Waking Up Early: A (Sun) Shining New Approach To Success

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”

~ Ben Franklin

**Originaly published on elephant journal**

Do you you hate mornings or love them? Do you hit the snooze a few times, always rush through a routine and either scarf down breakfast or have coffee and call it good?

This scenario is more common than the rare breed that spritely wakes to the day, but those who’ve started setting their alarm clocks earlier find it to be one of the most productive, pleasant and successful habits.

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4 Highly Effective Work Habits Learned From Fitness Routines

“Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.”

~ Truman Capote

Do you have ambitious ideas that overwhelm your senses just thinking about their potential? Just get choked up like Capote over his book?

If so, that is something amazing and certainly worthy of gratitude and respect. But it can also drive you crazy. It’s a beautiful beast that brings you to life and then kills you if you can’t achieve it.

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Are You Hurry Sick? The Paradox of Productivity

“What kind of rule is this? The more time saving machinery there is, the more pressed a person is for time.”

~ Sebastian de Grazia, Of Time, Work, and Leisure

There’s an app for almost everything and a tool for every job–in most cases, more than one.

Market economics and technology have exploded with an abundant diversity of ways to make our lives easier, more efficient and productive. Interestingly, the opposite is often true.

The more gadgets and tools that are created to make our lives more streamline, the more stress we experience and less time we seemingly have. There is always more to produce and more to consume.

The urgency created around time can extend to extreme habitual patterns of rushing without real external time pressures. Cardiac psychologist Diane Ulmer and Leonard Schwarzburd call this “hurry sickness.”

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How To Make Hard Decisions Easy

“With better awareness you can make better choices and when you make better choices, you will see better results.”

~ Robin Sharma

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

What to do with my life? This question can be a lifelong quandary itself. It includes so many intricacies and other questions it really becomes a wicked problem.

These daunting questions require dramatic decisions and riddle our lives with dilemma. We have opportunity, yet we suffer. No matter what we choose, there’s always a “what if?”

This feeling is natural, but it feels horrible. Knowing that we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t, many are struck by fear and suffer from analysis by paralysis.

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We’re Hardwired For… Unhappiness?

“There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking, and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord”

~ Thomas Paine

Do you ever wonder why we have to make an effort to divert negative thoughts and comments? Why we often have to pause and think before seeing positively? It can seem tiresome to keep up with staying positive! What gives?

Unhappiness has one best friend: fear. We fear that we aren’t good enough, don’t have enough, aren’t safe and secure, aren’t worthy and so much more. This perpetual cycle of fear and doubt is tickled out of us society daily, as we increasingly feel like it’s all our fault. The good within the bad is that it’s not your fault; it’s natural. Continue reading

Are You Motivated or Determined? GTD and Find Your Passion

“A failure establishes only this: that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.”

~ John Christian Bovee

Do you struggle to motivate yourself, to find the energy and devote the effort to daily tasks in life and work? Or can’t figure out how to motivate people around you from co-workers to clients, friends and family?

It’s not easy to do and deeply embedded in sociology and psychology. The first step is understanding how motivation and determination differ, where they intersect and how you can use them to your advantage in finding your passion.

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Richard Branson Says Retire Like A Rock Star – Here’s How You Can Live Like One

“One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion – the ability to pass directly from thought to action”

~ Eric Hoffer

The 2013 March 4 Issue of Forbes Magazine will shine a smiling Richard Branson on the cover with the heading “Retire Like A Rock Star.”

The size of Branson’s business venture list to date is outstanding and he continues progressing, creating and doing phenomenal things. He loves it.

In his video with Forbes, he’s beaming. He’s living like a rock star, asking why he would stop doing what he loves? If he was to stop working, he’d want to do what he’s been doing.

He’s living like a rock star because he never waited to retire to do what he loves, which brings us to the next question.

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