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3 Simple Ways To Be Successful in Life

3 Simple Ways To Be Successful in Life

Success” and “failure”. These are the two terms that can be used to divide people into two distinct groups.

Nobody wants to be called or seen as a failure. No matter how hard and painful it is, we can all admit that we have failed in something in our lives.

How was the feeling? And does failing once or twice actually mean you are a failure in life?

Numerous institutions both private and state-owned have done a great job in educating (seminars, blogs, motivational speech, books…) general public on ways to adopt in order to succeed in life. But these efforts are all in vain if you do not take transitional steps towards success.

So, what does it take to be successful?

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  • Do I have to come from a rich background family?
  • Do I have to get straight A’s at school?…

Look no further for the answers to these questions: here are some of the ways to adopt in your life from constant failure and disappointed to being a successful maniac that every kid would look up to.

Heck yeah! You can be someone’s role model.

1. Savings

“Money: Save me today, I’ll save you tomorrow.” Hadn’t you heard this phrase before? Now you have.

It’s tempting to think that there is no need to save, after all, if I got this today I shall surely get it tomorrow. Why should I limit myself in the name of saving? If that’s how you think then failure will be a constant shadow in your life.

Life is full of uncertainties. Hey, you will get old one day, won’t you? You need to start saving for your retirement. Now!

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Young people find it a joke when you ask them to start saving for their retirement. “I am still in my 20s/30s, why should I save for my retirement? It’s not even certain I shall live to see the fruits of my savings.”/

I agree, we might kick the bucket before we enjoy the fruits of our savings. But, on the other hand, what if you age gracefully and reach to an age that you can’t work anymore? You have to retire and due to your ignorance you had not made any savings? This is the time you start claiming “life is too harsh.” The truth is: you are to blame. Yeah! You are the one who decided to take this path of failure.

Despite the fact that you are healthy today you should save for your health. Isn’t that wishing yourself a bad omen? No! You should save for your health. “Life is full of uncertainties”, remember? And you are not planting a bad omen; it’s just a precaution to protect yourself from financial strain in case of any health epidemic.

2. Determination

You must know that success is not served on a silver plate. You have to work hard for it. You need to have a never give up attitude. If you fail once, that’s not the end. Try it again with a different approach.

Do you want to have a private jet, live in a mansion, and have your own helicopter?… Have you ever wondered why they don’t advertise these extremely expensive luxuries on commercial televisions?… The answer is simple, “people who can afford these luxuries aren’t just seated watching TV.” They are busy making money.

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You don’t have to come from a rich family to be successful, in fact, research has it that most of the world’s richest people had a very humble beginning but worked their selves up to achieving a successful life, because they never stopped doing what they loved. They were determined to go through any obstacles that come their way.

3. Planning

“Failure to plan, is planning to fail.” In order to be successful, you need to have goals in life and a plan of how to achieve these goals. Hey, they need to be realistic plans and goals. You can’t be riding a bicycle and wake up one morning and say “before the end of the day I will buy a private jet.” It’s a good objective but hardly realistic and will only lead to disappointment. Of course, not unless you are planning for “an easy grab and get away” but it will only land you in prison.

You need to start with realistic plans, execute them well and you will find yourself earning a lot of money and respect.

Conclusion

It’s every kid’s dream to be successful in life. But, it’s so unfortunate that these dreams don’t come true to many. There is a difference between saying “I want to be a doctor” and “my passion is being a doctor and I am working hard so that I can be a doctor.”

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How many people attend seminars or read on how to be successful? Of course, it’s a handful. Most of the times, all it takes is a slight motivation to find the right track, rectify mistakes and march towards success.

Like I said earlier, success is not served on a silver plate. You have to make sacrifices. It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed or how many times you have been called a failure. If you do not stop on this journey, you surely will taste the success.

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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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