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6 Reasons Why Forty is the New Thirty!

6 Reasons Why Forty is the New Thirty!

Already forty? Or on your way there? Gear up for the best decade of your life so far. Life is what we make it and this new outlook shows people living the best years of their lives at forty onwards. I’m doing it and I’m going to share how you can get on track and enjoy the next amazing decades of life.

1. Stay motivated

I believe there is a basic life formula.

1-20 years old: You are acquiring a basic skill set.

20-40 years old: You are applying those skills to fit in and gain some life experience.

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40-60 years old: You learn how to proactively apply those skills to create something that excites you and motivates you to build your most extraordinary life!

You just have to start. That’s the big tip. You’re never ever too old.

2. Higher levels of confidence

By the time you’ve hit 40, you’ve experienced a fair share of what life can dish out and you’ve navigated it successfully. The more life experience you have, the higher your confidence grows, and it’s the same in any trade. So many successful entrepreneurs and high profile people express that their forties were their most productive years. They’re the master of their own mind and more secure in knowing who they are, what they want, and faith they can do it. Mature unstoppable confidence is an amazing asset. A 40+ super power!

3. See time as your ally, not your enemy

As we get older, we tend to act as if we don’t have any time; the clock is working against us. So we don’t make good use of time. It’s a bad habit to hang on to, and this kind of pessimistic thinking is contagious. So snap out of it, start aligning yourself with time, and make it your ally. Start planning long term and utilize every moment you’ve got and be grateful for it! It’s going to lead you towards your goal.

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4. Operate with excitement

When a person is operating with excitement, it means you’re on track; you’re backing decisions and actions that are provoking a positive reaction within you. That’s your yardstick to keep going! When you’re excited your ability to adapt and grow is stronger than you imagine. It doesn’t take that long to really learn something, but as we get older, we tend to settle for our regular routine. Stop it. Get excited and get out there!

You’ve got to operate with vision, look ahead ten years; it’s never too late to live the life of your dreams. Hold fast to that goal and invigorate yourself with that energy, and you will attract the best results at ANY age!

5. Keep working on yourself

When you’re continually expanding and growing as a person, you are evolving, learning and constantly improving who you are. The best benefit of all is the joy of life that positive energy brings. Expanding and growing will always deliver that feeling to you.

If given the choice on whether to:

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A) Be a joyful, fulfilled person who is constantly growing and evolving into the best version of you. OR

B) Be stagnant, disgruntled, and constantly playing victim to circumstances around them…

I’m always going to choose A. It’s just good sense!

6. Stay inspired

I absolutely envelop this philosophy. It is vital to constantly keep ourselves excited and inspired. For me, this means
a lifestyle full of travel, an open mind, and enigmatic life experiences but also on a daily level, I ensure I create the freedom to allow daily yoga practice, exercise, health and wellbeing. The transitions to build this life for myself was hard, but it was my choice, and if you’re steadfast in your decision, you will always find your feet again. It is totally worth it!

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You are never too old to take a risk. Live your passion. Be true and authentic. Change today. Embrace it. Forty rocks!

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    Last Updated on September 10, 2019

    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

    Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

    Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

    This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

    One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

    Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

    Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

    1. Gratitude

    Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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    The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

    Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

    So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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      2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

      This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

      For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

      What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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      Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

      3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

      This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

      Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

      An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

      Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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        4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

        According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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        There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

        5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

        Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

        Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

        6. Rise Earlier

        The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

        For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

        So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

        Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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        7. Listen to Uplifting Music

        Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

        Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

        It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

        Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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        Reference

        [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
        [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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