Don’t you just hate them. Morning people. They wake-up with a smile on their face, and spring in their step. And they haven’t even had their morning coffee yet!
So what makes a morning person, a morning person? How come some people can start their day off enthusiastically, while others struggle to get anything meaningful done?
Let me ask you this – how much sleep do you get at night? Do you get 4 hours of sleep? Maybe 6 hours? How about 8 hours, or more???
You need a good sleep in order to wake up feeling refreshed. If you snore (like me) you can’t get a good sleep since your body and mind are not getting enough oxygen to keep it refreshed. Instead you’ll wake up tired, groggy and definately ready to bite off anyones head should they approach you! If you’re having difficulty sleeping – look at what you are doing. Are you having caffiene before bed? Are you exercising before bed? Are you eating before going to sleep? Perhaps you should see a doctor or change some bad habits you may have formed.
Ideally when you sleep the room should not be used for anything else other than sleep. Laptop in the bed? No! Cell phone on the night table? No! Put it away. TV in the room!!! What are you doing watching TV?! It sucks time! Keep all distractions away, and ensure that the room is a little cooler than the rest of your house.
When I’m ready to sleep, I ensure that the room is cool and before I hit the bed I go through some relaxation technique. Sitting on the side of the bed, inhale and exhale several deep breaths and then lie down. You can also do this laying down on the bed also. Another technique is to use a face cloth that has been rinsed in cold water and place this on your eyes & forehead. This always works for me.
So this is all great, but what else can you do?
How about avoiding negative self-talk & focusing on the long-tem, and not the short term? Face it we all want instant “something” – that’s how the internet marketing gurus can sell millions of dollars of product quickly — instant gratification.
Think about it. How often have you gone into a store to buy something, and it’s not there. Does asking for a rain-check satisfy you? Nope. I want it, and I want it now.
As you work on building your business (or your career) there will be set backs, but you need to look at each set back as a positive event that will help you move forward. You need to avoid negative self-talk. I spoke about this several posts ago – 8 Strategies To Handle Negative People In Your Life Or On Your Blog - have a quick read if you did not already read it. You can use some of those strategies and turn a perceived negative, into a POSITIVE!
Building your business or career also means focusing on the long-term. It’s OK to take a side step and do something different. I’ll give you my example. I’ve been an IT guy since I started 10+ years ago. I worked as a programmer, then Project Manager, and then switched roles and worked as a Client Relationship Manager and now as a Director of Customer Support and Operations. I love what I do, but want to get back into IT. I developed my long-term plan and review it regularly to ensure that I’m on track. The side step provided me with extremely valuable skills.
Focus on your long-term goals, the short-term events will help you reach your goals.
For example – your long-term goal is to make money from your blog. What do you need to get there? Traffic. Good, quality content. What else? List out the goals and put a plan in place to meet them. The way to build traffic is getting visitors to your site. How will you do that? If you are a one-person show, you need to make sure you practice solid time management skills. Plan out posts a week in advance, then spend time in promoting your site by commenting on other sites.
What if you can’t write that many posts? Outsource it!
There is a solution for everything! You just need to be able to think outside the box and come up with these solutions.
- Get out of the bed right away with a POSITIVE thought on your mind, and before you go to sleep think about something positive so that your sleeping thoughts and dreams help shape the start of the new day for you.
- Excercise in the morning – go out for a walk, or bicycle ride. Get some fresh air! The exercise will get your blood moving, and the energy flowing and will boost your energy levels!
- Look at the world around you – your environment and find simple beauties like the fresh breeze, birds singing, or even the sound of children playing!
- Laughter is infectious – practice laughing!
- SMILE! You know, it takes more energy for you to frown, than to smile? Haven’t you heard your mom ever tell you “turn that frown, upside down!”?
- Learn to ENJOY what you are doing! We have all done (or perhaps are doing) things that suck. I worked at McDonalds years (and years, and years) ago. It sucked. But you know what, the friends I made it there made it that much more enjoyable. If you TRULY hate what you’re doing — look for a way out! Don’t do something irrational, especially if you have a family depending on you — but talk about your feelings with your significant-other and together you will find a way out or a way to enjoy what you are doing!
- Do and say something positive. Why continue to reinforce the negative feelings you have? Learn to turn a negative into a positive. Had a lot of work at the office, and couldn’t get through it? Rather than hilight the negative, look at the positive – “I can put those time management skills to better use now”.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. It would be unfair to compare myself to established bloggers like John Chow, John Cow, Tyler Cruz, The University Kid and others. They’ve been doing what they are doing for a few years. Rather, learn from them!
- Visualize your achievements. Visualization is a great technique that can help you get to where you want to be. Dreaming is not the same as doing though, so you need to follow up your dreams with actions.
- Avoid negative self-talk — the opposite of #7 but different from number 7. Negative self-talk is causing sabotage to your achievements and your dreams. You need to avoid the negative self-talk (or thoughts). Try this, every day focuso on three things that you have done that have had or will have a positive impact on your business. If you were a failure, could you have done that?
Here is something that should help you become more enthusiastic…
This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005 Text of Steve Jobs’ commencement address.
Do you have other ideas on how to start your day with enthusiasm? Please, share them!