“If you see distraction externally, you end up creating an internally distracted state.” – Tim Ferriss
This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is a bit of an experiment. Most the time, I interview world-class people, and I ask them many, many questions to try and figure out what makes them good at what they do.
Many of you have wondered what would happen if I flipped the script and had to answer my own questions. In this episode, I decided to do just that and answer one of your most common questions: what does your morning routine look like?
What you’ll find here are the five things I’d like to accomplish within the first 60 to 90 minutes of an “ideal day.” If I can hit at least three of these items, then I’ve won the morning. And, as the saying goes, “If you win the morning, you win the day.”
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Want to learn more about morning routines from a world-class entrepreneur? Listen to my two-part conversation with Tony Robbins. In the episodes below, we discuss Tony’s use of cryotherapy, his daily priming ritual, and how to get out of a slump. (Stream the episodes below or right-click here for part 1 and here for part 2 to download.)
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Dandapani’s website
- Transcendental meditation
- Vipassana meditation
- Headspace meditation app
- Calm app
- Tara Brach and her thoughts on meditation
- Sam Harris and his video on the psychology behind meditation
- More about hanging techniques from Ido Portal
- My pull-up rig and Teeter Hang Ups Gravity Boots
- Lynx Teeter Hang Ups P3 Back Stretcher
- One of Breville’s tea makers and the Adagio utiliTEA
- Rishi-Tea Simple Brew Loose Leaf Teapot
- My tea ingredients:
- Check out my blog post and video on making my Titanium Tea
- The Five-Minute Journal
- A look at my morning pages
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Posted on: September 18, 2015.
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