The Success Factors To Wake Up Early And Be Productive

“The day I complete my sleep is the day i’ll change the world” – Lazy People!

If you can relate to not sleeping at night and then regretting it later, you have come to the right place! First of all I want to congratulate you, because the fact that you are here signifies that you really “want to get a lot from life.”

Great! That is what Personal leadership is. It begins from you. It begins from self awareness. It begins with with getting up early to be more productive and getting more things done.

Self awareness is the guaranteed step to become a millionaire.

That is what successful people do, right? That is what successful entrepreneurs do.

“We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Successful people use it, Lazy people abuse it”

Getting more things done is all about getting up early and being a Manager. Your routine don’t lie. If you want to see where your future belongs, you can reflect that in your daily routine.

No one ever became super successful by being a couch potato.

Successful people get up early for work. Ideally around 5 am. Not because that’s what all successful people do, but because this is wise. It is wise to give time to yourself. It is wise to manage your time efficiently. It is wise to utilize your Holy Hour.

What is a Holy Hour? No, i am not discussing the benefits of meditating.

Holy Hour is the time, early in the morning, before the sun rises. It is that peaceful and pristine time when you are far away from all the distraction, embracing the quietness around you and working on your inner self.

Your inner health reflects your outer health and work productivity.  By getting up early each day you work towards your inner well being. Doing so on a regular basis can make you a dramatically better person.

Holy Hour is that 60 minutes of time when you contemplate your goals, your purpose and your strategies. It is that moment when you think about your relationships and how you can make them better. You will be surprised to know that the answers to the questions you were searching for out in the world are residing deep within yourself. It is when you focus your energy on the right track. On the things that require your focus and attention.

Doing so it’s just like operating a DSLR. The way that you adjust your camera lens to blur out everything and keep your focus on your ultimate target. To get a beautiful picture, to get a beautiful result.

That being said, it is not as easy as it is described. It takes time to be building your concentration to the right place and focusing on the right track by removing all your distractions. It takes practice. People who contemplate deep in their life are the people who achieve big.

As we discussed in our post Top 5 Practices of Rich and Successful People we discussed deeply about the power that you reveal by utilizing your Holy Hour and thinking and contemplating.

Successful people do a weekly analysis of their to-do list and prioritize their goals. They know the importance of time. They know time is money.

I once read about the secret of Asia’s top CEO’s outrageous success,

“I make time to think” he said.

Every morning he spends at least 45 minutes with his eyes closed, deep in reflection. He’s not meditating. He’s not praying. He’s thinking.  Sometimes he’s analyzing business challenges, other times he’s thinking about new markets. Still other times he is being introspective about the meaning of his life and what he wants it to stand for. Often, he’s simply dreaming up new ways to grow personally and professionally. Every once in a while he will spend between six to eight hours doing this. Sitting silently with his eyes closed. Thinking.

Being thoughtful and strategic is step number one as you walk to greatness. Clarity precedes success. By thinking more, you’ll have a better sense of your priorities and what you need to focus on. Your actions will be crisp and deliberate and intentional. You will make better decisions and wiser choices.

More time thinking will make you less reactive. You will become clearer on the best uses of your time which will in turn save you time. Your think time will also provoke some some amazing ideas and inspire some big dreams.

My question to you is..

How can you be a positive source of energy to those around you when you yourself have no energy? How can you develop the best in others if you have not connected with the best within yourself?       How can you champion another person if you fail to see the champion in you?

Getting up early to do your inner work, enlarge your thinking, to sharpen your life’s philosophy or to review your goals is not a waste of time. Getting up early for utilizing your holy hour is not a waste of time!

The holy hour infuses every remaining minute of your day with a perspective that elevates each area of your life. It will transform you. Make you better as a leader, as a parent, as a human being.

Apart from  achieving scientific evidence, Holy Hour has it’s deep routes in Hindu Tradition and is also mentioned in knowledge and wisdom rich Vedas. This Holy Hour is called “BHRAMA MUHURAT” in sanskrit Which means the “HOLY HOUR“. There are still various Gurukuls that follow the tradition of brahma mhoorat along with other Buddhists, and Chinese philosophers.

