How Extraordinary People Start a Captivating Day

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Your Amazing Life
Your Amazing Life
How Extraordinary People Start a Captivating Day

Welcome to “Your Amazing Life” and thanks for being here. We discuss tools and tricks to create an Amazing Life in this blog. There are a few powerful ways you can support us. It would help if you subscribe to us and leave a rating/ review, in it leave your top takeaways from what we talked about, also interact with the community on the Facebook page. Next, be a hero to your friends and family and share it with them… Lastly, sponsor it. Your support makes a massive difference. Check out the show notes for links to the subjects we discuss and if you have any topics, you would like me to address just put it in the private Facebook group.

I want to give a couple shout outs first to Ramya and to my Tuscany Italy tribe. I appreciate them, growing and sharing the podcast with their friends and family. Let’s get into Your Amazing Life.

What is a powerful morning routine and how do you start one? Most of you start your day off alarmed as your phone buzzes next to the bed. You grab the phone, turn off the alarm, get up and throw on some clothes or a robe. You walk into the kitchen, grab some breakfast or coffee and start looking at your feed, email, and maybe the news to see what is going on in the world. Maybe you exercise, or get the kids off to school. Then you jump in the car, turn on some music or walk into the home office. There are a million different ways to start your day. Finding out what serves you best is important. I can’t give you an ideal routine that fits everyone as we are all a little different. But let’s look at some tools to build your amazing day.

Do you start your day with your focus hijacked? Looking at emails and checking voicemail? Looking at what fires need to be put out during the day. This helps you find out what requirements people have for you? Ron Friedman said in the Harvard Business Review, “What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at your desk? For many of us, checking email or listening to voicemail is practically automatic. In many ways, these are among the worst ways to start a day. Both activities hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people’s priorities take center stage. They are the equivalent of entering a kitchen and looking for a spill to clean or a pot to scrub.” Do you start your day looking for a pot to scrub or do you plan your day? 

If any of these things happen in the morning then your priorities are on the back burner from that point on. Mark Twain came up with a famous saying that has been backed by research time and again. Mark said “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” I interpret this to mean start with the biggest most important task, the ones that will make the most difference in your life first. In the planning meeting plan what frog to eat. Then start munching. What would your life look like if you awoke when your body was ready, and then got up stretched and listened to your “Your Amazing Life.” Then write in your journal, plan your day and meditate. What if you spent 20 mins to start your day this way? What would change if in the morning you spent time on things that get you closer to who you are and what was important to you.  How would your life be different? 

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So today we are talking about how to start a captivating day. We talked about the importance of protecting your most valuable time (the morning.) How alarms, social media, email, and voicemail put you into reactive mode. If you fail to plan for your day then your plan is to fail. We all know how life and others will descend and gobble up our time and energy. So, it is important to lay out a plan and, in the plan, put the biggest and most important thing first. 

Steve Jobs said in a commencement address he gave in 2005 He stated “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” What if today were your last day? Would you call in sick? Do you know what you would want to do? Do you dread Mondays and live for the weekends? If so, is security worth giving up 3/4ths of your life? Is there a way to live your life so that you love nearly every day? If you are tired of suffering through this and need help to get to where you want to go. Let’s talk.

What is important is listening to your body work around its clock. Go to sleep at a time to get the rest your body wants. My body right now wants around 8 hours some people get 6 and that is plenty. If you can get up without an alarm, and feel energized throughout the day then your body has had the right amount. Do creative work when your body is sharpest. Your morning routine should be the same on weekends. Your body wants a routine. Eat when your body says you are hungry. There are time’s I have breakfast as soon as I get up then there are other times when I don’t eat till 1 PM. In any morning routine it is very important to listen to your body. Some bodies like to work out in the morning, mine prefers the evening. 

There are three things that are important in a great morning routine.

  1. Listen to your body talk: for creativity, sleep, food, exercise.
  2. Disengage: Zero notifications from your phone at night
  3. Make mornings about you: Use your amazing life, journals, meditating, stretching
  4. Track your success.

My life I have set up a morning routine that works great for me. My wife and I wake up when my body is ready, which is at about 7 AM. We then make the bed and listen to Your Amazing Life and Darren Daily. Then we listen to 15 mins of religious materials like the Bible or Book of Mormon and stretch. Then we do 5 mins of meditation. I then pick out something I am grateful for that day. Next, I go out to the kitchen and get breakfast and my wife’s lunch ready. If my body is ready to eat, I have breakfast if not then I start writing my podcast and other materials. That keeps me going till lunch and after lunch I start in on my emails and answering calls and the other things that need my attention. But I had 6 hours of getting my life taken care of before I have to start fulfilling other’s needs.

If you need help setting up a morning ritual for yourself, I can help. If you are tired of dreading your life and are willing to make some small changes, we can drastically change your life. We can get you set up and enjoying almost every day. I would love to help you to create who you are actually capable of becoming.  Contact me.

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I want each of you to know I appreciate each and every one of you. I’m grateful for your friendship. You mean a lot to me. I know you have overcome some really tough things to get here. Like I said at the beginning there are a few things you can do to help, YAL If this message has been helpful today, please share it with a friend or family member who may need to hear it. Or sponsor it. If you haven’t yet, please subscribe to this blog and leave a rating and review. Also, join the Facebook Group, or if you need to get yourself aligned to get your goals and dreams, contact me. Let’s get you the amazing life you want! Set up a time to talk with me so we can discuss how you can use these tools and others to get your amazing life!

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