientifically proven we have the most self-discipline when we first wake up. (2) In the midst of a hectic schedule, there’s nothing more relaxing then taking time to enjoy the morning and setting your sights on a productive day.

2) Exercise

Many people make the mistake of thinking exercise is solely for the body. The absolute greatest benefits of exercise are those for your brain.  Exercise makes you feel confident, gives you mental clarity and energy. (2) The health benefits are really endless, that is why it is crucial to be exercising.  For some it might be a morning HIIT session, for others it might be a leisurely walk. There is no wrong way to become active, so begin (or continue to) make that a priority. There is no better time than the present, so start today to become healthier and scientifically happier.

3) Stay health focused

In order to thrive in this competitive world, we need to all the energy we can get. This means exercising, but it also includes eating well and getting plenty of rest. When we eat healthy food, it revs up our metabolism and gives us energy. (3) Getting ample amounts of rest is also essential, but it is quality not quantity that’s most important.  Finding out what works best for your body is the ultimate investment, and there will be a notable difference when you become health oriented.

4) Eat the frog first

Brian Tracy is a master of success, he has helps millions of people achieve their greatest life goals. One of his key principles is to “eat the frog first.”  This phrase sums up an incredibly effective system to prioritizing and being productive. The “frogs” we speak of are the tasks we don’t want to do, but actually need to do. (4) When we get frogs out of the way, we still have the energy to accomplish other tasks we are more willing to do.

5) Set goals

Having goals gives you a map of achievement. It is actually more common to avoid goal setting, but the few individuals that do have seen remarkable results. There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program asked where graduate students, “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  The results showed that only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but not in writing, and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the results were shocking. From a financial point of view the 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals.

 

The 3%? …

 

The 3% who had written and planned out goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined. (5) This study only showed the financial earnings, but it is a clear indicator of how impactful written goals can be.

 

 

For more information The Secrets of a Success Routine, please visit the following:

(1) www.robinsharma.com/blog/06/be-wise-early-rise/

(2) http://www.fastcompany.com/3033652/work-smart/the-morning-routines-of-the-most-successful-people

(3) http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246280sd

(4) http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/eat-the-frogs-first-a-guide-to-prioritizing.html

(5) http://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2014/04/08/why-you-should-be-writing-down-your-goals/

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Gaining Willpower at Work

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Taking a look at all great things, accounting the most beautiful art pieces, the strongest endurance, there is one element needed: Willpower. If you have a dream and a passion, willpower is essential to its fulfillment. At the foundation of all legendary performance in sports, arts, medicine, etc. is the art of self-discipline.

 

If you aim to reach your goals, here’s what we can learn about willpower:

 

1)   Self-Control (scientists refer to as Self-Regulation) is like a muscle.

The more you exercise it the stronger it becomes. (1) The greatest myth we face is that successful people were born with innate powers. Michael Jordan never practiced and Michelangelo through some paint of a canvas. The truth is great accomplishments derive from self-discipline. Working diligently on a constant basis will grow your will power muscle.

2)   We have a limited amount each day.

Science shows that we operate from a reservoir of willpower. (1) There is an allotted amount everyday, and our choices and actions dictate its usage. Save willpower for the biggest, most important tasks.

3)   The self-control “muscle” can get tired.

Because there is a limited amount, our self-control will deplete throughout the day. (1) This means we have to strategically think where to a lot our self-control. Structure your day to where the most important projects get your time first.

4)   Levels of glucose lower our self-discipline.

The science behind why we behave is fascinating.  For example, when we are tired, we have low glucose levels. These low glucose levels lead to poor decision-making and low self-discipline. By eating low glycemic index foods like meat, vegetables and nuts, you can avoid the opportunity to make bad choices. (1)

Knowing how our bodies can enable optimal willpower takes us one step closer to higher performance at work and reaching our goals.

 

For more information on this topic (Gaining Willpower at Work), please visit this article and the webpage of Robin Sharma:

(1) http://www.robinsharma.com/blog/04/how-to-grow-self-discipline/#sthash.L7IVqcAV.dpuf

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