28 ideas to change your morning routine

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Your morning routine is key to Your success, to reach Your goals. What do You do in Your first hour could change the way You look at Your new day and help You to be more focused, happier, more successful. Do You think it’s BS?

Cut the “miracle” part and The miracle morning book is full of tips to improve Your habits, starting from the first morning. You can read some highlights I took from my Kindle. Ar You ready to improve Yourself?

By doing personal development in the morning, I wouldn’t have all of the excuses that accumulate during the day (I’m tired, I don’t have time, etc.)  If I did it in the morning, before the rest of my life and my work got in the way, I could guarantee that it happened every single day.


I wrote down all of the most life-changing personal development practices that I had learned over the years, but never implemented—at least never consistently. Activities like meditation, affirmations, journaling, visualization, as well as reading and exercise.


One of the saddest things in life is to get to the end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been, done, and had so much more. —ROBIN SHARMA


According to the Social Security Administration, if you take any 100 people at the start of their working careers and follow them for the next 40 years until they reach retirement age, here’s what you’ll find:  only 1 will be wealthy; 4 will be financially secure; 5 will continue working, not because they want to but because they have to; 36 will be dead; and 54 will be broke and dependent on friends, family, relatives, and the government to take care of them. Monetarily speaking, that’s only 5% of us who will be successful in creating a life of freedom, and 95% who will continue to struggle their entire lives.


We must embrace the fact that if we don’t commit to thinking and living differently than most people now, we are setting ourselves up to endure a life of mediocrity, struggle, failure and regret—just like most people.


If you ask the average person what their life purpose is, you will get a funny look or a response like “Gee, I dunno.” What if I asked you? What would you say? The average person can’t articulate their life purpose—the compelling “why” that drives them to wake up every day and do whatever it takes to fulfill their mission in life.


Rather, the average person takes life one day at a time, and has no higher purpose beyond merely surviving.


Most people just focus on getting through the day, taking the path of least resistance, and pursuing short term, short-lived pleasures along the way, while avoiding any pain or discomfort that might cause them to grow.


a universal life purpose that I believe we should all live by:  to become the best version of ourselves. In other words, focus on growing and being the best you can be, pursuing your dreams and inspiring others to do the same.


the real impact and consequence of each of our choices and actions—and even our thoughts—is monumental, because every single thought, choice, and action is determining who we are becoming, which will ultimately determine the quality of our lives.


Every time you choose to do the easy thing, instead of the right thing, you are shaping your identity, becoming the type of person who does what’s easy, rather than what’s right.

 


who you’re becoming is far more important than what you’re doing, and yet it is what you’re doing that is determining who you’re becoming.


The link between success and accountability is irrefutable.


It gives them the leverage they need to take action and create results, even when they don’t feel like it.


Virtually every positive result you and I produced from birth to age eighteen was thanks to the accountability provided for us by the adults in our lives (parents, teachers, bosses, etc.) Vegetables got eaten, homework was completed, teeth were brushed, we bathed and got to bed at a reasonable hour.


Accountability has brought order to our lives and allowed us to progress, improve and achieve results we wouldn’t have otherwise.


we virtually become like the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Who you spend your time with may be the single most determining factor in the person you become and in your quality of life.


It is often said that “misery loves company”, but so does mediocrity.


now matters more than any other time in your life, because it’s what you are doing today that is determining who you’re becoming, and who you’re becoming will always determine the quality and direction of your life.


Mediocrity has nothing to do with how you compare to other people; it’s simply a result of not making the commitment to continuously learn, grow, and improve yourself. Whereas being extraordinary—which leads to extraordinary levels of success—is a result of choosing to learn, grow, and be just a little bit better each day than you’ve been in the past.


Christine Kane has an excellent blog on How To Make A Vision Board as well as a free eBook titled The Complete Guide To Vision Boards. Both are available on her website at http://www.ChristineKane.com.


If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness. —ROBIN SHARMA


person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. —MARK TWAIN


Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read. —MATTHEW KELLY


My favorite form of Scribing is journaling, which I do for 5-10 minutes during my Miracle Morning. By getting your thoughts out of your head and putting them in writing, you gain valuable insights you’d otherwise never see. The Scribing element of your Miracle Morning enables you to document your insights, ideas, breakthroughs, realizations, successes, and lessons learned, as well as any areas of opportunity, personal growth, or improvement.


