Why Mom was right about gratitude

Gratitude

Wake up and be grateful!

Did you have one of those moms who said you should be grateful for everything you have?

Did you roll your eyes at her when she said it?

Well, you should be grateful for having a mom like that.

Today, we’re talking about one of the mindfulness habits from 10-Minute Mindfulness: 71 Habits for Living in the Present Moment (affiliate link)

Awaken with gratitude

When you wake up each morning, what’s the first thought that enters your mind?

Is it “Ugh! I have to get ready to go to work”?

Or is it “I am so grateful for the sleep I got in this wonderful bed”?

If you develop the habit of waking with gratitude, you’re directing your thoughts away from negative emotions toward a more positive outlook on the day and your life.

The mindful habit of gratitude opens your eyes to “the large and small blessings we experience every day.”

This habit can also improve your health. Studies show it can increase happiness and reduce depression.

So, wake up and be grateful!

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Three ways mindfulness can improve your life

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Mindfulness habits can change your life in 10 minutes a day

Mindfulness habits are easy to work into your daily routine. And the physical and emotion benefits of these habits can change everything for you.

Let’s talk about three of the benefits from 10-Minute Mindfulness: 71 Habits for Living in the Present Moment (affiliate link).

  1. Improves memory, concentration, and performance – students who practice it perform better on tests than those who don’t
  2. Creates happier relationships – couples who practice mindfulness improve the happiness in their relationship.
  3. Improves sleep – a study shows people who practice mindfulness meditation sleep better.

The book lists seven more benefits.

The book also lists 71 mindfulness habits. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about one of them.

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Spend less than a buck and change your life

A buck

The best 99 cents you’ll ever spend

Are you tired, distracted, stressed out, unfocused, and having trouble sleeping?

Would you like to have more energy, be more alert, and get more done each day?

You can with the simple, daily practice of mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?

The psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training. – Wikipedia

Another way to say it is being fully in the moment – not replaying the past in your head or worrying about the future. You give your full attention and focus to right now.

Mindfulness to the rescue

The benefits can be life changing. You can be:

  • Happier
  • More creative
  • More productive
  • Successful

Would you be willing to part with 99 cents to find out how to practice mindfulness?

The book 10-Minute Mindfulness: 71 Habits for Living in the Present Moment (affiliate link) just came out a few days ago in paperback and for Kindle.

It’s a short book. You can read it in less than an hour. But don’t.

Take your time to “mindfully” experience the book – it is full of information that can make your life so much better.

I’m going to be talking more about this book for the next few days.

Stay tuned!

I promise, if you do what’s in the book, your life will never be the same!

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Are you laughing?

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Dr. Feelgood says “Open your mouth and say ‘Ha ha'”

It’s been proven: laughter is good for you.

Robin Dunbar, a researcher at the University of Oxford, found that laughter causes the brain to release endorphins – the “feel good” brain chemicals.

When we laugh, these endorphins give us a “buzz” and raise our ability to ignore pain.

I already knew this.

Years ago, I got the flu and was sick for months – from early December until March.

I would go to work every day even though I always had a headache, body aches, nausea, congestion, no appetite – I just felt awful.

I read a book by Norman Cousins, Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit (affiliate link) where he described watching comedies to relieve the pain of a chronic illness.

Desperate and willing to try anything, I rented and watched a ton of comedies.

Can you guess what happened?

When I laughed, the pain subsided – often for an hour or more. I felt better.

I got through the illness.

Laughter is good for the soul AND the body.

The researchers found that when you laugh with friends, it works even better.

Have you had a good laugh today?

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Get out…

Guitar solo

… of your own way!

Have you ever watched a talented guitarist perform an amazing solo?

Are they thinking about all the scales and exercises they’ve practiced over and over through the years?

Are they thinking about that cute girl in the front row?

Are they thinking about a record contract?

No. They’re listening to the music.

They’re feeling it. They’re part of it.

They just play.

When I play guitar, if I think about what I’m playing, it sounds forced and not musical. I’m not feeling the music. I’m getting in the way.

We all get in our own way sometimes.

And it’s holding us back – from creating, from doing, from achieving.

You’ve got to hear the music to play the music.

Daily meditation can help you clear your head so you can hear the music.

“When you’re thinkin’, you ain’t listenin’!” – me

Just play!

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Act now, think later

Ape scratching head

Hello, Mr. Thinker Man!