I believe that now you have enough reasons to waking up early and if you still fail to do so just remember this following powerful quote:

“There will be plenty of time to sleep when you are dear”-Benjamin  Franklin

So join the club of early risers. Be more wise. Be more Productive.

Here are 5 Practical ways that can help you get up early in the morning. ( Try to wake up around 4 or 5 am) :

1. SET YOUR GOALS.

This may seem obvious but it can have a tremendous impact on your life. People don’t wake up early just because they can not find any reason to do so. Even if they wake up, they already waste enough of their time thinking to take next action. Understand that this routine is new to you. So unlike waking up at regular time and knowing what you should do next is pretty simple. You’ve been following that routine for ages. But this is the beginning of your new journey so set goals early.

The night before you go to sleep at night , think of all the actions and your to do list that you need to perform tomorrow. This way you can save a lot of your time and it will also give you a reason to wake up early.

Plan your day out and make enthusiastic goals that force you to get out of bed without hitting the snooze button.

Goals breathe energy and life into your days. Goals inspire you and give you something to get out of your bed each morning. Take out your journal and prioritize your goal. It will light a fire in your belly and flood you with passion.

2. THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND.

a) DON’T EAT AFTER 8 P.M : This will help you sleep more deeply as well as more sweetly. It’s the quality not the quantity of sleep that’s more important.

b) KEEP YOUR GIZMOS AWAY :Research shows that people who sleep with no distractions sleep more peacefully and have high quality REM SLEEP.

c) SLEEP IN COMPLETE DARKNESS AND NO NOISE: This ritual can be helpful to people especially who are insomniac. Lavender essential oil when used as a aromatic fragrance can help relieve stress and bring more peace.

d) SLEEP MAX. BY 11 PM : Don;t stress yourself out. Your body need rest. Without a proper sleep research shows that you can be less productive. In order to have fresh mind at least have 6-7  hours of sleep.

3. DON’T KEEP HUGGING YOUR BED!

After your alarm clock goes off, jump out of bed and start your day. The more time you lie in after the alarm clock goes off, the greater the likelihood that the chatter of your mind will say something like, “stay in bed, sleep a bit more. The bed is warm, you deserve it.” You want to stay away from those evil forces as much as possible!!

4. SET YOUR ALARM 30 MINUTES EARLY.

This little trick can help you change your life. Think like you are getting up at 5 am. By the time you are up and out of bed , you’ll realize that it’s only 4.30 AM.

Voila ! Sounds silly but it works!!

5. KEEP AWAY!

A night before , when you set your alarm clock keep it at a distance where you can’t reach easily. So doesn’t matter if you don’t want to wake up early and get going, You have to have get out of your bed to stop that annoying buzzing of your alarm clock!

You’ll get annoyed as hell at first, but you will thank me that you actually woke up!

6. GIVE IT AT LEAST 21 DAYS.

Research has found that it takes at least 21 days to form or delete a habit. You need some time to get used to it. It wont be easy at first but you need to keep going, okay?

Personal change is a process that can be hardest at the beginning. Be it waking up in the morning and be productive or losing your weight. It does not happens in a day or in a week. It takes time to overcome the pull of your old habit. But after four days from now, your life will so much better and you will feel so much powerful and strengthened. Always give yourself at least 21 days to install a habit.

DON’T GIVE UP!

POSTED BY ANJALIBHATNAGAR

 

 

What Does It Mean To “Self Improve?”

Self Improvement has become mainstream. In the last few years, since I have been writing articles and submitting them to article sites, I’ve noticed that the category of “Self Improvement” has been showing up lately when it was never there before. To me, this is very good news.

But what does it really mean to “Self Improve?” What are we really improving when we self improve? And what “self” are we improving?

We each have two “selves” – our wounded self and our core Self. Our core Self is our true self, our natural soul self – our essence. Our core Self is our passion, our joy, our gifts and talents, our ability to love, our creativity. We come into this life as our core Self, and when this Self is loved and valued by our parents, we continue to naturally grow our God-given gifts and talents and manifest the fullness of our beings. This Self wants to improve by learning the skills necessary to fully express itself.

But when this Self is not seen and valued in the way we needed, we create an alternative self, a self we hope will have control over getting the love we need and avoiding the pain we can’t handle – a self to help us feel safe. This is our false self, our wounded self, our ego self. This self is filled with the false beliefs that we absorbed as we were growing up – beliefs that end up limiting our true, core Self. This self does not needs improving – it needs healing.

