Prepping for Success
“Motivation gets you started. Habit keeps you going”- Jim Rohn
OK dudes – some of this post will seem self-explanatory, but it’s definitely something I want to touch on with you because these basics lead to a lot of other topics we’ll be covering. I know it’s only the second post in, but I’m not one for easing into things, so let’s get to it.
Prepping for success begins with getting your day off to a good start. I know everyone’s schedule is different, but here are some things to live by: wake up early, work out, eat clean, and read…read about stuff that interests you, or maybe gets you better at your craft, or just updates you on current events…then read some more…and then read about what you read.
Attack the friggin’ day.
Let’s start with waking up early. I love the amount of time being up early affords me throughout the day. And if you have trouble getting up, don’t worry – you can train your body to get there…and you should try because it has a ton of benefits. Early rising is correlated with a bunch of great things like being more productive, getting better grades (if you’re still in school), planning / organizing, better problem solving skills, goal-setting, and improving quality of sleep and overall mental health. Should I go on? Get up and get after it! Find out what works for you…personally, I use the alarm on my phone and put it across my room so it forces me to get out of bed. As Steve Weatherford would put it – I don’t like WAKING up early, but I love BEING up early. BTW if you don’t follow him on Instagram – do it for some awesome motivation. | @steveweatherford5
Next up: Fitness. No matter how you schedule your life, I recommended working out 3-6 days a week and never go 3 days in a row without any type of physical activity. For some people that might be lifting at the gym or doing cardio, for others it might be a yoga class or a bike ride. Whatever your fix is and schedule allows for…make time for it. I won’t bore you with all the benefits, but among my favorites: increases endorphin levels (happiness), reduces stress, builds self-confidence…and boosts testosterone levels……….yeah.
In my experience, if you’re disciplined with a workout / fitness routine, you’ll naturally be better at sticking to a nutritious diet. And let’s knock the stereotype out – diet doesn’t ONLY mean losing weight. Some diets are meant to do just that while others are geared for different goals in mind. Find out which ones are meant for yours. Whether you want to burn fat, gain weight, build lean muscle, or just look for a way to incorporate some healthy staples into your diet – write it down somewhere so it’s always visible and helps you stay the course (I keep mine on the fridge and in a note on my phone).
Then comes reading. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been much of a reader. It actually used to put me to sleep all the time when I was back in school. I just didn’t enjoy it whatsoever, but over the past year or so I’ve learned how important it is. A lot of the world’s most successful people dedicate a significant amount of their time to reading. There’s some reports out there that Warren Buffet spends about 80% of his day reading. Now obviously most of us can’t afford doing that because we’re not billionaires, but read something every day. Money comes and goes…knowledge lasts forever. And what you choose to digest can come in many different forms – books, online publications, blogs, apps, the newspaper…find something that works for you and keeps your interest. For me, it’s my Business Insider and Entrepreneur Apps. They have everything from current events to personal finance, marketing, and small business sections – and a ton more. It definitely doesn’t put me to sleep!
Good daily habits are the formula for success. My personal advice? 3 is the magic number to get into full swing with your regimen. If you’re just starting out, go for 3 straight days and continue from there. If you already have a routine down that is working for you, that’s awesome keep it going! Just find ways to slightly tweak it every few weeks so you don’t get bored – keep the body guessing. Complacency kills.
Here’s what a typical day looks like for me on the fitness and nutrition front:
5:30AM: Wake up / Read / Drink some water
6:30AM: Gym (15 minutes cardio / 1 hour weight training)
7:45 – 8:00AM: Back Home / Protein Shake & Breakfast
Breakfast = 4 Eggs (3 whites, 1 full), Bowl of Oatmeal, Blueberries
10:30AM: Almonds & Peanut Butter
12:30 – 1:00PM Chicken & vegetables
3:00PM: Protein Shake
5:30PM: Oatmeal or yogurt with granola
7:30PM Dinner – usually some variation of chicken or salmon, vegetables, quinoa, chick peas, etc.
If you’d like me to go more in depth about any of these, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s to looking your best…until next post. Ciao!