Last week, I was talking to a guy who had three ideas (“three great ideas”) for a podcast and couldn’t pick which one to launch. He was stuck.

He told me he has a tendency to overthink things.

My advice?

Act now. Think later.

I meet people like this all the time – people who want to start an online business, or podcast, or blog.

But, they never do because they get stuck thinking or planning.

I hear lots of excuses.

“I need to get a business license!”

Really? Then Google it and move on! Act now. Think later.

“I need to have business cards printed.”

Act now. Think later.

“I need to do a competitive analysis first.”

Act now. Think later.

The most successful businessperson I know doesn’t waste five minutes worrying about this stuff. When he gets an idea, he goes after it right away.

Did I mention he’s the most successful businessperson I know?

An ugly business you start today is better than that perfect business you never start.

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Stop interrupting yourself

Turn off your phone!

Checking his cell phone while working at his computer

During your work day, when you’re trying to get things done, how long can you go without checking your cell phone?

Some studies show that, on average, cell phone users in the U.S. check their phones at least 85 times per day. That means, they’re checking their phones every 11 or 12 minutes.

If you interrupt your own work that often, it is difficult – if not impossible – to perform focused work. After an interruption, it takes 15 to 25 minutes to get to a state of deep, focused work.

What you’re doing isn’t productive work – it’s distracted work.

No wonder you aren’t getting much done.

Why not put your cell phone away while you work? Maybe even turn it off.

You can set specific times during the day to check your phone: maybe once in the morning, at lunch, and once in the afternoon.

Do you really need to check out all those Facebook posts or answer every text right away?

Maybe this meditation thing can help you ignore your phone and stay focused on your work.

Why not try it and let me know how it’s going?

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Enjoy every sandwich

Warren Zevon

Sandwich

When you meditate, you learn to be in the moment which allows you to fully enjoy any experience if you choose to.

Back in 2002, the singer and songwriter Warren Zevon announced he had terminal cancer.

On his last appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, Letterman asked him how things had changed since the diagnosis.

“You put more value on every minute…You know I always kinda thought I did that. I really always enjoyed myself. But it’s more valuable now. You’re reminded to enjoy every sandwich and every minute.” – Warren Zevon

You can learn more about Zevon’s appearance on the show here:

http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/2010/10/warren-zevon-enjoy-every-sandwich.html

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Don’t be the invisible company

SEO for the successful entrepreneur

Successful entrepreneurs are more focused and productive than most people. They have to be.

One way to be more productive is to focus on one task at a time.

Today, the task I’m going to talk about is search engine optimization or SEO.

Good search

You want to market your product or services? Then people must be able to find you online.

A good search strategy helps you improve your visibility in organic or non-paid search. The higher you rank in search results, the more likely people are to visit your website.

SEO can be challenging, time-consuming, and expensive.

Since you’re the productive entrepreneur, you need a tool to get you the search results you want with a minimum of time and expense.

I found that tool! And it’s free!

It’s the Beginner’s Guide to SEO by Moz. Find out more about Moz here.

Don’t spend days and weeks trying to become an expert in search. You don’t have time for that – you’ve got a company to run.

Download the free guide so you can quickly get “on the road to professional quality Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.”

Maybe they should have called it “The Successful Entrepreneur’s Guide to Search”.

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Has your entrepreneurial journey stalled?

It can be too much

Overwhelmed dog
Trying to do too much at once?

Are you overwhelmed by everything you have to do to launch and promote an online business?

  • website
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Facebook Ads
  • Google Ads
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media
  • More, more, more!

Have you gotten stuck in first gear, trying to get some momentum with your business while you watch others succeed and pass you by?

You know you’re just as smart and willing to work just as hard as anyone else, but you aren’t going anywhere – or not going fast enough.

Maybe you’re giving it 110 percent – you’re making progress, but you’re wondering how long you can keep up that kind of pace?

You want to be successful, but you also want a life – and to have fun!

That’s what this show is about. It IS possible to succeed without working yourself to death. And you should enjoy the journey.

Meditation helps many entrepreneurs all over the world be more successful.

How do they do it? Meditation gives them a “super power”. They’ve learned how to give their focused attention to what matters and avoid distractions that waste their valuable time.

I do this show because I want you to enjoy that kind of success.

We’ll help you get unstuck – one day at at time – one show at a time.

One minute of motivation, five minutes of meditation.

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