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12 Ways To Wake Up And Feel Super Positive For The Day

12 Ways To Wake Up And Feel Super Positive For The Day

Mornings are one of the best ways to formulate your mood throughout the day. Mornings are specified by their finest so-called “morning routines.”

Some people make strange morning routines such as Francis Bacon who preferred to work with a hangover, or Beethoven who counted out 60 coffee beans each morning, and developed his compositions through walking and obsessive bathing.

I think everyone should experiment and the strange part is that the strangest morning routines might work best for some individuals such as W.H. Auden who took Benzedrine the way many people take a multivitamin (not preferable).

However, I have selected 12 ways to wake up and feel super positive for the day and they are not as strange as the ones I recently mentioned, but they are usual (more or less). Make sure to do them in a row.

1. The no-snooze strategy

I wouldn’t state people as lazy, but hitting the snooze button every five minutes will make you lazy and ineffective. If you are a person who loves to do the “5 more minutes” thing, you should change and reconsider your strategy, or else your positivity will wait for you the next morning (to do the right thing and wake up ASAP!)

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2. The burst out

The burst out, or the explosive wake up is what I always do in the mornings. It means when the alarm starts ringing, I burst myself out of the comfort, and in a couple of seconds, the next thing I know is that I am fully prepared and ready for the next 10 routines for positive outcome.

3. Two glasses of water

At first, drinking two glasses of water in the morning seemed like I was immediately going to throw up, but those two glasses, before you’re even wake, is a must if we want our apparatus cleanup. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, and gives your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less.

4. Pin motivational quotes

Morning inspiration is always a must. As I wake up, the first things I see are the quotes pinned to the board on the right side of the bed. I will share two of them, and I would be glad if you copy them.

 “You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffet

It means that everything takes time. Today we might not be there yet, but we are closer than we were tomorrow.

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Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” –  Henry Ford

Searching for the mistake might take your time and finding the remedy will fix your problem. It’s a great inspiration to fix our mistakes.

5. The motivational sentence

My motivational sentence is like a ritual, and I always write it in my journal. It’s my made up sentence that guides me through bad and resilient times. It’s my own made up sentence and I would like to keep it a secret, but you should invent yours too! Make sure to keep the sentence as your biggest secret so people wouldn’t know where you derive that motivation from. Mornings are one of the best times to remind ourselves of it.

6. Run the blood flow

Running the blood flow is a great thing to do right after you complete the 5 steps above. It means that you should do a simple push-ups and sit-ups routine to activate your blood and circulation. I do 100 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and a head stand for 30 seconds to run my blood to my head and other way around. This routine has always worked for me. Don’t force to make 100 push-ups the first time. I have done this for six years.

7. The cold shower (optional)

Cold water has a lot of benefits, and number one is that you don’t have to pay for electricity to heat it! Besides the jokes, cold water improves the circulation which means your blood flow keeps the organs filled with warmth and keeps them in healthy shape. It keeps the skin and hair in healthy shape and if you want to remove the ashy elbows you might want to continue showering with cold water. It also makes you look brighter by closing up your pores. The third benefit is that the cold shower strengthens the immune system by moving the body’s blood flow which warms up the organs, activates the immune system and releases more white blood cells in response.

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Doing this stunt in the morning will blast your awareness and since you did the least thing you wanted to do, what’s going to stop you from succeeding? It’s not a must, but it’s a good try. That’s why it’s optional.

8. The sink routine

Washing our face three times (if we avoid performing the cold shower stunt), brushing our teeth and looking at the guy who is going to be awesome today, is the morning routine that promises. Make sure you look in the mirror and be 100% sure that you are going to be a rock star today!

9. Morning Smoothie or Muesli

Combining a coffee and banana smoothie is great for those mornings when your brain is still thinking of bed but your body is headed to work. With a filling banana and a hit of caffeine, you’ll be set to take on the day. Adding a dash of cocoa powder will make this smoothie extra special.

Muesli contains complex carbohydrate and complex carbs are broken down into glucose more slowly than simple carbs and thus provide a gradual steady steamy of energy throughout the day. If we face some long morning work, it’s best to choose muesli over smoothie. Otherwise smoothie is a great choice.

10. Quick breeze routine

Quick breeze routine is where we enjoy a couple of minutes out in the morning weather. It’s best to take the smoothie or the muesli and enjoy a couple of minutes and clear your head, because if we want to run the days we have to start with clear head, morning breeze, and full stomach.

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11. Read one motivational or inspirational article

I always spend my morning reading one motivational or inspirational article. I usually use www.lifehack.org as my morning inspiration or I visit my bookmarked websites. There are also plenty of books to start your day, such as Brian Tracy’s “The power of self-discipline”.

12. Schedule or follow the plan

Some craft their plans moon-time, but some people prefer to do them in the morning. If you make your to-do list in the morning just follow it. Since I started making a to-do list, it my life changed my life entirely! If you haven’t started, make sure to add that to your to-do list!

Featured photo credit: the endorphins/Moonez via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 14, 2019

7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

How it helps you:

If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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How it helps you:

Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

How it helps you:

This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

How it helps you:

One word: hierarchy.

All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

How it helps you:

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Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

6. What do you like about working here?

This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

How it helps you:

You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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How it helps you:

What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

Making Your Interview Work for You

Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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