Jack’d Up Morning = Jack’d Up Day – Importance of a Routine

Before I was an entrepreneur, the beginning of my day was based on what someone else needed me to do.  I had a large geographical area to cover and a ton of obligations, so I could be making a 200+ mile trip one way some days or sitting in traffic for an hour to go to my office.  Therefore, my mornings were as inconsistent as they could possibly be.  Some days I would wake up and have breakfast.  Some days, I would rush through a shower and go running out the door to meet a deadline.  There was never any consistency.

It wasn’t until I had my own business and could set my own hours that I realized how important a morning routine was to my health both physically and mentally.

My morning routine consists of 4 major things;

  • #1 is some coffee with some type of substance.  I have been making shakes with 100% grass fed protein powder by Promix.  I like it because whey protein and cocoa powder are the only 2 ingredients so it does not have added sugars for flavor.  It can be an acquired taste, but is not too bad.
  • #2 is my journal.  Writing things down is key for clarity for me.  My journal includes 5 things –
    • Quotes and Notes – this section is just a place to write down anything on my mind along with something that I have seen over the past 24 hours that stuck with me.
    • Grateful For… – my personality is such that I am constantly pushing and looking for opportunities to improve, which keeps me focused on negatives.  This part of the journal helps me reflect on the positive things in my life.  It works better for me to put small things that have happened recently like conversations with my 3 year old boy, or special time spent with my wife.
    • Short-Term Goals and Objectives – I’ve found writing down my goals every day to be extremely effective at keeping me on track.  I probably have one of the worst cases of ADD and can easily get sidetracked.  Short term goals are things that I want to accomplish within around a 90 day period.  I am usually very specific here and if I have a little flexibility in the morning I may put bullet points under each one to remind myself how I plan to get from A-B.
    • Long-Term Goals and Objectives – These are my 1 – 5 year goals and are done in the same context as the short-term goals.  These can be more vague, but the how to get from A-B is very important here.
    • Personal Health and Fitness – It works better for me to keep my personal health and fitness goals in it’s own category because I think it is one of the most important things to track progress on.
  • #3 is some type of physical activity.  For a long time after I became and entrepreneur, I walked to work (my office is 1.2 miles from my house) and back every day.  I still will walk a couple of miles from my office to Starbucks in the mornings (tea this time instead of coffee) just for the exercise.  3 days or so per week, I will walk to my gym (which is right next to Starbucks) and get a workout in.  Nothing kicks my day off better than a good workout.
  • #4 is meditation.  I try to meditate for at least 10 minutes every day to clear my mind.  This is probably the 1 thing that I am not as consistent about and would like to improve on because it is amazing what 10 minutes of pausing the mind-madness can do to help you through the day.

I know this routine probably will not work for everyone, especially if you are in a situation like I was prior to having my own company.  Anything you can do to start your day off better will put you miles ahead of your previous self and others.  A solid start to the day, leads to a more productive (work smarter, not harder) environment.

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How to Fear Less: Vince Vaughn — The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

“Fear is more crippling than the actual consequences.” – Vince Vaughn Vince Vaughn (@WildWest) is one of the most prolific actors, writers, and producers in the world. He’s acted in more than thirty major motion pictures that have gone on to gross more than 1.7 billion at the box office. He is largely credited for…

via How to Fear Less: Vince Vaughn — The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

Time for change

My dream is to take an ever evolving journey in life, and to avoid the norm. It is to constantly see and do and learn. In my attempt at doing so, I want to share my experiences so that others can take the pieces that can better their lives and learn where to apply them.

Early in life, I took a path that was not what I dreamt about. It took me in a very unexpected direction. You see, I went to college to be a stock broker or financial advisor. Yet, I found a job in retail where I continued to grow and progress along with the company I worked for.  For 13 years of my life, which was the majority of my adult life, I knew nothing other than my career in retail. Money was good, but over time as the company became larger, the environment changed along with it. Most people who have worked in retail will understand, especially working for a publicly traded company, that profit is king. So much so that the people who are the heart and soul of the business become no less than a number.

Eventually, the stress, pressure, and inability to treat my team of people the way I felt they should be treated got to me and I left the company in late 2015.   I had recently married, and had a kid. Nothing changes your perception on your time more than trying to balance things to ensure that your wife and child will get their fair share of your attention.

I then set out on a journey to become an entrepreneur. Being that I am a little ADD and impatient, I ended up involved in 2 businesses, but my desire to do more still haunts me. I want to have a startup. I want to write and share things that I learn or have learned along the way.

Since I left my job and became an entrepreneur, so much has changed for the positive. I have learned to value my time more, and taken better care of my physical and mental self. I have lost 55 lbs. I get to spend quality time with my family without being consumed by never ending emails, phone calls, or just stress about things going on in the workplace. Don’t get me wrong, there are days owning my own business that are challenging, but the rewards and flexibility more than outweigh the challenges.

Life Short is my avenue to share things I experience. Life is too short to waste on doing what society expects you to do. Time goes by too fast not to live out the passions that you hold inside.  I hope that I can make a positive difference in other people’s lives by sharing the challenges and exciting things I experience on my journey to fulfillment.