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50 Ways Happier, Healthier and More Successful People Live on Their Own Terms -
25th April December 2017


by Benjamin P. Hardy

1. Stop consuming caffeine.

Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent on caffeine that we use it simply to get back to our status quo. When we’re off it, we underperform and become incapable.

Isn’t this absurd?

In his book The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer argues that your energy should come from within—from your why—not from external stimulants. The scientific backing is substantial yet unsurprising: Intrinsic motivation destroys extrinsic motivation every day of the week.

Motivation aside, healthy eating, sleeping and intensive exercise produce higher quantities and quality of energy than caffeine ever could. A holistic approach to life is essential. Garbage in, garbage out.

Give up the caffeine and see what happens. To avoid withdrawal headaches, replace your caffeine with something else. After a few days without caffeine, you’ll develop confidence in your ability to function without it.

2. Pray or meditate in morning, midday and night.

In a recent interview at the Genius Network mastermind event, Joe Polish asked Tony Robbins what he does to get focused. “Do you meditate? What do you do?” Joe asked.

“I don’t know that I meditate. I don’t know that I want to meditate and think about nothing,” Tony responded. “My goal is clarity.”

Instead of full-on meditation, Tony has a morning routine that includes several breathing exercises and visualization techniques that get him to a state of clarity and focus. For me, I use prayer and pondering (my version of meditation) as the same vehicle.

Whatever your approach, the goal should be clarity and focus. What do you want to be about today? What few things matter most during the next 24 hours?

I’ve gotten the best results as:

My morning prayer and meditation is motivational.
My afternoon prayer and meditation are evaluative and strategic.
My evening prayer and meditation are evaluative and reflective.
Related: 13 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

3. Read one book per week.

Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. It is common for the world’s most successful people to read at least one book per week. They are constantly learning.

I can easily get through one audiobook per week by just listening during my commute to school and while walking on campus. Taking even 15 to 30 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive information changes you. It puts you in the zone to perform at your highest.

Over time, you will have read hundreds of books. You’ll be knowledgeable on several topics. You’ll think and see the world differently. You’ll be able to make more connections between different topics.

Reference No. 20 on this list if you feel you’re “too busy” to read one book per week. There are methods to make this task extremely easy.

4. Write in your journal five minutes every day.

This habit will change your life. Your journal will:
Clear your emotions serving as your personal therapist
Detail your personal history
Enhance your creativity
Ingrain and enhance your learning
Help you get clarity on the future you want to create
Accelerate your ability to manifest your goals
Increase your gratitude
Improve your writing skills
And lots more…
Five minutes per day is more than enough. Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, recommends writing far less than you want to—only a few sentences or paragraphs at most to help you avoid burnout.

5. Marry the person you love

“For all the productivity and success advice I’ve read, shaped and marketed for dozens of authors in the last decade, I’ve never really seen someone come out and say: Find yourself a spouse who complements and supports you and makes you better.” —Ryan Holiday
Research by economists have found—even after controlling for age, education and other demographics—that married people make 10 to 50 percent more than single people. Why would this be?

Being married gives you a higher purpose for being productive. You are no longer a lone ranger, but have another person who relies on you.

Marriage also smacks you in the face with what’s really important in life. Sure, hanging out and partying is fun. But too many people get stuck in this phase and miss the meaning that comes from building a life with someone.

You will never find a better personal development seminar or book than marriage. It will highlight all of your flaws and weaknesses, challenging you to become a better person than you ever thought possible.

Thomas Monson said, “Choose your love; love your choice.” After you’ve chosen the person you love, love them. You don’t marry to make yourself happy; you marry to make someone else happy. Viktor Frankl wrote in Man’s Search for Meaning, “For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the byproduct of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”

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