Sleep Your Way to The Top Plus 9 Things Truly Successful People Do

By shawicortez | May 14, 2015 | Uncategorized

A few years ago, I was nursing a broken heart. So, I kept myself busy.

To distract myself, I took on three roles : I was helping out with our family business during the day, managed an online marketer’s membership site and webinars in the evening, and tried out network marketing in between.

Boy was I exhausted.

After a long hard look, that picture was not my idea of success.

Yes, I received multiple streams of income, but not at this cost.

I suffered from severe acne, I wasn’t getting enough sleep, and opening my email was already stressful for me.

Is this the kind of life I want to have? Nope.

I had to redefine what success meant for me.

I dropped my virtual career (temporarily) and the network marketing stint.

And I started caring for myself.

Besides, if I don’t, no one else will.

If you’re at the peak of your career, but are neglecting your own needs, here are ways you can start doing and be truly successful :

* Value your work

You cannot deny the fact that you need to find a means to put food on your table or pay the bills. Recognize the value of your work, and don’t put it out of the equation.

You don’t love your job? Then find something else that aligns with who you are as a person. If your job stresses you out, then quit. You are not meant to be there.

* Sleep

As a child, you’ve been taught that you need eight hours of sleep. But why aren’t you getting enough?

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Image by © victoriabee/RooM the Agency/Corbis

 

No wonder you’re always exhausted.

If you just tried sleeping a full eight hours, it will be sufficient–that you’ll wake up without a need for an alarm clock. That’s because your body is telling you that it has had enough energy and it’s ready to take on the world.

Treat your sleeping time like an appointment. If you need to hit the bed by 10pm, you should already be finishing up chores by 9:30pm.

And taking a nap? Very important. A few minutes in the afternoon will leave you feeling refreshed and more productive to face more tasks.

* Move

Yes it means standing up or stretching a bit. We are not created to sit down for long periods of time.

Instead of taking the lift, use the stairs.
Instead of sending a colleague an email, walk to their desk.
Instead of staring at your computer waiting for ideas to come, go out for a walk.

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Image by © Mina Chapman/Corbis

 

If there are mountains near your place, go for a hike. Being out in nature lowers the rate of depression. Hiking also helps combat effects of ageing, and increases cognitive performance.

* Drink at least 2 liters of water every day.

70% of our body is made up of water. Being hydrated helps our body perform its vital functions such as digestion, absorption, circulation, transportation of nutrients.

It also helps your skin look good.

It maintains normal bowel movement.

It helps your kidneys remove toxin.

Do you sometimes get headaches for no reason? You just might need a sip of water.

* Find your happy zone.

We cannot escape it. Work will catch up, and get the best of us.
What are you to do?

There is wisdom in the children’s phrase: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Even God took a day off. He created for 6 days, and on the seventh day He rested.
What makes you think you’re any better?

Find what makes you happy.

For me it’s travel. And hiking.

But not everyone are the same. The key here is to be true to yourself.

Some people I know, it’s cleaning. They get a natural high when they reach for the scrub and the nearest toilet or kitchen sink. To some, it’s getting a massages. Others, they get a pet.

What’s yours?

* Write a gratitude journal

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Image by © Yuri Arcurs/Tetra Images/Corbis

 

Everyday, recall five things you are grateful for.

It was extremely difficult for me when I started doing it, but practicing daily has opened my eyes to a beautiful world I have missed before.

* Give yourself quiet time

This is your “me” time. Protect and safeguard it so no one can steal it from you.

If your body needs food, water, and rest, your soul needs nourishing too.

Whatever your belief is, this is when you recharge to connect with God (or the Higher Being you believe in)

What do you do during quiet time?

Remember your blessings. Soak in His love. Receive.

You can never give if you are running empty.

To be able to give back, you need to be filled up first.

* Disconnect

Disconnect from your gadget and your social media presence.

Trust me, you will not die if you take a break from being “connected” all the time.

It’s empowering when you turn off notifications. You no longer become slave to them, whenever they beg attention every time your gadget chimes.

You get to choose when you check your email, and your other social media accounts.

In the evening, don’t bring your phone to bed with you. Leave it outside the bedroom.

* Be awake

Being awake means stepping out of your autopilot zone.

I like to call it the zombie zone–you’re so used to it that it’s become automatic, you’re no longer thinking at all.

How about looking in the eye of the person bussing your table? Or saying a quick “good morning” to the old lady you meet in the supermarket.

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Image by © Beau Lark/Corbis

 

How about the cliché-ish stop and smell the flowers?

Or instead of using your dominant right hand when you eat, you use your left hand?

How about chasing sunrise, instead of sunset?

When was the last time you are mindful of the things happening around you? When was the last time you were aware? Awake?

* Say NO.

Easier said than done.

If you truly love yourself, you will say no to events that are stressful to you.
You will say no to people who drain your energy.
And say no even to opportunities that seem shiny at first, but are meant to distract you from fulfilling your real purpose in life.