best of quora

What 10 minute daily activity would sharpen my mind over a year?

Posted on Updated on

10 minutes, ha! I’m going to show you not one, but six things. We’ll change your life and we’ll do it with time to spare.

After this, you’ll feel calm, prepared and ready to take on the world, like this:

Let’s go!


First, imprint this image of a staircase in your head:

The word “savers” is an acronym. It stands for:

  • Silence.
  • Affirmations.
  • Visualization.
  • Exercise.
  • Reading.
  • Scribing.

Now, every morning, right when you wake up, do each of these six things for one minute.


1. Sit upright, legs crossed, eyes closed in silence. Let your thoughts pass through. Breathe slowly and deeply, like you’re meditating.


2. Read or recite a short set of affirmations, a little pep talk for yourself. I keep mine in my nightstand. Look at yourself in the mirror for extra oomph.


3. Visualize yourself going through your day. Open your window or step outside, look at the sky, and imagine yourself actually doing the things you will do that day, whether it’s grocery shopping, filling an Excel table, writing, cold calling people or flambéing a chicken.


4. Do ONE set of ONE exercise. That’s it. Shoot for however many repetitions you can muster that day. I like push ups. Sometimes I do 20. Sometimes 50. Adapt to how well you feel.


5.Read one page in a book. This isn’t about crossing items off your reading list. It’s about finding one good piece of insight to accompany you throughout the day. A blink is good too.


6. Write into a 1-sentence journal. Many people over complicate journaling. It’s helpful even if you just answer one question with one sentence. You cannot write a sentence without learning something. Pick one question you’ll answer each morning, for example:

  • How do you feel right now?
  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • Are you ready to take on the day? Why/why not?

That’s it! Six minutes that will pay off for the rest of your day, and if you do it regularly, for the rest of your life.

4 minutes left on the clock, man, so much time, what else can you do? How about creating something?

  • Start writing an answer on Quora.
  • Take a picture and put it on Instagram.
  • Craft a funny tweet.
  • Send a snap to your family.
  • Wish people a great day on Facebook.
  • Give an inspiring speech on Soundcloud

…or one of a million other things you can do and put out to the world.

Wow! You just woke up and you’ve already changed your life and made a positive impact on that of others.

Imagine what you can do in a day.


I learned this morning routine from Hal Elrod, a wonderful guy who’s detailed it in his book The Miracle Morning. I’ve written a much more extensive guide on it here: The Miracle Morning Solution – a 7-step morning routine.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned?

Posted on Updated on

No matter how bad things are, they could always get worse.

No matter how bad things are, they will eventually get better.

No matter how good things are, it will not last forever.

No matter how good things are, they can always get better.

How can you maximize your happiness in life?

Posted on Updated on

I’ve known boys stalking girls, and girls stalking boys.

I’ve seen fans standing for hours merely to catch sights of celebrities.

I’ve heard people judging others here, there and everywhere, all in vain.

I’ve met people scrolling up & down through social media all the time.

I’ve witnessed people intruding in others’ lives.

And to be brutally honest, I found none of them happy or content. Not even close to that.

So, the only thing that I told myself after observing all this was — “Never ever let yourself be more interested in someone else’s life than your own.”

And I’ve been much happier since that very day.

Does reading books really help people?

Posted on

An old farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his book. One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the book just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon
as I close the book. What good does reading the book do?”

The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time, the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try
again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into the river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was
again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Grandpa, it’s useless!”

“So you think it is useless?” the old man said, “Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.

Son, that’s what happens when you read the book.

You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out!!!

 

source: quora