End-of-January Checkpoint

If you’ve been following these life lessons, then evaluate your progress by answering these questions truthfully. Don’t worry yourself if you’ve not had major achievements; appreciate even the smallest gains you have made.

Before we can get to the quiz, let me first give you a list of this month’s topics for you to quickly navigate through.

  1. Starting Now!
  2. Simple Tricks To Use In Order To Wake Up Early
  3. 5 Incredible Ways To Sleep Before 10 P.M.
  4. How you can successfully break the bad habits
  5. 9 Simple Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever

Now, let’s get right to it, shall we?

  1. What have you learnt in this first month of 2018?
  2. How far are you, in terms of implementing these weekly topics? Are you struggling and need some extra assistance? No problem. Just drop a comment or email me directly at danmblog@gmail.com and I’ll be more than glad to help you.
  3. What topic would like me to tackle and discuss on this blog?
  4. How are you finding these topics?
  5. How would you like them to improve?
  6. Is the content in this blog helpful?

Help me help YOU by answering these queries by dropping a comment in the comments section.

Are you struggling and need some extra assistance? No problem. Just drop a comment or email me directly at danmblog@gmail.com and I’ll be more than glad to help you.

As you start on a new month tomorrow (the month of love), may you celebrate the little achievements as you forge to accomplish bigger ones.

Happy February!

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9 Simple Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever

If you’re on a ledge and you’re thinking of how you can change your life for good, then read this.

Questions are the most effective way to evaluate whether we’re still on the right track or we’ve veered off a bit. By asking ourselves some questions, we set our minds to look for answers and this, in turn, alters our old thought patterns and opens up new opportunities and possibilities.

Asking questions is the only apt way of liberating of our minds from limited thought patterns. However, not all questions are good at doing this. In fact, many people fall victim to asking themselves the wrong questions.

So, what are the right questions?

Don’t worry! I got your back. Here’s a full list of the top simple question that will change your life.

  1. What can I do now to improve?

This kind of question can be applied in any aspect of life. By asking this simple but powerful query, you’re informing your brain that you need to do something so that you can achieve your goal. This can have a powerful effect on your mood.

  1. What lessons did I learn from this/today?

Every single day before I turn in for the night, I always ask myself this question. Over the past few months, I have realised that, I am no longer regretting about my past mistakes instead I’m picking up lessons from every experience am going through.

Regret is a poison to motivation. In place of it, you should strive to take advantage of every shortcoming by acquiring lessons from them.

As much as experience is the best teacher, purpose also to learn from other people’s experiences. Don’t wait for you to go through the same unfortunate fate that your colleague went through yet you can avert it by changing some things up.

  1. What am I thankful for?

Gratitude is so important in changing your life (I’ll discuss it in more detail in the subsequent posts). Such an easy question as this will help you be appreciative of the progress you’ve made so far; no matter how small they may seem. In turn, you’re motivated to work even harder to achieve your goals.

When you become aware of how blessed you’re, miracles start to happen. Always be grateful!

  1. What kind of life am I living?

What kind of lifestyle are you having? Is it healthy, in terms of, relationships, friends, family, work, spiritual, health and sex? Is it in line with your values and principles?

Answers to these questions may help you discover a lot.

  1. What does the future hold for me, in 5, 10 years’ time?

Our lives should be intentional. Therefore, you should have a plan of where you want to be in the next 2 months, 1 year, 5 years or even decade. By having an idea of the future, you’ll purpose to work in order to get there.

5 years may seem a long time to many people but it’s actually not. Failing to plan is planning to fail and in 5 years’ time you’ll look back and wish you’d started.

Furthermore, ask yourself, “If I continue heading in this direction, will I get there?”

  1. What difficulty am I dealing with?

We all experience problems daily. We often get it wrong when dealing with them for the simple reason of not exactly pinpointing what the issue is. For example, if an alcoholic started taking drugs due to loneliness. Then they try to throw aside their drinking habits by steering clear of clubs and bars completely, chances are they won’t succeed in their quest. Why? Because they should be dealing with loneliness instead of alcoholism.

Make a point of precisely knowing what you’re solving.

  1. Can I get help?

No man is an island. We all need one another in one way or another. If a problem is too big for you to deal with, consider asking for help from – a friend, co-worker or even a relative.

In short, don’t struggle with everything and try to figure them out all. There’s always a helping hand out there.

  1. What is the opportunity in this?

Every life experience presents with it an opportunity. Even the most difficult situation has an opportunity; you just have to figure out what the opportunity is.

Seeing every issue in life as a window of opportunity will set you apart from the rest and help you perceive new possibilities to be explored. Again, no matter the situation!