The term “self improvement” can sometimes be a bit misleading, because we do not want to improve our wounded self. We do not want to improve on the ways we lie, manipulate, and avoid in our attempts to have control over getting love and avoiding pain. We don’t want to improve on our many addictions to substance and processes. We don’t want to improve on our anger, our compliance, our withdrawal and our resistance.

We want to heal it.

Healing and improving are not the same thing.

We can certainly self-improve when it comes to skills. We can improve in sports, in art, music, writing, cooking. We can improve our health and wellbeing by improving our diet and exercise program. We can improve in the knowledge we need to be more successful regarding work and money. We might be able to improve our relationships by learning new communication skills. But what if acquiring new knowledge and skills does not improve our health, or our ability to earn money, or our relationships? And what if learning new skills does not bring us more joy and inner peace? It may mean that we need to heal the underlying fears and false beliefs that cause us to be anxious, depressed, stressed, guilt-ridden, shamed, withdrawn, angry, blaming, or sad.

Sometimes Self Improvement just means practicing a skill, and others times it means that we need to participate in a deep healing process. For example, many people try to improve their health by losing weight and exercising. But if their food addictions are covering over unhealed pain, they might not be able to just change their diet. They might need to open to a healing process in order to eventually improve.

If you are really trying to self improve but find yourself stuck and unable to progress, or find that you have no joy or inner peace, you might want to open to the possibility that unhealed pain and beliefs are blocking your progress and causing your pain. It is easy to improve yourself when there is nothing blocking the way. But if you have old false beliefs about your adequacy and worth, these beliefs may be blocking your ability to take loving action in your own behalf. All your efforts to self improve will not bring you the satisfaction you are seeking if you have beliefs that are keeping you limited in fully expressing your true, core Self. If you are stuck, then you need to seek out a healing process, such as the Inner Bonding process we teach, that will move you out of the fears and beliefs that limit you. Healing these fears and limiting beliefs will open the door to improving your life in all ways!

Why Is It Important To Improve Your Self?

Sometimes, when all our doubts, fears and insecurities wrap ourselves up, we always come up with the idea of “I wish I was somebody else.” More often than not, we think and believe that someone or rather, most people are better than us.- when in reality, the fact is, most people are more scared than us.

You spot a totally eye-catching girl sitting by herself at a party, casually sipping on a glass of Asti Spumanti. You think to yourself, “she looks so perfectly calm and confident.” But if you could read thru her transparent mind, you would see a bunch of clouds of thoughts and you might just be amazed that she’s thinking “are people talking about why I am seated here alone?… Why don’t guys find me attractive? …I don’t like my ankles, they look too skinny… I wish I was as intelligent as my best friend.”

We look at a young business entrepreneur and say “Wooh… what else could he ask for?” He stares at himself at the mirror and murmur to himself, “I hate my big eyes… I wonder why my friends won’t talk to me… I hope mom and dad would still work things out.”

Isn’t it funny? We look at other people, envy them for looking so outrageously perfect and wish we could trade places with them, while they look at us and thinks of the same thing. We are insecure of other people who themselves are insecure of us. We suffer from low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and lose hope in self improvement because we are enveloped in quiet desperation.

Sometimes, you notice that you have an irritating habit like biting off your finger nails, having a foul mouth, and you – of all people, is the last to know.

I have a friend who never gets tired of talking. And in most conversations, she is the only one who seems to be interested in the things she has to say. So all of our other friends tend to avoid the circles whenever she’s around, and she doesn’t notices how badly she became socially handicapped – gradually affecting the people in her environment.

One key to self improvement is to LISTEN and TALK to a trusted friend. Find someone who you find comfort in opening up with even the most gentle topics you want to discuss. Ask questions like “do you think I am ill-mannered?”, “Do I always sound so argumentative?”, “Do I talk too loud?”, “Does my breath smell?”, “Do I ever bore you when were together?”. In this way, the other person will obviously know that you are interested in the process of self improvement. Lend her your ears for comments and criticisms and don’t give her answers like “Don’t exaggerate! That’s just the way I am!” Open up your mind and heart as well. And in return, you may want to help your friend with constructive criticism that will also help her improve her self.

