There are no shortcuts and it is not a magic trick. Here are 5 powerful rituals that Robin suggests you should incorporate into your life starting today in case you have been questioning How To Be Successful and Happy?
1. The Ritual Of Early Rising
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The idea behind this is to get a head start while the rest of the world is still sleeping. By the time that they get up, you would have already kick started your day!
The more important question however is how to spend these early morning hours to really make a big impact on your day? Robin suggests to at least incorporate these two things.
(i) Firstly, you need to sweat. Hit the gym. Go for a run. Or simply do a few body-weight exercises in your room to get the heart rate up and get yourself sweating.
The benefits of an early morning exercise routine are not only limited to maintaining a good physical shape. It can repair brain cells from stress (via a protein released in the brain called brain-like neurotrophic factor or BLNF), and boost your metabolic rate to give you the energy you need to take on the challenges of the day.
“He who sweats more in training, bleeds less in battle.” —Spartan Warrior Creed
(ii) Secondly, take the time to journal. It’s a simple yet powerful exercise that helps with self reflection to get a crystal clear view of your values, your goals, and your soul’s deepest calling. To quote Robin, “awareness is the beginning of transformation.” Details here: https://reasonstolivefor.com/3-good-things/
2. The Ritual Of Strategic Time-Blocking
We are all looking for ways to be more productive with our time. The idea of strategic time-blocking can really help us to boost productivity.
The idea is simple. Before the week even starts, you need to set a time for each activity along with a deadline.
This is so much more than your typical “to-do list” because you are consciously committing to a specific time to start a task, and a specific duration of time to complete it.
Need to have a zoom meeting with your team at work? Schedule a time-block.
Planning to spend some time alone for more creative projects? Schedule a time-block.
Want to catch up with an old friend? Schedule a time-block.
The idea is to be as detailed as possible, and to do this for every day of the week. By the end of the exercise, you’ll have what Robin calls a “blueprint for a beautiful week.”
“The things that you schedule are the things that get done.”– Robin Sharma
Do not limit time-blocking to just work-related activities. Apply this idea to every part of your life. It can be dedicated time for a movie night out with friends. Or quality time with your family. Or even some alone time in quiet solitude for self reflection.
3. The Ritual Of Over-Delivering
We live in a society where “going the extra mile” seems to be such a rare occurrence.
Whether you’re at your favorite restaurant or at a clothing store or doing business with any organization, you’ll usually get a level of service that is expected. But rarely ever more.
And although this may not seem like a positive thing, it actually is. This is what it takes to stand out from the crowd, to break through the clutter. And it’s the one thing most people aren’t doing — Over-delivering.
“You have a gorgeous opportunity to lead the field in everything that you do by doing one thing: practicing every single day the ritual of over-delivering.”— Robin Sharma
Don’t just give your customers what they want; give them 10x more than what they expect. Don’t just give your boss what they are expecting — Instead, show something that is so rare in today’s economy, initiative.
It is when you start over-delivering consistently, you’ll soon become indispensable to your company.
4. The Ritual Of Continuous Learning (Becoming A 60-Minute Student)
Details here: https://reasonstolivefor.com/60-minute-rule/
Bill Gates is famously known to read 50 books every single year. It’s a trait that many of the world’s super-performers share and an accurate predictor of your potential success.
However, do not limit yourself to just reading if you want to learn. Audio-books, podcasts, online courses, conferences and even the practice of journaling can be a powerful method to acquire new knowledge.
“Education is inoculation against disruption… As you know more, you can achieve more.”— Robin Sharma
The next step is commitment. Regardless of what is going in your life and no matter how busy you are, you must commit to at least 60-minutes a day to learning. And be sure to time-block into your schedule weekly schedule.
5. The Ritual Of Private Reflection
The final ritual Robin suggests we start bringing in into our lives that will greatly impact your future success is as simple as it is powerful. And it is the idea of private reflection.
Conclusion on How To Be Successful and Happy
Today, it is so easy to get lost in all the noise that we stop questioning about the things that actually matter
- What’s going on in your life at this moment?
- How are you doing professionally?
- Are you practicing what you preach?
- How do you want to remembered when you leave this world?
- What sort of impact do you want to create?
When you start integrating these rituals into your daily life, soon you will notice a completely new lifestyle. One that is not common these days and one that will set you apart from the majority!
This article has also been published as a guest post on Pointless Overthinking: https://pointlessoverthinking.com/2020/06/27/how-to-be-successful-and-happy/
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