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Picking up where we left off:

4. Stick to Routines

Routines are a very important part of a successful life, they can keep you grounded and re-focus your efforts.  A good routine will require little to no effort or thought once it is established. It will be efficient and timed down to the minute.  Now I admit, while a mindless routine will free you up to think about other things, it takes away from enjoying the process of daily activities.  A routine in every sense of the word will inevitably become mindless.

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Along the same lines, successful people start their routines early.  Early to bed, early to rise will leave a man healthy, wealthy and wise.  This is not a known saying just because it sounds nice and rhymes. Successful people site their most productive time to be in the earliest hours of the day. So establishing a solid morning routine is vital. 

In addition to a nutritious breakfast and a hot coffee or tea while you review the to-do list that you put together and prioritized the night before, be sure to consider a hot morning shower.

Now stick with me here, have you ever noticed that you seem to come up with great ideas while in the shower?  I know that you have. Well, there is a science to back up why this happens. A hot shower is proven to be one of the most relaxing activities a person can undertake, and it increases the dopamine flow which further relaxes the mind.  All distractions are “washed” away, and the white noise of the shower blocks out any other possible distractions. In this state, which is very similar to a meditative state, your mind can do amazing things.

5. Read for a Purpose

Successful people are voracious readers, lots of people are voracious readers.  The difference is that successful people read for a purpose, they read for self improvement and in order to gain knowledge.  A fiction book here or there is fine, but the non-fiction genre is the primary focus of the most successful.

At the time that most people are zoning out in front of the TV for the night, they are heating up a cup of tea and sitting under a throw blanket with a biography of some of the most influential people in history.  Their reading habits are akin to the assigned reading of a college history course.  

While reading, take notes, highlight key points and mark references to return to later.

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6. Eat Healthy & Stay Fit

This could be considered as two separate habits but they go hand in hand.  While you could eat healthy and not be physically fit, you can’t be physically fit without eating healthy.

Carving out at least 30 minutes to an hour every day to focus on fitness is an essential habit of the most successful.  Similar to a hot shower, exercise releases dopamine, and consistent exercise will improve energy levels, stamina and awareness.

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Beginning an exercise routine is as simple as going outside and walking around the block.  There are a multitude of exercises that involve absolutely no equipment, accessories or investment other than a little of your time.  Pull-ups can be performed on tree branches, or park monkey bars. Sit-ups can be done by just tucking your feet under the front of your couch or dresser.  Push-ups can literally be performed in any open space large enough to fit your body. Running…need I explain? Even a yoga routine can be put together with minimal research.

The greatest exercise routine is next to worthless though, if it is not paired with healthy eating.

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If cooking is not your greatest attribute, create a weekly meal plan of healthy options and learn only the basics to get you by.  Perhaps reading for self-improvement could encompass healthy cooking in this instance. A meal plan is also highly encouraged because it will save you time, money and reduce your decision fatigue.

As we mentioned earlier that a consistent routine will free your mind up to explore other areas, cooking is a journey that is most enjoyable.  The process of preparing food can be as rewarding as the end product, sometimes more so even.

So there you have it, six proven and researched habits that are internally focused but once implemented will lead to both internal and external success.  Give it a try for yourself.

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