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7.07.2020

Putting Things in Order


"Either you run the day or the day runs you." - Jim Rohn

How do you start your days? Do you have a morning routine? Something that jumpstart your day? 

I am a firm believer in the quote above. Mr. Rohn couldn't articulate this any better. I'm not sure about you, but I've tried and tested this theory. These last few weeks I have been making it a practice to set the tone for my days because of the simple fact that I spend most of my days in a fast-paced and high-stress environment. The demands and stress started filtering into my personal life and having a negative impact on my health. For this purpose, I found that I needed to change and today I'm sharing what I have incorporated in my morning routine. 

I'm not sure if you have heard about the Miracle Morning plan. I've started adding these simple practices before I do any of my normal morning preparation. So here it is, it's the SAVERS..

  • Silence - Start your day with silence. Spend a few moments quietly, no distractions, and take this time to focus on your inner self. Your thoughts.
  • Affirmation - Use affirmations that are aligned with your goals. Affirmations that you can take into action. 
  • Visualization - Visualize yourself in full stride throughout the day. See and feel yourself experiencing those things that you really want to see happen in the day. Get down to the details, feel those feelings. 
  • Exercise - Spend time moving your body. Don't worry about what it is or how much time, just move your body. 
  • Read - Take this time to take in something for personal development.
  • Scribe - Write, write your goals, and the action steps that you need to take to get those goals started. 


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7.01.2020

5 Steps Towards Spiritual Growth


Theory No. 177 - There will always be work to do. Be it spiritual, emotional, physical, professional, or personal; life is a journey and your goal should be to never stop growing.
Cheers to the start of a new month! Not only is this the start of the second half of the year, but July 1st also begins the countdown to my birthday. This year will be another milestone that I'm dubbing Tren 4.5!
I am quite excited to reach this milestone, but I've got to be honest, forty-five came with a quickness. It's almost like I was just celebrating 40. Well in my head because for sure, my body has been reminding me of how quickly the sails turn. Nevertheless, I feel like I've been coasting through years 1-4 of the 40 club journey. While I've accomplished a few goals along the way, I can't help but be real about how I have really been feeling. For the last few months, I've been feeling stagnated and unsure as to what would be next for me. Reaching or better yet manifesting a few goals that I'd written in my journal years back, I've come to a point where I've realized I haven't really thought about what would come next.
So here I am, at 40 club milestone and ready to reassess and jumpstart the journey to the next milestone. With that being said, this year I'm approaching goal-setting a bit differently. Instead of setting external goals, I've planned on buckling down and doing some much needed internal work.





The first goal for Tren 4.5 is to work towards furthering my spiritual growth. For me, optimal spiritual growth goes beyond religious practices. It's about growing in the knowledge of and the relationship with my Creator. It's making sure that I am aligned with my belief system and truly living the life I am being called to live. It is my belief that if I am truly aligned, success will follow.
But how will I approach it all? The first step is to actually commit to doing the work. Once you make that commitment the rest is as easy as doing the work. For starters, I'm sharing these 5 steps to take towards improving your spiritual growth.
5 Steps Towards Spiritual Growth

  1. Block out 30 mins daily - It's so important to first Identify the ideal time that you can devote 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. You should be in a position where you can remove all distractions. This means no phones, no little ones, or better halves (not that they are distractions but you get it) pulling on you for attention. If you can pull yourself away that would be best. I plan to use my office or the backyard for this time.
  2. Start with prayer/meditation - Being able to be still and quiet your mind is vital. Asking the Creator/God/Universe to guide you through this process. The goal is to get centered so that you can focus on doing the work.
  3. Make a list of the areas that you'd like to improve - Identify the areas in which you are falling short, the areas that can use improvement. For example, some of the areas that I believe could improve is daily prayer/meditation time and reading the bible.
  4. Identify action steps that will lead you to improvement - Just like regular goal setting, this actually guides us into practicing and creating the spiritual habit. If I take the example in item 3, I would be jotting down what I need to do to incorporate time for daily prayer/meditation. An example includes, I will wake up 20 minutes earlier to pray and meditate before I begin my day.
  5. Journal progress - Write down your progress or lack thereof. Hold yourself accountable for your commitment.
So there you have it, a few simple ways to grow spiritually. I hope that you find this helpful and that you take this journey with me.
As always, thank you for stopping by!


 Tren







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