How Jogging Can Change Your Life 73

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Start jogging every morning and your world will change.

Hundreds of articles, blogs, books and other sources of information have been discussing this activity – it is so simple and easy to do, we all know its power and influence on both our physical and mental condition, and yet we tend to avoid doing it.

How come?

Yesterday, as it was the first warm day of spring, I went jogging.

Had been planning to do it for a long time, but it happened just yesterday when the combination of circumstances was perfect. It’s not that I gave up on sports during the winter season – I was going to the gym (almost) regularly  – but jogging is completely another thing.

There is one story about Muhammad Ali that I won’t forget.
It is a little violent because it describes the second time that he’s beaten someone outside the ring but, nevertheless, I find it very inspirational.

Here it is in a few words:

One day, while doing his daily jogging, he passed by a local cafe, where some men were always gathering. The Young Ali was planning to win the Olympic Games in Rome that year, so his motivation was at its highest level.

While running, he was saying out loud to himself “I will become a World Champion” over and over again.

One of those local men, however, found that very irritating. That’s why when on the next morning he saw Ali doing his cross, he came out of nowhere and punched him in the face.
Ali got out of control and hit him a few times.

When on the next day that man saw the young man running, he said to him: “Good morning, Champion!”

You don’t have to be a world champion to find out how truly magical jogging is. After making it a habit of yours in the long term, you will be a few steps closer to success.

Why make jogging a permanent part of your daily life?

  • It’s the best cardio;
  • Helps to lose weight ;
  • Strengthens the cardiovascular system;
  • Reduces blood pressure;
  • Helps respiratory system;
  • You get stronger;
  • You sleep better;
  • Strengthens bones;
  • Helps you build muscles;
  • Less stress;
  • Boosts immune system;
  • Builds discipline;
  • Improves mood;
  • Fights depression;
  • Clears the mind;
  • You become focused;
  • Builds character and will;
  • It’s an anger therapy;
  • Helps digestion.

As you can see, it improves every other aspect of our lives.

It helps inner health, fights diseases, makes you look and feel better, has influence on your mental health and takes you further in your personal development.

Not by chance do all successful people do it every morning.

And if you want to make the most of it, you will do it in the early hours of the day – maybe as a part of your morning routine – and in the nature.
Because being in the park, among trees, running along the forest path, will help you feel harmony, balance and, suddenly, you will make a deeper connection with your inner self.

I’d love to hear your experience with jogging in the comments below. And if you don’t have any, are you going to make it a habit of yours?

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 26

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.