  1. What company I am in? What influence is it having on me?

Bad company ruins good morals. Who are in your circle? If you identify that the influence they have on you is negative, consider changing that by surrounding yourself with like-minded people and dreamers.

Conclusion

Questions are an effectual way to get back on track whenever you’re off the path. It only takes putting the right questions to change your life.

Try out the questions above and you’ll be glad you did!

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What question stood out more for you? What questions have you been asking yourself before? Were they efficacious?

Your thoughts and comments are highly appreciated.

How you can successfully break the bad habits

Are you fed up of relapsing back into bad habits and want to get rid of them as soon as now? Read this.

We all struggling with different habits that we are more than willing to throw aside. And this is informed because such habits jeopardize our lives in many ways – our health, productivity, attention, time and overwhelms us with stress. These behaviours range with severity –knuckle cracking or nail biting is more innocuous as compared to drinking and smoking whose effects are detrimental on our health—all in all, they all are bad habits!

For one to cure bad habits, they must first identify the cause of it. For example, if one is addicted to drinking, the cause of it would be: bad company (peer pressure), stress or boredom etc. Being aware is the very first step in breaking the bad habits, then, you can develop strategies to counteract the habits.

Below are 7 easy ways to break the bad habits.

  1. Awareness

Admitting that you need to get rid of an unpleasant behaviour is the crucial first step. A lot of people make the common mistake of not accepting it; they try to push it back. Unfortunately, just as expected, they never change but remain struggling with the addiction. This later morphs into depression and feelings of loneliness and ultimately morbid thoughts begin taking better part of them. Shortly after they commit suicide, how unfortunate! It’s truly a vicious cycle.

Never live in denial. Accept it and try changing things for the better. You can further go ahead and put the bad habits into writing so that it really sinks in.

  1. Find a replacement

Getting rid of any kind of behaviour creates a kind of space that needs to be filled by another, if you don’t replace it; chances of relapsing to the same undesired behaviour are convincingly high. For example, if you’re a chronic couch potato, you can do something interesting like, riding a bike, going for a walk with friends etc.

Always choose a substitute for your bad habit that appropriately meets the need that was otherwise met by the unpleasant habit (being a couch potato met the need of boredom equally going for a walk with friend will eliminate boredom thus making ‘taking a walk’ a viable substitute).

  1. Avoiding trigger situations

Taking cognizance of our somewhat weak willpowers, keeping triggers at arm’s length is shrewd. As much as the triggers are within our reach, it proves difficult to throw aside the bad habits. For example, if you are checking your weight and are on a diet, you need throw out all the fatty and oily foods from your house lest you are tempted to eat it.

It’s normal to feel tempted but you should consciously steer clear of all the tempting situations. By doing so, you avert the chances of going back to your previous undesired behaviour.

  1. Visualize

They say, “A man without a vision for his future always returns to his past.” In spirit of this wise quote, anybody suffering from a bad habit should visualize themselves conquering tempting situations. This helps prepare them mentally and during such temptations, they are able to triumph over them.

  1. Being accountable

Sometimes being solely accountable to ourselves doesn’t work. And bringing in a second party could help a lot. This kind of support could be – a friend, colleague, co-worker or even a relative. They hold your feet to fire and this is helpful.

Chances of abandoning bad characters are high when you know that somebody is watching you and expects something from you.

  1. Company

Who are your friends?

A famous quote goes: “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.” And yet another says, “Bad Company ruins good morals”

If the bad trait you have is as a result of the current company you’re in, then for you to successful break the bad habit, you need to put the company aside as well or else you may never come out of the habit.

Purpose to surround yourself with people already living the life you want to live and learn from them.

  1. Reward yourself for every milestone made

You may not have made huge progress within a short time but appreciating the little gains you’re making motivates you to even make more significant milestones.

Rewarding yourself doesn’t have to be sophisticated; a simple pat on the back will suffice.

Final thoughts

“Where there is a will, there’s a way” If you stay committed, determined and self-disciplined you’re going to drop the unwanted habit.

Of course, you might not have success right away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have it at all.

How do you cope with bad habits? Share your thoughts.

5 Incredible Ways To Sleep Before 10 P.M.

Last week’s discussion centred on waking up early. It’s important to note that for you to wake up early you have to sleep early, but how?

Sleeping early can be tricky especially in this age of technology. It’s commonplace for people to check their phones before going to bed and before they realise it, it’s past midnight! Yet the next morning they have tons of work to do. If you experience this, I got your back! Read these simple, actionable tricks and sleep insomnia or going to bed late will be a thing of the past.

Quick fact: Did you know that sleeping late damages your brain!

Let’s roll right in, shall we?

