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The life you are currently living is what it is because of the thoughts, beliefs, actions, and habits you’ve developed over time. Some are good and some are bad. You don’t have to change all of your habits to improve your life significantly. You simply need to develop two new habits. A morning routine and an evening routine

Your morning routine sets the foundation for your day. Instead of hitting the snooze button, get up an hour earlier than you need to. If this sounds daunting, start with 10-minute increments. Instead of waking up at 7, try 6:50. Slowly move the alarm earlier until you’re up at 6. You will be amazed at all of the things you can get done in the mornings, and how it can set you up for success. Use this time to check/respond to email, read, journal, meditate, workout, or get a head start on your to-do list for the day. Sixty minutes of sleep won’t dramatically impact how you feel for the day, but 60 minutes of productive time before your workday can be a game changer.

Your evening routine helps you unwind and decompress from the day. Designate a time when phones and screens are turned off to help you get a better night’s sleep. Spend time with family and preparing for the day ahead. If you’re not a morning workout person, start a habit of taking a walk after dinner or going for a bike ride. Establishing an evening routine of productive habits can set you up for a successful morning. Making time for you in the mornings and the evenings makes it easier to make time for everyone else during the day.

Think about the life that you want and let go of the habits and rituals that aren’t helping you get there. Making a few changes your morning and evening routines can be a game changer for your day, your week, and your life!

Mindset. You can build habits and rituals, and you can connect with the right people, you can find a mentor, and work on being more accountable, but all of this will be for nothing if you do not have the right mindset. We’ve been conditioned from the time we were small that mediocrity equals advancement. We’ve been conditioned to believe that our promotion and our success is based on someone else. We’ve got to switch our mindset.

The difference between where you are now and where you want to be is your mindset. To get something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. You must become somebody different. This begins with creating a methodology for everything in your sphere of influence. When you have a plan, a method, a go-to game plan, you are unstoppable. You will not panic in the face of conflict. You will not run in the face of fear. You have a methodology, you will use it, and you will rise.

But you cannot move forward, you cannot get to the next level if you do not change your mindset. Once you truly believe that you are in charge of your future, that the next level is a real, tangible place that you are worthy of reaching, you will do the things you’ve always dreamed of.

Stop saying you’ll get serious about self-improvement once you lose the weight, or have a bigger bank account, or a nicer car, or more experience, or more training. Stop wasting time with all that. The only thing you need today to move yourself into the future you’ve always wanted is a different mindset.

Your weekly challenge:

Part One:  Pre-order Walter’s Bond’s newest book, SWIM, today.

Part Two: Replace the word “if” with “when” when talking about your next level. Instead of saying “If I get this speaking engagement” say “when I get this speaking engagement” A simple change of words, but a giant step in changing your mindset.