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Don’t Snooze and Lose: You Can Become a Morning Person

How a small change can result in better mornings.

Casandra Visser



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This morning the alarm sounded extra annoying, the bed felt ridiculously comfortable and your feet felt heavy. You snoozed your alarm three times, woke up in a panic and rushed to work with your flask of coffee, not feeling your best and you wondered to yourself how anyone could ever be a morning person.

The bad news is that studies show that the ability to wake up early is in our genes. The gene that was discovered has a direct effect on our circadian rhythm.

For us mere mortals, that’s your body’s 24-hour clock. The good news is that biological conditioning and environmental factors also play a role in making you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed so there is hope for the night owls yet.

Try just one of the below suggestions this week and slowly work your way to morning-person status, at least most of the week anyway:

  1. Discover an App. There a number of amazing apps out there that help track your sleep cycles and ensure that you wake up at the right time. Say good-bye to the snooze button and bad bedtime habits.
  2. Reward Yourself. Success! You didn’t hit snooze. Take the time to make yourself a hearty breakfast or turn on the kettle and sip on your favourite coffee blend while you read a funny blog.
  3. Get Pumped. What are you looking to achieve today, this week or in the next 6 months? Have a look at your goals on a daily basis and track your progress. This is a great reminder about why you are putting in that extra effort.
  4. Early Riser. Little by little begin to change your bedtime routine. Aim to hit the hay a little earlier so that you can get up earlier and have more time to spare.
  5. Crank Up the Tunes. Instead of listening to the news on your way to your meeting, put on some feel-good music and sing along. Life is good
  6. Here Comes the Sun. Our brains are sensitive to temperature and light, which is why it can be hard to sleep past a certain time of the day. Invest in a Light Box or move your bed next to a window without heavy curtains or blinds so that the sun can wake you up.
  7. Start Slow. Try not to check anything work-related until you actually get to the office. Focus on getting a better start to your day so that you can give it your all the rest of the day.

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Casandra Visser is a Digital Marketing & Content Strategist and writes for Entrepreneur Media SA.


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How You Can Make Failing Part Of Your Growth Strategy

Here’s how you can make failing forward part of your growth strategy.





The concept of ‘fail forward’ basically means that it’s okay to fail as long as you learn from your mistakes. Once you shift your mindset regarding failure, it becomes an asset to your growth. What’s not to like about learning?

Here’s how you can make failing forward part of your growth strategy.

1. Take risks

If it’s okay to fail as long as you learn from it, then it’s okay to embrace the idea of taking more risks. Try new things and see if they’ll work. If they don’t, then at least you’ve tried and learnt.

Related: Flourishing Through Failure And Finding Fortune

2. Learn constantly

Failing and learning shouldn’t be one-offs or isolated incidents. They should weave together in a constant stream of learning that builds and rewards as we move forward. That way, we can improve and eventually succeed more often than we fail.

3. Search and reapply

Learn from each other’s mistakes. Marketing is a spectator sport — you can learn from watching each other’s brand activities — both the wins and losses.

4. Accept failure

This one is the hardest step. It’s not easy to fail. It’s not something we’re taught to do. It distracts us from our mission and it takes time away from being successful. Or does it? If you start failing forward daily, not only for yourself, but for your teams as well, you will create an environment where failing forward is accepted and embraced as part of a learning culture that seeks continuous improvement. That improvement includes actively learning from your individual and collective mistakes.

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Listening To These 8 Audiobooks On Success Is A Better Use Of Your Long Commute

Commuting is mostly just unpaid work, unless you make an effort to learn something along the way.

John Boitnott



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Commutes are getting longer, and in some cities they’re up to two hours each way. I have a friend in Los Angeles who does this. He passes the time with audiobooks. Now that’s still a lot of time to be stuck in transit, but he doesn’t view it that way. He says it allows him plenty of time to feed his personal and professional goals.

I’ve spent years listening to literature in the car while commuting, but somewhere along the line I switched over to books on business and personal improvement. I mostly gravitated toward amazing people who built their success from scratch and who experienced tremendous hardship. It stands to reason that if you’re dealing with hardships like a long commute, it’s important to hear motivational words that can help you transcend the difficulties.

Here are eight audiobooks that will help grow your success, both personal and professional, on your next commute:

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3 Questions To Guide You To Success In 2018

Most of the goals we set have some external component to it. Some component that we cannot control. Yet, we act like we can.

Erik Kruger



3 Questions To Guide You To Success In 2018

Goal setting as a concept makes perfect sense. At the most basic level you decide on the destination and then plot the way to get there. But as with many things, we like to overcomplicate that which should be simple.

Before you know it, you end up with 2 big goals in 15 different areas of your life and 100 micro goals that will help you reach your 30 big goals.

Complicating something simple. Some of the biggest obstacles to people in reaching their goals are:

  • The overestimate the effort it will take to achieve those goals
  • They want to go from 0-100km/h in the blink of an eye
  • Life is dynamic and static goals often do not make sense
  • They get so entrenched in the day to day running of things that goals get pushed aside.

What if instead of goals, we just focused on giving our best every day?

Of course, you still want to have an indication of where you are going.

But, if you are giving your 100% every day then you can forego the micro goals for a better way of calibrating your compass… using questions.

Related: Goal Setting Guide

I suggest you ask yourself these three questions regularly:

1. What does better look like?

The question at the heart of development and incremental improvement. This question allows you some creative space in which you can imagine a better future.

  • What does better health look like?
  • What does a better business look like?
  • What does better customer service look like?
  • What does better leadership look like?

By reflecting on this question, you materialise the gap between where you are and where you could be. Now, the only thing that is left is to align your daily actions with the better future you imagined.

2. What can I control?

Borrowed from Stoicism this question highlights the power of decision in your life. Epictetus said we should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?”

Once you ask this of yourself regularly you will feel more in control of your life and more in control of your business.


Because your focus is solely on the things that you can influence. It restores the belief that you can actually impact the world around you in a meaningful way.

3. Was I impeccable with my actions today?

One inherent flaw with goal setting is that the goal setter often feels judged. As if we need more of that. In addition to the constant negative self-talk we have to endure we now have an additional source of judgement – whether we reached our goals or not.

As we discovered in question #2 We cannot control everything. Most of the goals we set have some external component to it. Some component that we cannot control. Yet, we act like we can.

So, instead of judging yourself, commit to giving your best every single day.

Related: The Tim Ferriss Approach to Setting Goals: Rig the Game so You Win


What I love most about these questions is that they provide a built-in layer of accountability. Use them every day.

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