For most of my adult life, I have never been one to wake up early. I worked in the restaurant business which didn’t mean 9-5. For me it meant, 11-11. 

So I never needed to get up early. That was one of the only things I liked about my job.

When I began working for myself, the habit of waking up late stayed with me. I didn’t like it though.

I always felt my mornings went by so quickly. I would get up around 9-10am. I’d do unproductive things and next thing I know it’s lunch time. The days just went by so fast.

I wanted to get up earlier so I’d have more time for myself. I didn’t want to waste my mornings.

That was easier said than done.

I tried setting my alarm earlier but all I’d do is immmediately turn it off. When I was able to get up earlier, I’d be so tired all day until I took a nap.

So I’d go back to my old ways and constantly complain about it to my wife.

Last year, I decided to finally do something about it. I was tired of hearing myself complain. I wanted to see what I need to do to wake up earlier and feel more awake when I did.

Six months later, I’ve been able to stick to a habit of waking up earlier. Now I wake up around 7am most days without an alarm clock. I don’t wake up and feel groggy all morning either.

In today’s podcast episode, I would like to share some practical steps that I have used that have helped me wake up earlier and feel more awake.

If you’ve been wanting to wake up earlier to have more free time in your day, you will enjoy this episode.

 

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I know you are interested in personal development. That’s why you are here, but what have you done with what you have learned?

Too many people fall into the trap of being fans of personal development, but they never do anything with what they learn.

All they do is consume content through articles, books, and podcasts.

Then they wonder why they’re still stuck in life.

It’s easy to hear advice that I share here at Get Busy Living. It’s harder to take that advice and apply it to your life. Knowledge isn’t enough.

You should have the attitude that you’re conducting experiements. You’re taking something you’ve learned and you’re going to try it for yourself. That’s the only way to know if it’ll work for you.

If that way doesn’t work, then find another way and experiment.

Just like there are countless ways to exercise and too many to name eating plans to lose weight. There are countless ways to improve your life. But what works for someone may not work for you.

That’s how you have to view personal development.

Find what works for you through experiementing.

 

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Finding motivation to consistently take action with ease would be a dream come true right? I’d love to be motivated every day, but I’m not. I’m human so there are day where I don’t want to do much but watch TV with my iPad on my lap.

It’s even harder to find the motivation to do anything when we’re tired from a long day at work. We aren’t happy in life. We wish for change, but with zero motivation, it’s hard to make any changes.

But there is a way to make changes and to get yourself to take action, and it does not rely on motivation.

Relying solely on motivation to take action is a horrible strategy. First of all motivation is a feeling. Just like all our feelings they come and go.

When we feel motivated, it’s a great feeling. We feel like we can do anything and we get started with laser focus. But a week or two later, we don’t have that motivation anymore. The feeling of excitement is gone.

That’s why new year’s resolutions end so quickly. That intial motivation is there and we have good intentions to stick with it, but up till that point we’ve been only relying on motivation to get us to do what we need to do.

It’s like anything we decide we’re going to do. We start off excited about it, but quickly lose interest and completely stop.

In this epsiode, I talk about how I found the motvation to make changes in my life despite feeling stuck, working at a job I dreaded, and having no idea what I else I wanted to do in my life.

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If I asked you what you truly wanted in life, you’d likely say to be happy. Plain and simple.

All our lives, we have been led to believe that there is a formula for success, and that happiness is the reward.

For half of my 20’s and into my early 30’s, all I wanted was to be happy. I wanted a job I loved. I wanted to be happy when I woke up and when I went to bed.

I thought happiness would ultimately come when I could quit my job. So I tried to figure out a new career path or find a job that interested me or make money online. If I could just get the result I wanted, then I would finally be happy. 

It never happened. I never found the answer. I never got the result I wanted and therefore I never was happy.

I didn’t know at the time, but I had it all backwards.

In today’s podcast episode, I talk about what finally got me unstuck in life and how I was able to achieves success by first finding happiness within me.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  1. The reasons why I failed at getting unstuck in life and having success.
  2. Why happiness has to come first in order to have success.
  3. How positivity and optimism affects and improves our quality of life.
  4. Ways to create a positive mindset.

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Life has been, many times over, compared to a roller coaster ride; it has its ups and downs. We experience happy moments and we relish those moments. We experience disappointments and then we wallow in negativity. Unfortunately, we tend to experience more of life’s downward spiral than the glorious highs; and oftentimes, we get stuck.

When things were not ideally what I want them to be, I easily slipped into the blame game and blamed everything and everyone else–but myself. There was a point in my life that

I became a very negative person. I complained a lot and naively believe that I wasn’t at fault. I was stuck in a vicious cycle of negativity and of feeling hopeless.

One day, I realized that if I were truly to become a better person, I needed to get to the real root of the problem: me. What I needed to see was that everything that happens to me was largely a result of my choices.

In today’s podcast episode, I tackled a question by one member of our get busy living community about the obstacles I faced when I was stuck. I do feel that it is fitting that we address the question as we each have our own episodes of feeling stuck and wasting away.

Learn:

  • The obstacles that prevent us from being the person we always want to be.
  • Take responsibility of your choices and your life.
  • Adopt habits that will set yourself up for success.
  • Expand your horizon by opening up to possibilities.
  • The importance of consistency in experiencing meaningful and lasting change.

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I’m currently in Taipei, Taiwan for our annual trip back here. My wife is from here. We met here when I lived here for a short time. Being here always brings back great memories from 2007-2008.

It was nine years ago this month that I made a decision to move here. I was at a point in my life where I needed to get away from my job and my problems. I thought by going as far away as possible that I’d figure out what I wanted to do with my life.

After two years of living here, I didn’t figure out what to do with my life, but life changed dramatically for me.

I experienced so many pivotal moments because I stepped out of my comfort zone. I didn’t just take a tiny step out of my comfort zone. In some instances, I took a huge leap. I did things I thought I would hate but ended up really enjoying it.

In today’s episode, I share what those moments and how each one was a step towards changing my life for the better.

 

 

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