Rise and shine to success

I’ve heard that for some of the most successful people in our world, people like Oprah, Obama, Sir Richard Branson, rising early is the key to success. In fact, some studies have shown that 90% of executives wake up before 6am on weekdays, and nearly 50% of self-made millionaires wake up at least three hours before their workday begins!

I was intrigued. What if I tried this? Could I do it? Could I fight the urge to hit snooze 10 times before I actually started my day? Intuitively, something was telling me that I wasn’t getting the most out of my day. I wasn’t flaking but I wasn’t peaking either. I was status quo. I knew I needed to change to achieve a productive edge.

Reading Hal Elrod’s ‘Miracle Morning’, turned out to be a game changer! He preaches the SAVERS principle. In summary, you are to wake up an hour earlier than usual and practice activities; Silence, Affirmations, Visualisation, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing. Sounds like a lot right? Nevertheless, I committed to waking 5:30am everyday (yes, even on weekends!) to test his theory. Here’s what I discovered.

How’s the serenity?

No longer was I racing out the door to dash to work. I woke with a sense of calm knowing I had time on my hands. A silent coffee, sitting outside, watching the sunrise, set a beautiful tone for the day. Waking to beauty, also cultivated an incredible sense of gratitude.

Hello endorphins!

Swimming for half an hour everyday not only ignited the body, mind and soul, but gave me time to set up my day. I got a head start, before distractions and obligations arised. I would set a mantra as I swam up and back. It became meditative and everyday, I got the after workout buzz, and I floated into work.

Straight to the drivers seat

Everything felt in order. I felt a sense of control. I was playing in offence and no longer reactive. Everything began to flow. Decision making was clearer as I set intentions, focused, visualised and compartmentalised all areas of my life. Things became achievable not daunting.

The mind switch

I cultivated a growth mindset. Scribing the previous days events gave time to release, reflect and then project forward. Writing down events and progress brings an intense sense of moving forward, acknowledging the little and big wins on the way.

A happy little Vegemite

Being an early bird definitely boosts the mood. You feel calm, collected, and accomplished. When you wake up early, you have more time for planning, strategic thinking, and getting organised. My days were more productive and I was definitely thinking sharper with a skip in my step! You also seem to have more time, allowing you to mindfully connect with others which absolutely feeds the soul!

A coupla cons

The earlier you get up, the earlier you seem to go to bed. Sometimes, I’d be going to bed before the sun! But you’re virtually flipping your day on its head, and getting your usual night time activities done in the morning. It’s a change in mindset and it takes time to adjust.

This also may not suit everybody for whatever reasons, family, work, health. But it’s also not a fixed idea. It’s a theory that can be tailored to whatever works for you.

The verdict

Yes, I’m officially a convert. In fact, I’m writing this at 4:30am. Millions of super people can’t all be wrong. If it could work for your lifestyle, even adding just a couple of the practices, I say go for it, stick with it and the benefits have the potential to be life changing.

Disclaimer – Sometimes you think everyone is up when you are. Turns out their not. My biggest lesson is to not contact people at 5am just to chat!

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Tips On How To Tap Into Your Intuition

You are already intuitive. Allowing your mind to be conscious to this fact is where the development begins. At times, we find that we are in battle with heart and head but forget we have this powerful tool within us that can help us make the right choices without the ego or feelings getting in the way!

What is intuition exactly? Intuition connects us to who we truly are. It’s a range of experiences including the five senses and even our sixth sense, the one of feeling. Intuition can be that all-knowing feeling that something is wrong but you cannot figure out why. We’ve all had that feeling, but often we don’t trust it or listen even if it is screaming at us!

Here are some tips on how to tap into your instinct.

Remove your blocks

Go inwards when something ‘off’ arises, where you may not have been before. Do not see this block as a problem but an opportunity. If your mind is stressed, why is that? Slow down, feel, take your time and work through it.

Less ego

Our ego tends to appear when we are feeling vulnerable, insecure and not good enough. Your ego holds your opinions and judgements. As you catch your ego early, you can become less opinionated and judgemental. You will be less reactive and present when making your decisions.

Start small

Use your intuition to make small decisions first. That way, you have nothing to lose and only something to gain. Take it one step at a time. For instance, you could assess your food choices and what you intuitively know is a better decision. Practice small for the big decisions such as career, relationships and life changing choices.

Make better decisions and keep them

Everyday we are making innumerable decisions both consciously and subconsciously. Becoming more conscious of ourselves and decisions, we have a better opportunity to make better choices that align with our true self. Making decisions aligned with who we are, instantly help us make the right ones, which make us feel better, in turn encouraging us to keep doing them.

