This story starts in December of 2015, when I was in Grunwettersbach, Germany. I was there to learn and play table tennis. Around the last month of the year, I came across a couple of science videos on YouTube which took me to start my own YouTube channel on education.
It was cold during those days outside, we had a small amount of snow, and a bit of rain. I did not want to go out to the city and buy the YouTube stuff, so as I am addicted to Amazon, I ordered a tablet and a microphone from Amazon.de and got started making these educational videos on physics and science.
Well, I came back to India, and had this idea in my mind to start consulting and teaching people whatever we were strong in. This idea was an extension of what I was doing with that YouTube channel. But I had no clue about business, had a small idea of what an entrepreneur means.
Anyways, I have this habit of first starting and then learning, Ready, Fire and Aim. So, I started a website and the whole idea with two other guys. Fast forward a couple months, it was already a flop.
However, since I wanted to learn about business, I got this book called Rich Dad Poor Dad, and I stumbled across many great ideas in this very book.
From here, when I searched for the writer, Robert Kiyosaki on YouTube, I came across Grant Cardone in a related video. I completely resonated with Grant, the methodology of life and success he had.
I immersed myself in his material, and his first commandment was, in order to be a success, you have to work on your mindset consistently. That got me started with reading tons of books and absorbing as much as I could.
In a few months, I had written a book on psychology and mindset, a lot of it reflecting from my old days in Denmark, with the leadership program and my table tennis sessions with our sports psychologist.
And then came the kicker, I talked to Grant Cardone himself, yes I was super excited. I got him to agree to let me work on his newest project(my name is still on his website 😉 ).
You say that is really cool, right? It totally is..!!
I did a video on my YouTube thanking him for the same, and a couple days later, my flatmate texts me and and asks me to go to Grant’s Facebook page. Grant had uploaded my video to 1 million of his fans.
I went crazy.
Anyways, that all got me started towards reading more books, applying the knowledge, and 10xing my life. So, here are the ways that I have learnt from people like Grant Cardone, Tim Ferriss, Istvan Moldovan, Lars Rokkjaer and many others.
Here we go with the list,
All of our days start with a morning, and having a morning routine has been the most helpful for me to improve my psychology, productivity and effectiveness throughout my day.
Having a morning routine has many benefits, with the most effective one being that it helps us start the day on our terms, rather than the messages, e-mails we get during the night. So, before I touch my phone, I do all of the following things.
In total it takes me about 15-20 minutes to finish my routine and get in the mindset to kill the day.
This makes my day not only go smoother, but also keeps me happy and cheerful throughout.
Make Your Bed
I first came across this tip in a podcast episode of Tim Ferriss. Initially I was skeptical on how just making my bed and arranging my pillows in the morning could help me be more productive.
However, when I tried this, within the first week I experienced why everyone is talking about it.
Making our bed right after when we wake up give us our early morning shot of dopamine and makes us feel accomplished right of the bat. Also, if my day does not go well, and I come home, and I come to a bedroom that is pretty, it is the most pleasing sight in the world.
So once again, even if my day goes like hell, and I accomplish practically nothing, I can reflect on to this, and know that I did accomplish something. The goal is to start your day in an active mode not a reactive mode.
Exercise And Meditation
Okay okay, I know what you are thinking. This Shivam guy has gone crazy.
I understand your feelings, I hate meditation too. I think it is one of the most boring things on this planet.
What do you say? You think it is boring too?
Yes totally it is, that’s why I do something fun.
Let’s start with exercise first.
I take 5 minutes to do some push ups, some squats and lunges.
That is all.
The aim is to wake up, not to build a massive body and get 8 pack abs.
Towards meditation, I meditate by listening to a song on repeat or a podcast on business.
Whaaaaattttt????? Podcast for meditation?
Are you crazy Shivam?
Short answer, yes I am.
Long answer, depends. Listening to a podcast or a song on repeat puts me in a positive frequency to conquer the day as it comes. Exactly what meditation is supposed to do.
This is again something I came across via Tim Ferriss and his book, Tools Of Titans which includes interviews and tips by the greatest and most successful people in the world.
It not only has insider tips from business people, but Olympians, artists, martial artists and people from all walks of life.
So you have to find what gets you in the zone. And then do it everyday.
I also used to use NLP to get into my flow state before table tennis matches.