One of Whitney Houston’s songs says “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” True enough. In order to love others, you must love yourself too. Remember, you cannot give what you do not have.

Before telling other people some ways on how to improve themselves, let them see that you yourself is a representation and a product of self improvement. Self improvement makes us better people, we then inspire other people, and then the rest of the world will follow.

Stop thinking of yourselves as second-rate beings. Forget the repetitive thought of “If only I was richer… if only I was thinner” and so on. Accepting your true self is the first step to self improvement. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others only to find out at the end that we’ve got 10 more reasons to envy them.

We all have our insecurities. Nobody is perfect. We always wish we had better things, better features, better body parts, etc. But life need not to be perfect for people to be happy about themselves.Self improvement and loving yourself is not a matter of shouting to the whole world that you are perfect and you are the best. It’s the virtue of acceptance and contentment. When we begin to improve ourselves, we then begin to feel contented and happy.

 

Trusting Your Inner Guidance

When we begin to feel lost or confused about various aspects of our lives, our first instinct is to search for direction. We feel sure that the answers we need are out there somewhere, and finding them will help us to know the right way to turn.

While seeking advice and guidance from others can be helpful at times, it is not always the best way to help ourselves. Rather than relying on someone else to tell us our truth, we can instead choose to look within and find the answers inside ourselves. Each of us has been given the gift of an inner advisor that will never steer us wrong.

This inner advisor is not pushy, however. He or she will not speak up unless we ask for help. When we finally open our hearts and minds to hear what our inner advisor has to say, the wisdom will begin to flow freely and our lives will begin to change for the better.

So, how do we tap this wealth of wisdom? Is there a request form we need to fill out somewhere? No, it’s even easier than that, thank goodness. Following are tips to help you connect with your inner guidance and use it to create your best life:

1) Create a Harmonious Forum – our inner guidance flourishes in peaceful, quiet surroundings. If you’ve got a lot of noise and chaos around you, you won’t be able to tap in and hear the wisdom waiting for you. Try to find a quiet place that you can relax in. You can also surround yourself with beauty by bringing in some fresh flowers, scented candles or incense, or even some soothing artwork. Whatever will help put you in a calm, peaceful mood.

2) Turn Within – if you’re not a regular meditator, this can be tricky at first. You might wonder what the heck you’re supposed to be turning “toward,” or focusing on. The answer is simple: nothing. Focus on nothing. Simply close your eyes and turn your attention inward, to the silence within you. Random thoughts will probably keep popping in, but gently push them back out and return your attention to the silence.

3) Listen for Wisdom – if you’ve got a specific situation you’re struggling with, this would be a good time to think about it. Try to do so without judgment, and without trying to come to any conclusions. Just ponder the issue and practice acceptance for what it is at this moment. Then ask yourself, “What would be the best course of action for me at this time?” Consider the possibilities before you, and think about how each one makes you feel. Most often, you will notice a difference between something that feels right, and something that feels wrong.

4) Let the Solution Materialize – if you don’t recieve any insights initially, put the issue aside for awhile. By going through this process, you’ve already tapped into your inner guidance and asked for help. Even if the answer doesn’t appear immediately, it will eventually. And in my experience, it doesn’t take long! Just make an effort to stay open to the answer when it arrives. It will usually arrive in a flash of inspiration or insight that makes you say, “Ah ha!” Or perhaps it will be more along the lines of a subtle gut feeling, where you just know that one particular course of action “feels” right.

5) Act from the Heart – once you know what you need to do, act with confidence. Don’t let worries or fears hold you back. Believe that your inner guidance knows what’s best for you, and move forward with courage. Remember that there are truly no right or wrong paths in life, only experiences that we can learn from. By at least examining your options and considering which path is right for you at this time, you are making a wiser decision than you would otherwise.

At all times, strive to be your own master. There is nothing wrong with seeking knowledge and insight from others, but you aren’t bound to mindlessly follow where they lead, either. You have the ability to find your own way and decide what’s best for you. In your quest for knowledge, you will come across information that feels right to you, and information that doesn’t seem to make sense. Use discernment and understand that there are many truths. You just have to find yours.