1. Practice “Miracle” Every Morning before the world starts
It is no longer a surprising fact from a statistical study in 2013 , only 27% of us are working in a major that we studied in college.
You know, I know, and we all know it. It goes without saying that most of us do not have a consistent and healthy morning habits that will set us up for a successful life.
Most of us do not know what we really want in life during our late-teens and early twenties. Albeit the fact that 99% of you are not settled yet on what you really want to do for the rest of your life, there’s always a few things that you want to achieve as soon as possible.
You have dreams that you want to pursue.
You have goals that you want to achieve before your reach your 30’s because you want to start enjoying life soon rather than doing it when you are well in your 50’s.
You want to be successful in your career.
You want to be financially independent.
You want to have a soulmate/intimate relationship that you can die for.
You want to be so healthy that you can run 5K easily.
You want to have a badass physique where you can flaunt it at any events that involve beaches and pool.
You want to be happy.
“If we’re measuring success, satisfaction, and fulfillment in any area of our lives on a scale of one to ten, we all want Level 10 right? I’ve never met anyone who said, ‘Nah, I just want Level 7 health. I don’t want to be too healthy and have too much energy.’ Or ‘You know, I’m really okay with a Level 5 relationship. I like fighting with my significant other, enjoy not having my needs met, and don’t want us to be too happy.'” – Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning.
It’s time for you to wake up towards your first personal priority.
Morning makes or breaks the rest of the day.
A good morning makes it a good day.
A bad morning makes it a bad day.
How you wake up each day and your morning routine dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life.
Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive and successful days – which inevitably create a successful life – in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life.
By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.
You have 100% control on how you want to start your day.
It’s up to your own hands on what life you really want.
Chances are, if you are reading this post, regardless of the format you are reading, you have all you need to create or recreate the life that you truly want.
Start living every morning like a miracle.
You will be surprised how quick you will transform your life.
2. Meditate for 10 – 15 minutes every day
Meditation is one of the most widely practice habit by the most successful individuals all over the world.
We highly recommend this practice!!!
Every single member of our editorial team practice meditation/prayers on the daily basis to stay present and focus.
Most of all, it allows us to be the master of our mind rather than being reactive towards anything that occurs in our daily routines.
You will be surprised how 10 – 15 minutes of silence can make the rest of of your day feeling calmer and happier.
If you don’t fancy practice a full-on thoughtless meditation, you can start with visualizing how your day will be before you start leave your house. For those of you who are more religious, you can practice daily prayer if you haven’t already.
Whatever your approach, the goal should be clarity and focus.
What do you want to be about today?
What few things matter most during the next 24 hours?
You can do it once everyday in the morning, after lunch, or before bed.
For those who are willing to be more committed, check out Vipassana Meditation, a non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation.
(Although it might increase your self-awareness on your reasons of practicing any spiritual or religious ritual.)
3. Read a book a week, keeps mediocrity away
Ordinary people seek distraction and entertainment.
Extraordinary people seek enrichment, education and learning.
If you want to be extraordinary and stand out from the common crowd, one book a week can only help you to further on any kind of life journey you have decided for yourself.
You can can easily get through one audiobook per week by just listening during your commute to school/work and while walking on campus/around your workplace.
Taking even 15–30 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive information changes you. It puts you in the zone to perform at your highest.
Over a long enough period of time (about a year or two), you will have read hundreds of books (as you will be developing a more effective and efficient way to consume more books).
You’ll be knowledgeable than your usual classmates/colleagues on different topics.
You’ll developed more perspectives to learn more about yourself, the world and your relation to it.
And, often enough, you will become the one who first see the connecting dots among different extreme aspects of life faster than the average joes who normally use their free time watching TV, playing video games, or getting drunk to avoid facing the real world.
Special note from MS.com editor: Without a doubt, this habit is king for all of our devoted MalaysianStudent.com members and all of our guest writers. Without consistent input of fresh materials, there is no way we can produce consistent quality articles every single week.
Most of all, we strongly believe the old adage from Tremendous Jones: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
So, Start Reading TODAY 🙂
4. Stop consuming the news or reading the newspaper
Even though we encourage you to read, but we are very adamant about The news from TV and newspaper are one of the most dangerous media on earth.
We live in a perceived realities.
You will be kept in the land of mediocrity if you were to expose to media that is designed to keep you among the mediocrity.
And you are solely responsible for the worldview that you choose to have.