You might wanna check out anchoring in NLP to get an idea of what it exactly is and how you can program your mind and body to perform better in about 10 seconds.
Yes, you heard it right.
All cool? Yes?
Alright, let’s move forward.
My to-do list and goals
The next thing that I do is I go over my goals and then I make the task list for the day. These tasks are decided on the 80/20 rule.
Only highly important tasks which make me more effective are the ones that go on this list. Rest, goes in the dustbin, to never escape from the trenches filled with tissue papers, old sandwich boxes and coca cola bottles.
Having this to-do list and going over my goals does two main things for me. First, it allows me to realize where I am with my progress towards the goals and the projects I am working on. Second, it makes me focus on the right tasks to move even further towards my goals.
I am a serious guy, and a nerd with my approach towards everything I do.
Are you a nerd?
What did you say? No?
C’mon, you are a nerd if you are reading this article to this point.
Yes I am going to to talk about my breakfast. And no I am not going to talk about all my meals.
The reasons I am talking about this is because these days I am trying intermittent fasting which has allowed me to focus more on the tasks and be more effective. My breakfast comprises of eggs and spinach and that is all.
This keeps me pseudo hungry, which allows me to focus better throughout the day, until I have my lunch.
The point with being strict with my health is simple.
I was watching a talk by Jay Abraham the other day and I realized a lot of us take our careers and business so seriously that we forget the only thing that allows us to perform at higher levels.
Sleeping properly, having good food, focusing on mindset is the key to success, period.
(We both are nerds, me and you (@_@))
Just imagine, if Warren Buffett gets sick for a day, he practically loses 10-12 million dollars or something.
Mindset, and health are the most important things.
One last thing I have learnt recently, it should be about fulfillment in the work we are doing much more than the end goal we have set for ourselves.
So, I know doing so much work is sometimes not good for the creativity. That is why I spend a lot of time reading new things. Reading books from my industry and other industries as well. It just helps me keep my brain loose.
A few other things I do to stay mentally stable are practice cardistry and card magic, drawing and I listen to music. These things help me stay in my sane mind.
The funny thing is, I am highly excited about marketing and business, yet I have to do all these things to stay cool.
Think of the millions of people who hate their job.
I so hope you are not one of those. Please do something you are curios about..!!!
One of the most important things that has been helping me do what I want, when I want is sleeping properly. The day I changed my sleep pattern from 4-5 hours a day to 7-8 hours a day, my productivity skyrocketed.
Not only that, I have been feeling better, and happier. With regards to sleep, I try and sleep in a completely dark room and keep it cool.
I get much better sleep in a cooler room.
Also, the best investment you can make, is in your bed. Great pillow, great bedding is going to change your life.
Just trust me on this, and try it out. Go buy a new pillow and great new silky smooth bed sheets.
Bed sheets that when you lie on them, give you chills down your spine. Bed sheets that stay a bit cold than the room temperature, are soft, and make you feel like you are being hugged.
Also, One of the best things I did in the past year was buying a memory foam mattress when I came to Boston. The best experience.
Are you still with me?
You say yes, alright then let’s go to the last one.
Don’t you get bored on me, we are almost done with this article.
Now, I read this book called “The One Thing” and it taught me the power of essentialism.
Before you make any assumptions, the one thing and essentialism does not mean we need to do only one thing. It means we have to do only those things which really matter. Here is where Pareto’s principle or 80/20 rule comes into play in our lives.
The way I am applying essentialism to my life and business is simple. I only do those things which bring me maximum results with minimal dose of effort. Also, if something gives me 95% of the results, I am cool with it.
I do not want to waste my mental energy into something that gives me only 5% return. After a certain point, the amount of results is marginal with increasing effort. That is the point I quit at. Simple.
Same goes with my decisions. There are only certain number of decisions we can make throughout the day and not feel tired. Ever wondered why you feel tired after you spend just 15 minutes thinking about what you will have for lunch?
Well, I have all this automated. Pre-decided meals save my mental energy from being wasted on really trivial things.
Yes yes, I do understand this is a lot of information at once. However, these are very small steps you can start taking in your life today itself.
These if paired together, can change your life in 3 days and you will see the difference.
Do let me know in the comments below on what you think about these and let’s have an amazing discussion..!!!