Brad Branson

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Well hello there! Brad here.

It’s been a while. I’ve been busy participating in a few Business events. First in Hollywood a few weeks ago, and more recently last weekend in Las Vegas with an event put on by Nick and Tony Hseih.

Anyway, last week in the Lifestyle Academy, I recorded my morning ritual, where I go through the start of the day, building momentum to be as productive as possible early, and how to ride that wave through the rest of the day.

One of the constant questions I got was, “How do you wake up with energy, being more excited, passionate about the start of your day. I usually just hit the snooze button over and over again, and then I’m exhausted at the start of the day.”

What I want to do is give you 3 tips to make the start of your day the jump start you need to wake up productive.

So Check out This Vid to Learn How to Wakeup Productive!


Yep! So the 3 Tips are:

1. No More Snooze!
This is definitely the most important one. Do NOT. EVER. Use the snooze button again.

You see, most guys in RSD are in their best mental state at the end of the night, they schedule what to do the next day, have all these extravagant ideas, because they are in a higher consciousness headspace.

But when you wake up exhausted, you are in a low consciousness headspace, and want to just keep sleeping. And only get up when you HAVE to.

Make it a rule to wake up.

As tired and exhausted as you are, you’ll slowly get going because of…

2. Use Momentum
Yep, good old momentum, I look at the beginning of the day EXACTLY like the first approach of the night. No one wants to do it, no one likes waking up.

But you just do it, and start moving. Create a morning ritual where you build momentum and slowly wake up, and hit high productive tasks.

3. Get Deep on the WHY!
You need to update your Operating System and dig deep into WHY you want to accomplish the things you plan to accomplish in life.

The stronger the purpose the more leverage you have. The more vivid your vision, the more excited you’ll be to wake up and get to work.

Because you see the VISION, and have the jet fuel for accomplishing your goals.

It’s never hard to get up if you’re about to do something you’re excited to do, get excited about life with a clear path to growth, and waking up becomes easy.

Wake Up Productive!

Let me know how cutting the snooze button out works for you…

I’m excited to see if it helps.  :)
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#1

NyLion

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Great tips! I use to press the snooze button myself. If i took the snooze off i would just turn off my alarm and say "5 more mins".. That resulted in not having breakfast and going to work late to the point that i overslept almost two hours one day!

The way i solved this was with an app called "Alarm Clock Xtreme". Instead of snooze you can set math problems to turn off your alarm and also pick a difficulty level :). Now is just a habit, i think having an exciting morning routine would help. I'm working on that now.

Any morning routines that you suggest Brad? Like the lemon water..
Also any great books that you recommend on the lifestyle development topic?

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needed this tip, ive been tryingto regulate mysleeping paterns to a certain time  of hours i get of sleep. thanks for the tips man they defenitly cleared up more on how to motivate myself while trying to cut back on sleep
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Nice writeup. Unfortunately accomplishing things is a very 20th century western way of thinking about fulfillment. I equate that to the book "Win Friends and Influence People," which is great, but old.

At the end of every accomplishment is an empty hollow feeling. Which then leads you to go back and question the assumptions you held at the start of your pursuit to accomplish something. Now while you are on your path to accomplish something, that may feel great, but when it's done, it's done. Like a sneeze or a fart.

The whole "having a vision" and "accomplishing things" or goals is much of the time nothing more than a hypnosis or a bandaid solution to most people's dillema of not knowing what life is all about and what they should be doing with their lives.

Read Mike Tyson's new book that just came out. It is fucking insane.

So then what's the solution?

Stop bullshitting yourself that goals or achievement is where the fulfillment of life is to be had. Because you can always have more and you can always have less. I always imagine a homeless child in Africa having a vision to be like me. And then I imagine me as having been the homeless child and having accomplished my current level of success and... then what? Nothing. Things are the way they are. Accomplishment changes nothing fundamental in your consciousness.

If you wanna keep people chasing fairy dust, that getting things, accomplishing goals, and all that is THE life to live, then the people that will follow this are ones that should follow this path because they don't have a depth and understanding of what they're doing. So they are destined to fail and maybe that is good for them.

But, fundamentally this isn't a question of whether or not you should have goals or a vision or accomplsihments. This is not remotely the question at all.

The question is: do you know who you are now and what you are about? And if you do not know and feel a sense that no one else does either, are you candid about that? And if I don't know and Brad doesn't know and really no one else objectively knows, where does that put us?

It puts us right where we should be, in the pilot's seat of enjoying life for what it is rather than what some pathetic little conceptual image we have in our head of what "my life should be, but isn't."
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Damn that's deep ^. I just wanna get laid bro :D
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ViggoStokholm

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A green smoothie made by my Vitamix is all the motivation I need to get out of bed.
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#6

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Thanks brad, I just dropped serious gaming now i just gotta fix my sleep habits (which you addressed here) and my productivity. swaggin video bro! ;)

oh and mr.Zero point. i think if you think the way you do...then the ultimate saying is enjoy your muthafukin life..you only live once. Thats how i rationalize wanting big achievements and being goal oriented. After reading the eckhart tolle a million times its kinda hard to remain in a state of deep wanting cuz "you find yourself". but hey why not be goal oriented...another key phrase "why not"
be a gangster, live yo mufukin life
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Elamanopiskelija

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Well as strange as that quoted post may sound, I agree that it is the biggest game changer in terms of productivity and waking up earlier. The reality is, that even without a planning of the next day, you were going to wake up anyway at some point, and without the need of the alarm.