Although there are a lot of cons consuming information over the internet, it is relatively safer than the televised news, magazines and newspapers that are politically moderated.
All of those controlled media have an agenda.
Their goal of portraying news about catastrophic events and warfare is to appeal to your fears by inflating extreme cases — making them seem normal and commonplace.
If they didn’t do so, their viewership would plummet. Unfortunately, our human psychology are appeal to news that conveys the most dramatic effect. That’s why we spend more money on entertainment than any aspects of our life other than medicine (our strongest primal instinct is still survival).
You can get high quality news curated from Google news.
When you detox from the toxic filth that is public news by using Google Alert and personalized Facebook/Twitter newsfeed, you’ll be startled as your worldview becomes radically more optimistic.
5. Write in your journal 5 minutes per day
You don’t have to be a full time journalist or a writer to keep a journal.
This habit will literally change your life, depending on how serious you take your life.
Regardless, your journal will:
- Help you to clarity your thoughts and self-talk
- Clear your emotions serving as your personal therapist
- Detail your personal history
- Enhance your creativity and memory
- Ingrain and enhance your learning
- Help you get clarity on the future you want to create
- Accelerate your ability to manifest your goals
- Increase your gratitude
- Improve your writing skills
- Lots more…
Five minutes per day is more than enough if you do not already have a habit of keeping a journal to avoid burnout.
Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, recommends writing far less than you want to — only a few sentences or paragraphs at most.
I personally use pen-and paper to write down the most important things I need to do, my specific goals I want to achieve and the purpose of my life. And for ideas generation, I find it more productive to do it with the keyboard approach.
Most of our writers do both to reap all of the benefits, depending on the different purpose of your journal.
Here is another one that shows the pros for both paper and pen journaling and e-journaling.
6. Replace warm showers with cold ones
Why would he do such a thing?
Cold water immersion radically facilitates physical and mental wellness. When practiced regularly, it provides long-lasting changes to your body’s immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems that improve the quality of your life. It can also increase weight-loss because it boosts your metabolism.
A 2007 research study found that taking cold showers routinely can help treat depression symptoms often more effectively than prescription medications.
That’s because cold water triggers a wave of mood-boosting neurochemicals which make you feel happy.
To me, it increases my willpower because it is unpleasant to do it early in the morning. It is no longer a myth that the the common denominator of successful people is that they are willing to do what most people do not like to do. And if you do commit yourself to do something that you don’t like everyday, you are practicing the most important mental muscle to be successful.
Cold shower often gave me the shock I needed to pump my blood enough to wake myself up. After I’ve chilled out, I feel super happy and inspired. Lots of ideas start flowing and I become way motivated to achieve my goals.
Besides that, there is a great Discipline Bootcamp designed by Victor Pride in an ebook format – “30 Days of Discipline” that promotes cold shower as one of the 12 habits you build within the 30 days bootcamp.
7. Decide where you’ll be in Five years and take massive actions to get there in TWO
“How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?” — Peter Thiel
Thanks to the light-speed development of the internet, so many businesses are made successful faster than anyone can imagine.
It is at least 5 or 10 times a faster way than you originally conceive if you involve internet in your goal.
You can use the internet to share your local business, build your audience for your blog and learn the skills you would need to pay for 10 years ago from YouTube channels.
So, whatever that you are doing, if you are reading this post and using all the free resources you can get to take you one step ahead towards your goal, you will accelerate your progress.
The key is consistent discipline and the attitude of not giving up on any of your goals.
Take massive action with laser light focus in the shortest amount of time.
You are more likely to hit your goal with this approach rather than the other because most people give up their goal because they end up giving in too much time to hit a certain goal.
In an interview with Success Magazine, Tim Ferriss said that he doesn’t have five or ten year goals. Instead, he works on “experiments” or projects for a 6–12 week period of time. If they do extremely well, the possible doors that could open are endless. Tim would rather play to the best possibilities than get stuck on one track. He says this approach allows him to go drastically farther than he could ever plan for.
8. Stop obsessing about the outcome
Research has found that expectations in one’s own ability serves as a better predictor of high performance than expectations about a specific outcome.
In his book, The Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman explains that when setting goals, your locus of control should target what you can control (i.e., your efforts) instead of results you can’t control (e.g., whether you get the part).
Expect optimal performance from yourself and let the chips fall where they may. The organic output will be your highest quality work.
“Put most simply: Do what is right, let the consequence follow.”
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