Change a little to improve a lot

When it come to positive changes, many successful people have adopted the same patterns and routines. We've studied some of the top lifestyle and personal development experts in the world and they all have a pretty similar belief- to make positive changes in your life, you need to do the same thing just about everyday. That's right, we're talking about routine. In order to make the changes necessary to chase your dreams you need to simplify your day to day life and create a foolproof routine that prepares you mentally in the mornings and helps you wind down in the evenings. The experts agree that preparation is the key to success, no matter who you are or what you are doing. Preparation is the investment of time so that you can block out distractions and  execute your goals. 

Most people that don'texperience success fall short because of a lack of preparation. This shortfall allows small and insignificant hiccups to distract people from accomplishing the most important tasks. The devil is in the details as they say, and the small choices typically end up leading to the biggest results. A morning routine that involves meditation and or mindfullness, a creative block and organized approach to tackling tasks in the secret to success. Well, at this point, this really is no secret, yet many people still don't do it. These tasks seem easy but they are just as easy to blow off and push to another time which results in a distracted mind and the accomplishment of inimportants tasks. When you have a routine that you do day in and day out, you are training your brain and body to reserve crucial decision making for truly important things.  

In addition to a morning routine, an evening routine can really paid added dividends in your quest to live a productive life. By implementing an evening routine you can prep for your mornings and allow your body and mind to wind down allowing for more restfull sleep. Personally, I like to spend my evenings by reading and making and organizing things for the next day- like where I'm going, picking out my outfit and writing for 10-20 minutes about what I'm grateful for, and brainstorming. By doing this, I am able to wake up in the morning a knock out my morning routine and get out of the house without getting distracted. By conducting these routines I put myself on cruise control and I am able to save my decision making energy for the rest of the day whie avoiding stress and saving time. When it comes to running your own business or even just streamlining your days to live your best life, these routines can be game changers, and I mean if Tony Robbins swears by it's effectiveness who am I to say no?

Here is an example of my morning and evening routines:
MORNING: 
6:30am: Wake and drink two glasses of water
6:40am: stretch and practice meditation for 10-15 minutes
7:00: Write / creative block for about an hour
8:00: Morning hygiene and prep to leave for the day

Evening:
9:00: Prep meals for the next day
9:30:Start winding down using gratefulness writing
9:30: Evening hygiene
9:40: Lay out oufit
9:45: Read a book or study mentors

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Being a leader and an entrepreneur

As I was doing some work this evening I came across this article on the page of Entrepreneur.com that highlighted motivational tips from Derek Jeeter. The article described how many retired athletes are utilizing their leaderships skills and rewards from professional sports and reforming the popularity to develop brands and focusing on giving back to communities. I really realated with this selection because just a few hours earlier I was writing about the importance and role of community on this site. 

I never personally liked Jeter from a fan standpoint since I was a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan, and it probably had something to do with how good the guy was. Never the less, now that I'm a grown ass man, I respect the guy and what he's done for the sport. 

It's nice to read quick articles like these to just remind yourself your following the right blueprint while lending a bit of perspective. 

 

Here are the four motivational tips Derek shared in the aricle:

 

1. Be a connected leader.

“You have to get to know the people you are leading in order to know how to get the most out of them. Beyond that, open and honest communication is paramount. You are not always going to be making the popular decision, but you need to make sure those affected by it understand the reasoning.”

2. Define your own success.

“In business, the focus in competitiveness is not as much on beating the team in the other dugout but in making your venture successful, however you decide to measure success for the endeavor.”

3. Prep matters most.

“Without preparation, there would be no accomplishments. While, yes, I am proud of various accolades, I am most proud of the work I put in day in and day out leading up to those moments.”

4. Compete against yourself.

“There is a degree of personal pride in the amount of work you put in toward achieving your potential. I can’t always expect to be the best at everything, but I don’t ever want to end a day feeling like I didn’t give all I could toward whatever I faced that day.”

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