  1. Avoid Electronic Devices

This is a very notorious contributor to sleeping late and therefore you should deal with it ruthlessly. Most people unfortunately use their gadgets, after which, they head straight to bed. A major disaster! Technically, electronic machines – cell phones, TV and laptops – produce a blue light that is culpable for disrupting your body’s inclination to sleep. In the end, you find yourself spending hours on the bed without falling asleep, sound familiar?

Eliminate gadgets two hours or so before sleeping at all cost. This informs the body that it’s time to turn in. For example, if you want to want to sleep at 10 p.m., don’t check the phone past 9 p.m.

  1. Diet

Food taken at night also affects your sleep at night. Supper should be taken early enough before going to sleep, say 8:00 p.m. as the latest.

Meals taken at night should be light. Light food will also affect how you wake up. Heavy food tends to make you much more groggy, weak and bad-tempered when waking up than a person who partook of a lighter meal the night before.

Meals like spaghetti, rice, fruits and veggies work perfectly. Avoid ugali for supper!

Important fact: Any meal consumed after 8 p.m. every day is equally a poison to your body!

  1. Sleep earlier

Most people go to bed at exactly their scheduled bedtime and this, most of the time, proves ineffective, why?

Before someone sleeps, his thoughts often reflect on different things, maybe how the day has been or the next day’s goals etc. By going early to bed, you’re providing enough time for sleep without eating into your sleeping time (should be at least 6 hours). Practising to go to bed an hour before your normal bedtime is prudent. By the time it clocks that time, you’re fast asleep.

  1. Bedroom environment

Your bedroom should be designed to an appropriate sleep environment.

What, then, is an ideal sleep environment?

  • Quiet and no distractions. If your sleeping place is by a noisy structure like a club, you will find it difficult to get asleep…unfortunately you don’t have an option here other than to move to another place. In family situations, everybody should go to sleep at the same time so that all the devices (such as radios and TVs) are switched off.
  • The room should be absolutely tidy. The bedding (pillow, sheets, pillowcases, bed covers) should be utterly clean. The temperatures and atmosphere of the room should be just right.

On the contrary, stuffy and untidy rooms affect your sleep negatively.

  1. Avoid beverages.

Some beverages have stimulating effects on the body and therefore it may prove hard to sleep. Some of these include: caffeine, caffeinated products and alcohol. Though not a drink, cigarettes, are also notorious in causing sleep insomnia.

Avoiding coffee and tea for at least 3 hours before sleep is a wise move.

Some other helpful tips

  • Listen to soothing sounds. This is not only effective to children, it is to you too.
  • Don’t exercise before going to sleep. Exercising has a stimulating effect on the body and is hence counterproductive.
  • Imagine a relaxing scene like being at a sandy shore.

Bottom line

Long-term late-sleeping has negative effects on your cognitive functions. You should condition your body to sleep early in a gradual manner. For example, if currently you do about 12:00 midnight and want to get to 10:00 p.m., you can’t achieve this in a single day. It has to be gradual like from 12:00 to 11:30 then 11:15 then 11:00…and so on.

Have you had sleeping disorders before? How did you address them? And how do you manage to sleep early? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Tricks To Use In Order To Wake Up Early

If you’re are a chronic late riser, then this will definitely help you turn things around.

The toughest thing to do in the morning is getting out of your comfy bed. It requires a lot of sacrifice in order to wake up. Waking up late can really be depressing and disappointing because it denies you a chance to do a lot of things you had scheduled for.

It’s very easy to set an alarm and promise yourself to get up the next morning as soon as the alarm goes off but the groggy you in the morning keeps hitting the snooze button innumerably. It’s only hours after the scheduled wake up time that you get up feeling pissed off about yourself for not adhering to your plan. This greatly affects your mood thereby reducing your productivity.

But this doesn’t have to be! You can make a U-turn using the following simple steps and make your life enjoyable and more productive:

  1. Sleeping early

Just as the saying goes: early to bed early to rise. You must cultivate a good sleeping habit of always going to bed early enough. For you to get up early, you must have at least 6 hours of sleep therefore you should go to bed early.

  1. Diet

You should pay attention to the meals taken at night. Heavy meals are not good and chances of waking up late are high.

  1. Making your bed

The chances of you getting back to bed after waking up are greatly reduced when you spread your bed. This prevents you from crawling back to sleep.

  1. Having a routine

Conditioning your body by having a routine of waking up at the same time every day proves effective.

  1. Using an alarm

An alarm is a very good tool to use to wake up. However, it’s not always effective because a person can snooze it or switch it off. To avoid snoozing it when you’re sleepy, you can have the alarm away from you – where you will have to get up and switch it off.

 

The above steps have greatly worked for me and I am now a proud early riser. You too could be if only you followed the sure-fire tricks faithfully.

 

Have you struggled with getting out of bed in the morning? How did you deal with it? Let me know in the comments section.