Listen to your gut, honour your intuition. Trust yourself.

Life Interrupted | Life in a psychiatric facility #1

I remember the day my brain broke. It was sudden, explosive, and just like a teacup falling onto a hard, stone floor, I shattered hitting the ground. I came to, now lying on my bathroom floor, staring at the ceiling, fragments of my former self, comatose.

My mind waved its tired white flag and I decided it was time to check out of life.

January 22nd, I was admitted into a psychiatric facility. Pillow under one arm; I wheeled my little purple suitcase through the front door. I looked around; beige walls, a dead plant to my left and people slouched, shuffling past the nurse’s station. Everyone looked so sick. I caught my reflection in the window.

Oh, that’s right, so am I.

I was shown to my room. Ward 28. No TV, small windows, starch white sheets, hard hospital beds. A room full of nothingness. It was perfect; a place to swallow me whole.

I stared at my case on the bed. I would only unpack a pencil, some paper and a toothbrush. I decided not to unpack too much. Perhaps I just needed one night. Perhaps I would leave tomorrow.

Nurse ‘Perky’ sprung into the room and handed me a ‘Next steps to returning home’ brochure. I had only just made it here! I looked at her bemused, took it from her and said thanks. Then she left, with what felt like knee kicks and jazz hands, singing ‘Here if you need sunshine!’

Sunshine.

I sat on the bed, turned my pencil, aimed it at the door and then with perfect trajectory, I threw it at life.

I am currently working on a book regarding this topic. Any comments on this piece would be greatly appreciated. I’d love to hear from you.

What’s Hot about being single

Single? Taken? Who cares…you’re awesome!

So you’ve just gone through a break up and newly single, or you have been experiencing singledom for a while. You wonder if you’ll ever meet ‘the one’ or if you’re completely undateable. You may have given up and watched your hopeless romanticism turn into plain old depression. For some reason, your life seems unfinished. You feel there’s a hole, a gap, and you’re left wondering how the hell you are going to fill it!

Good news is flying solo doesn’t have to equal unhappiness. In fact, being single can be one of the happiest time’s in your life. But how?

Your time is your own

Two’s a crowd when you want to do your own thing. Remember all those things you wanted to do when you were in a relationship but your partner was always a bubble burster, saying “no way”, so you’d miss out. Being “happily single” can mean you can do whatever you want, when you want and no one can get on your case about it. Now is your time to do all the things you may have neglected whilst you were in a relationship. Book that trip, run that marathon, hell go to Everest, because you can!

Lose yourself to passions

One thing you will realise if you’re newly single is that all of a sudden you have so much more time. No longer are you attending dreaded events or doing someone else’s washing on the weekends. This is the perfect opportunity for you to explore what you love, to find your flow.  Sometimes we get lost in relationships and we stop doing the things we love and we neglect our interests and hobbies, the very things that make us unique and happy. This is your time to reignite your passions and fill your life with all that you love. Take a class in Tai Chi, learn how to cook, walk the beach, buy a pet. Learn to embrace precious moments alone.

Friendships are forever

When you are single you have more time to connect with the people you love and even create new amazing friendships. Cherish your friendships and be open to meeting new people. They will pick you up when you have those lonely times and fill your cup full of laughter, joy and new experiences. Human connection is a human necessity so rally your tribe!

Focus on your health

You will have more time for self nourishment. No longer do you come home from work arguing over what Netflix series to watch, eating their favourite pizza and life just feeling vanilla. You can now focus your energy on looking after yourself. Cooking for one (yes, there are cost benefits too) and taking that time to go to the gym, yoga or hiking. Why not get hot! Just for you.

Fall in love with you

Still wanting a relationship? The most important thing to finding healthy love is being in love with yourself first. Beauty comes from the inside out. It’s time to be your own best friend (self love people!) and you will find everything else will follow. You may have been giving so much love to others that you have forgotten to give love to yourself. Use your time to self care, self nourish and build on your self worth however that may be.

When you meet ‘the one’

If you do find the ‘right’ person, and you’ve established yourself and your life, you won’t have to give any of this up. You won’t want to, because all of this becomes an inherent part of who you are.

Independence can be a beautiful thing, so if you’re single out there remember, you don’t need to be rescued from your life because your life is pretty awesome as it is.

I encourage you to comment if you liked this post or would like to share your experiences. I’d love to hear from you.