Writing in a journal each day, with a structured, strategic process (more on that in a minute) allows you to direct your focus to what you did accomplish, what you’re grateful for, and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day, feel good about any forward progress you made, and use a heightened level of clarity to accelerate your results.


Every day, think as you wake up, ‘Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’ —DALAI LAMA


Things do not change. We change. —HENRY DAVID THOREAU

 

 


Get involved means cooperating, contributing, taking part. Not watching from the sidelines while someone else has your life for you. Getting involved means rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty but having an experience along the way, a real experience. Getting involved means joining in, offering help, volunteering, turning a theoretical interest into a real one, being out there and talking to people. Getting involved means having fun, real fun, not TV fun. Getting involved means helping other people appreciate and enjoy their lives a bit more than they would have done without you.

From The Rules of Life: A Personal code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life

We have to feed and water these online relationships by responding to instant messages and tweets, by staying on top of the seemingly endless information at our fingertips, and by producing worthwhile online material. And there are only so many hours in the day … Or so we tell ourselves. Really, it flatters our egos to believe we are indispensable. The rumble of a phone, a text message or an invite to an event makes us feel we’re part of something. Unfortunately, the rewards are as difficult to predict as the weather, and it’s this that keeps us obsessively checking in.

From Untangling the Web

Vagabonding is not to be confused with a mere vacation, where the only goal is escape. With escape in mind, vacationers tend to approach their holiday with a grim resolve, determined to make their experience live up to their expectations; on the vagabonding road, you prepare for the long haul knowing that the predictable and the unpredictable, the pleasant and the unpleasant are not separate but part of the same ongoing reality.

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been,” observed Paul Theroux twenty years ago, “travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

“The world is a book,” goes a saying attributed to Saint Augustine, “and those who do not travel read only one page.”

From Vagabonding

When we are not experts and we don’t have time to compare and choose rationally among options, the best choice is often to do nothing. Because novices are prone to make the wrong move, the right move is often no move at all. Even the world’s leading experts are novices some of the time, and when that happens they often should do nothing.

If we are novices, by the time we have only seconds left to make a decision, it is often too late. The best decisions made in time-pressured situations are those we have prepared for in advance. The real challenge is to anticipate those situations in which we, as experts, might suddenly become novices, and then train for those scenarios.

From Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

Every day now, I wonder if I’m spending enough time with my family. If I’m having enough fun. If I’m enjoying my work, and if I’m making a difference. I feel like a man who’s been given a death sentence. I’m not kidding. Someone asks me to spend an hour doing something stupid and I resent it. That’s an hour I won’t get back. What are you doing with the time you have?

From You are dying, and your world is a lie (free ebook)

My new book: Content marketing

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Starting from today my new book is available to buy on Amazon and everywhere in Italy. It’s in Italian only, sorry folks. As You can see from the title this is a book about content marketing or how to promote Your business leveraging the power of good online contents.

Contents are: articles, videos, pictures, infographics, tweets, ebooks and more.

Writing a book is always a challenge. You have to deal with a deadline and You have to do Your job at the same time or at least You can’t disappear just writing it. I would like to but being an author of business books in Italy is not enough to make a living from it.

This is also my 10th book published by Hoepli. We started working together in 2008 and I published my first book with them in 2009, Facebook for business. At the time it was quite revolutionary.

To celebrate (i am kidding!) I am going for 3 weeks in New York City from next week. I will not just enjoy my friends and the city but I will work on two books this time, a new challenge and a new series in the Italian For Dummies collection.

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Uncluttering Your books collection

What follows has been in draft for 2 years but it could still be useful so I am going to publish it. My digital collection has now “only” 2250 ebooks and I gave away many more paper books in this time frame.

I am not alone thinking about how to make my books collection live again. I love books, paper or digital, don’t get me wrong, but I am not attached to any object neither books. Last week I deleted nearly 5000 ebooks from my collection, crap, duplicates and books I’ll never read so now I have more than 6500 ones.

My books collection (in paper) is not so big but, since a couple of years, I decided “one in, ine out”. I still have some space but I don’t like to collect books I’ll never read or to keep books I would like other people could read. For these reasons I like to donate my read books to friends and to the local library. 95% of the times You’ll not read them again and they’ll not be of any reference, especially technical books or internet related books so… why should I keep them?

Becoming minimalist has also some useful tips if You are not still convinced it’s a good thing.