Are You Truly Living Out Your Potential? 43

Are You Truly Living Out Your Potential? - Jon Eborn

This is a guest post by Jon Eborn.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

I don’t think the majority of humanity understands the potential that we have individually and corporately. I think that a good many settle for status quo or give up on progression when the going gets tough. I think it is a shame, because we have so much untapped potential and if we could just tap into it, we’d be able to feel much more fulfilled and joyful.

[tweetthis]The comfort zone is nice and comfy, but eventually is causes boredom, frustration, and even heartbreak. [/tweetthis]

I’ve talked to various people who feel like they’ve settled for one reason or another and they feel the nagging ache of something missing in their lives. They want more, they want to discover their passion and purpose and maximize their potential, but they don’t. They stay comfortably numb in their comfort zone, because that’s what most other people do. To go against popularity is risky and raises eyebrows and some people don’t want to face that.

Do you want to discover your passion and purpose but don’t know how?

I dare you to face it. I dare you to take a good, long, hard look at your life right now and determine if you’ve settled for status quo or not.

Do you have dreams that you’ve locked away tight in the corner of your heart? Do you want more but settle for less? Do you allow fear to control you?

I’m not writing blindly here. I have settled in my life on different levels. I settled in relationships I was not happy in, in jobs that were VERY unfulfilling, in a framework of mind that was slowly suffocating my spirit. I would rack my brain trying to discover my purpose and passion in life and come up with zilch.

All I did know for sure was that I was not living a life that I truly felt fulfilled with and I also felt like I was living a life to please everyone else but me.

Needless-to-say, I reached a point where I’d had enough. I wanted more. I wanted to discover my passion and go against the status quo. I wanted to do what made me happy- whatever that was.

I began making little changes here and there. I discovered my primary passion was to inspire, encourage, and challenge others so I began pursuing that avenue with the intention to love what I was doing and allow everything else to fall into place. I am so glad it is!

Have you discovered your passion? Do you feel stuck, frustrated, tired, and lost? Have you settled for the status quo or the comfort zone? Did you think your life would turn out way different than it has?

If so, it’s time to begin a new journey on a different path. You don’t have to stay on a path that you are not happy with. What makes you think you have to? Fear? Tell it to kiss off. Circumstances? Do what you can to change them. You can find solutions to many of your issues. You can discover your purpose and passion with some time, effort, and some awesome resources.

The first step is to make a firm commitment to doing things different.

If you do the same things you’ve been doing, not much will change. You may even have to make RADICAL changes in order to veer off the path you are on. Don’t fear! Get excited about maximizing your potential!

Make the commitment and stir yourself up with coaching, excellent books and resources. These will help you discover your passions and purpose in life. Get excited about change. Get geared up for new discoveries about yourself, a new path, finding your purpose, and doing what you love.

Dream big. Push through fear. Envision the life you want.
You can live up to your potential and be happy while doing it.
Discover you.
– Jon Eborn

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.