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7 Incredible Benefits Only Morning Person Would Experience

7 Incredible Benefits Only Morning Person Would Experience

Getting up early is definitely one of the routines successful people have in common. Many of them strongly stand for it, claiming it’s being an early bird that allows them to stay ahead of the competition.

The fact is, waking up at dawn is a powerful weapon everyone has access to, yet many refuse to take advantage of it. I’m sure these 7 benefits of being a morning person will convince you not to let the sun catch you in bed.

1. You increase your productivity.

First and foremost, the productivity aspect seems to be the key reason successful people pursue being early birds. To be clear, you don’t need to rush right from the beginning. Basically, it’s a personal choice. Whereas Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, starts sending company emails around 4:30 a.m., Leo Babauta, founder of Zenhabits, fills his morning with preparing food, planning the day’s priorities and reading.

The truth is, starting very early gives you that mental boost—while the rest of the world still sleeps, you are already thriving: you’ll check off the majority from your to-do list by the lunch.

2. You develop self-discipline.

Waking up with the sunrise definitely requires self-discipline and willpower so you don’t end up hitting the snooze button. However, a gradual progress builds incredible discipline over time. Imagine waking up one minute earlier than yesterday until you reach your desired hour. Bit by bit, you will build your way to being a morning person. Furthermore, a new habit will take root, increasing your ability to form new positive habits and stick to them for good.

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3. You feel more energized.

Granted that you didn’t pull an all-nighter, you’ll feel more energy during the day when you get up early. But it’s not only just the fact of waking up that makes you energetic; more important are the routines you implement.

Exercising, meditating or practicing yoga are popular among people who dedicate their early mornings to physical activities. Releasing endorphins gives a great boost to feel better for the rest of the day.

However, you can devote it to complex thinking such as writing, coming up with ideas for your business or adjusting a strategy for your project. All taking place during a distraction-free time, which creates space to fully use your morning energy.

4. You feel a sense of satisfaction.

Imagine it’s time for a lunch and you already accomplished your whole to-do list for today. You can then enjoy the rest of your day doing some light and fun activities like reading, spending your time with family and friends or taking a walk in the nature. While the rest of the world still struggles to complete all the assignments, you proudly checked them all off.

This great sense of satisfaction boosts your motivation to thrive the next day. Also, it’s easier to start with the most demanding tasks and then go to effortless activities than vice versa. According to Brian Tracy, the author of “Eat That Frog!” you should always begin with things you procrastinate the most on, so the rest flows easily.

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5. You thrive in a distraction-free environment.

When it’s 4 or 5 a.m., you can be sure most of the people are still sleeping and dreaming. There’s nothing big taking place, the world prepares to start a new day, but it’s still in the lazy stage.

Therefore, there are less potential obstacles you need to overcome in order to fully focus on your goals. Fewer controversions and fewer people to break the peace give you a time dedicated fully to yourself.

The morning silence is a special part of the day. While dreamers keep dreaming about their ideal lifestyle, successful people wake up earlier to make their dreams become reality.

6. You have more family time.

Participating in a rat race can make you neglect your family. On the deathbed, this surely will be one of the most regretted things, so take action against it before it’s too late.

In the afternoon, your family members probably head home after a day at work or school. By starting your day earlier, you create more space for spending extra time with them once they arrive. You completed your duties in the morning, so now you can just have fun with your friends and family without feeling guilty.

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A moment shared with your loved ones is one of the best things in the world, and waking up earlier to make it happen is definitely worth it.

7. You stay ahead of the world.

Your organism will adapt to the new schedule so waking up with the sunrise will become a habit you no longer think about. As it happens, you’ll squeeze as much from your morning as possible.

Over time, you’ll test different morning rituals to finally find the one that suit your needs the most. During the process, you learn more about your weaknesses and strengths which are invaluable lessons when it comes to self-improvement.

What’s more, you will implement a daily routine that will make you stick out from the crowd and achieve extraordinary results with ease.

How to make it happen?

Waking up early doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some great tips that make it less of a struggle.

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Firstly, progress gradually, you won’t become an overnight master. A good strategy to begin with is to wake up 1–2 minutes earlier every day until you achieve the desired result. Secondly, sleep enough so you are actually well-rested. Another useful thing to do is to put your alarm clock in the distance so you need to stand up to turn it off.

Last but not least, come back to read about these incredible benefits when you face a moment of zero motivation. It will surely boost your willpower to become a morning person!

Featured photo credit: Eneas De Troya via flickr.com

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How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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