"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." - Marcus Aurelius

Mega Morning Routines

Mornings can be enchanting times of hope, belief, optimism, and self-love. Or, they can be annoying, premature, and stiff. If you have any desire at all to have a good day, then you need to get your thoughts, decisions, and actions aligned the minute you open your eyes. To fire up the ol’ engine, it …

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"Destroy the idea that you have to be constantly working or grinding in order to be successful. Embrace the concept that rest, recovery, and reflection are essential parts of the progress towards a successful and happy life." - Zach Galifianakis

Resting Versus Idling

There’s a difference between resting and doing nothing. Rest is rejuvenating. It’s intentional downtime when your body and mind can do their housekeeping and regenerate. Idling is different. It’s waiting, maybe restlessly. It’s passing time, maybe while filling the mind with distractions. Not every single second of our lives needs to be super-duper intentional. But …

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"Someday your life will be over, no matter how much attention you give to your health. Will you look back with regret, because you nourished your body but starved your soul?" - Billy Graham

Balancing Food and Fun

Weekends, offices, celebrations, and vacations can be filled with laughs and adventure. And they are usually filled with food, too. But just because it’s a special occasion or break from your normal routine doesn’t mean you have to stray from your principles or goals. Likewise, just because you have stout principles and goals doesn’t mean …

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"Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find." - Ann Patchett

It’s Okay to Miss Out

We all get that “fear of missing out” sometimes. But it’s just part of our need for control. Yet, ironically, such fear weakens our control over ourselves, which is the only thing we have the power to control anyways. Next time that pesky fear creeps up on you, take a moment to acknowledge it and …

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"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes

When Your Dreams Are Hibernating

So long as you’re alive, your dreams are not dead. They may hibernate at times, but they still exist, and they’re still possible. Maybe now isn’t such an easy time. Maybe now you need to prioritize other people and more immediate events. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something towards your goals and dreams. …

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"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale

Prove to Yourself

You are capable of more than you allow yourself to believe. Everything you’ve ever heard, been told, seen, done, not done – it’s all been bounded. We don’t always mean to, but we tend to create boundaries around our capabilities and then live like we’re surrounded by a moat filled with lava. But that’s all …

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“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” - Walter Anderson

Action Is an Antidote for Anxiety

We worry, worry, worry. Then something happens, or nothing happens, or things happen differently than we thought. Then we worry some more. But worrying is not productive and doesn’t help alleviate the problem or change the future. If you can’t seem to get your thoughts in line and settle your nerves, try taking action. Not …

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I love life. I think it's fantastic. Sometimes it deals hard things, and when it deals great things, you have to seize them. - Sam Taylor-Johnson

Fall in Love with Your Life

Life gets weird and messy, and sometimes things don’t turn out the way we envision. But it’s still possible to be happy, and all those twists and turns can be a gifts. It just takes time to see it that way. Instead of harboring anger, resentment, or jealousy, it’s better take ownership over our lives …

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“Your mind can destroy your life! Mind your mind; think well! Detoxify your thought and be free!” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

If You Can’t Think Well, Don’t Think at All

Remember how your mother used to teach you, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”? The same can be said for thinking. Why harbor negative thoughts? self-deprecating thoughts? anxious, mean, or fearful thoughts? Those types of thoughts prevent us from being healthy and joyful. Therefore, if your thoughts aren’t aligned with …

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life." - Steve Jobs

Make Good Use of Time

We all have the same amount of time each day. And we all have a finite time here on Earth. Why not make the most of our minutes and fill our days with joyful activities, productive work, and tranquil reflection? Of course, not all days will feel joyful, not all work tasks will be productive, …

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