The First Step to Making a Difference: Get Out of Bed

Get Out of Bed

Some days, making a difference begins with something as simple as getting out of bed. It means getting up and doing work that matters. Which always starts slowly and intentionally.

This morning, I didn’t want to get up. My mind was tired and my body exhausted. Having spent the last several weeks training for a half marathon, I just wanted to “phone it in.”

Something inside me said I just couldn’t do it.

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Rules, Discipline, and the Paradox of Creativity

Paradox of Creativity and Discipline

For an artist, rules are tricky. In creative work, they can be your best friend or worst enemy. They keep us safe from going off the “deep end” but can also restrict our passions.

So how do we use these regulations for good?

My whole life, I’ve struggled with rules. To be disciplined without becoming legalistic. To be focused without giving in to stagnancy. To have structure without being ruled by it.

In the end, I’ve learned that rules have a place in our lives, and without discipline, our best work never gets done. So here are four lessons I’ve learned about this paradox of creativity…

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8 Tips for Waking Up Early & Conquering the Alarm Clock

8 Tips for Waking Up Early & Conquering the Alarm Clock

For years, I wanted to wake up early. It seems almost all successful people get going before sunrise, and I wanted to be one of them. But when my morning alarm would go off, all the good intentions in the world couldn’t pull me out of bed.

The groggy person hitting the snooze button wasn’t the same clear-thinking person that had set the alarm the night before.

When I realized waking up early is a battle fought on two fronts, everything changed We must prepare our bodies, but we must also trick our sleepy minds.

Here are eight tips to help you win the fight and wake up early.

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