TV certainly is the biggest killer of time and creativity. I have been watching less TV, giving me more time to read which in turn has helped me be more imaginative.
zBrain's Life List
1. stop procrastinating
2. get rid of all my clutter
3. Start my own business
4. meditate every day
5. get in shape
6. be a better father and husband
7. Read more books
8. watch less tv
9. Be a better friend
10. be a better photographer
11. be happy
12. travel the world
13. get a dog
14. Finish what I start
15. make the world a better place
16. To live instead of exist
17. Become Financially Independent
18. make a smaller ecological footprint
19. Be more spontaneous and creative
20. live in the now
21. Learn to play the piano
22. help people who are not as fortunate as me
23. Find my purpose in life
24. be organized
25. make a difference in the world
How I did it: I'm not sure that this is something I can recommend for others - it may or may not work for you. One night before I went to bed, I just imagined (or visualized) myself getting out of bed at 4.50AM, and the next day I was up at 4.50AM. So, the key is clearly seeing this goal (as is any other) being accomplished. So, every night, before I go to bed, I tell myself when I want to wake up, and my subconscious mind does the rest... no alarm required! Read how I did it…
I posted an entry about how I am now a morning person. The motivation to accomplishing that goal is that I wanted to find time to meditate – something that I used to do on and off a few years ago.
I can now proudly proclaim that I have been able to accomplish this goal. Of course it’s only been a little over a week, but because I can already see the benefits – more energy, clearer thinking, less frustrated, I’m calm and composed, less negative thoughts and more – I only see myself continuing to get better at this.
The nice by product of this goal is that I am in better control of my TV watching habits – I have not watched too much TV during this period. This should motivate me even more.
I know there is a ton of music for meditation out there, but BrainSync’s Deep Meditation is something that I found very helpful in getting my mind into a deep meditative state. This uses a scientifically proven technology called binaural beats that syncs both hemispheres of your brain. You can find more information about it here. There are other products like Holosyc, HemiSync, Insight CD etc etc..
Please note that I am not recommending this as something that might work for you, but merely stating that it has helped me. Maybe it will help you. Disclaimer… use at your own discretion.
For little over a week now, I have been able to wake up no later than 5.15 in the morning. So, what happened you ask? I re-read Steve’s post again, and this time at night, just before I went to bed.
After I read it, I sat there visualizing the entire scene – me waking up when the alarm went off, stretching, getting out of bed feeling fresh.
Believe it or not, I was up at 5.00 the next morning, and I have been able to do it every morning since. There have been days that I have felt tired earlier than usual, but I hit bed when I feel tired.
The key here is that you need to visualize yourself doing it, and believe in your body and mind.
I will keep you posted on how I am doing.
Two nice “side effects” of accomplishing this goal – I meditate everyday for 30 mins, and I watch less & less TV everyday – both goals of mine.