I also woke up early today without alarm, as I'm writing these words actually it is very early in my country. But in my case there actually IS a tecnique, I'm eating my favourite meal of the day for breakfast :)

Zer0.Point Wrote:
Nice writeup. Unfortunately accomplishing things is a very 20th century western way of thinking about fulfillment. I equate that to the book "Win Friends and Influence People," which is great, but old.

At the end of every accomplishment is an empty hollow feeling. Which then leads you to go back and question the assumptions you held at the start of your pursuit to accomplish something. Now while you are on your path to accomplish something, that may feel great, but when it's done, it's done. Like a sneeze or a fart.

The whole "having a vision" and "accomplishing things" or goals is much of the time nothing more than a hypnosis or a bandaid solution to most people's dillema of not knowing what life is all about and what they should be doing with their lives.

Read Mike Tyson's new book that just came out. It is fucking insane.

So then what's the solution?

Stop bullshitting yourself that goals or achievement is where the fulfillment of life is to be had. Because you can always have more and you can always have less. I always imagine a homeless child in Africa having a vision to be like me. And then I imagine me as having been the homeless child and having accomplished my current level of success and... then what? Nothing. Things are the way they are. Accomplishment changes nothing fundamental in your consciousness.

If you wanna keep people chasing fairy dust, that getting things, accomplishing goals, and all that is THE life to live, then the people that will follow this are ones that should follow this path because they don't have a depth and understanding of what they're doing. So they are destined to fail and maybe that is good for them.

But, fundamentally this isn't a question of whether or not you should have goals or a vision or accomplsihments. This is not remotely the question at all.

The question is: do you know who you are now and what you are about? And if you do not know and feel a sense that no one else does either, are you candid about that? And if I don't know and Brad doesn't know and really no one else objectively knows, where does that put us?

It puts us right where we should be, in the pilot's seat of enjoying life for what it is rather than what some pathetic little conceptual image we have in our head of what "my life should be, but isn't."
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Hi brad thanks for the vid,

Quick question..

Im 20, with a super packed day of school, gym, and pickup..

How many hours of sleep should i get?
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needed this!
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also it sucks because after a night of game or super hard studying i have trouble falling asleep

thanks again
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Kid_Ink Wrote:
Hi brad thanks for the vid,

Quick question..

Im 20, with a super packed day of school, gym, and pickup..

How many hours of sleep should i get?


If you are eating healthy and hitting the gym, you really only need 5-6 hours to function properly.

I'm currently testing out trying to get 7-7.5, and I have noticed that I have less stress, but I also have less deadlines right now.

To put it in perspective, I was sleeping 3 hours a night for all of October, and only had about a 30 minute nap around 9PM, and functioned really well.

But after about a month, I got a pretty bad cold because I was just pushing it too hard.

So you can go hard for a little while, but balance is important as well.
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ViggoStokholm Wrote:
A green smoothie made by my Vitamix is all the motivation I need to get out of bed.


Nice! Yep, I rock a smoothie in my morning ritual as well.  Although it's a little bit later in the morning...
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I really liked the way you explained all 3 tips bro. Thanks for the post!!
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#14

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Hey Brad,

One thing I do to force myself not to hit snooze is to set my alarm far away from my bed which forces me to actually get out of bed and go turn it off! Boom!

Luke
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Hey everybody, Adam from Milwaukee.  

Brad, great post and video my man.  Your tip(s) on the snooze reminded me of Zig Ziglar and his book See You At The Top.  He recommends changing your thought patterns when waking up in the morning.  He suggests thinking something along the lines of, "I wonder what kind of oppertunities and experiences I will have today!".  Which can be a projectile for getting excited about the day.  He would also call his alarm clock an "oppertunity clock", which I adopted for my alarm clock for awhile.  He also goes on to explain that, "How you wake up in the morning is how you live your life."

But all in all, thank you for that post.  I've been trying to adjust my sleeping patterns to working the night shift cooking at a pub and I'm glad I saw this post.
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Didn't take you for a Henry Miller reader Brad, good taste in literature. Thanks for the tips!
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Here is my contribution to the topic:


As Jeffy said, it's through self-discipline that you can truly be free.

I usually go to sleep at 12:00-01:00

As for me personaly my daily routine is
 6:30 Wake up
 6:40 Gym (I live in the same building with the gym.)
 8:00 Protein Shake, Shower
 8:30 3 Raw Eggs (that's my smoothie)

Going to the gym early takes a lot of effort but the pay off for the rest of the day is worth it. 
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Great video Brad good info on the snooze button I do that a lot and find I have 1 hour snoozed. Also my sleeping habbit is bad I go bed 3am or 4am then set the alarm for 9am but snooze until 11am and find half my day is finished I think now the latest is 2am and up at 8am the latest. Do you do any rituals if you can't get to sleep at night?

k
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money never sleeps pal. -Gekko
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Using snooze is like delaying your approaches, and we all know that's no good!
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WADDUP Y'ALL

A few months ago I would set an alarm on my phone to wake me up, I would just turn it off and
"lay in bed for a little bit more". Sometimes that would turn into 30 min of just laying there and I
would be late and have to rush my morning routine.

Here's what I do now. I put my phone on the other side of the room and when the alarm goes off
I actually have to get out of bed to turn it off. At that point I'm already out of bed so it's exactly what
I wanted. So the trick is ... make it so that you have to get out of bed to hit the snooze button LOL!
 
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#22

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Great tips Brad. I'll try out the first one tomorrow.

What makes my morning is a big cup of Bulletproof Coffee. I've been drinking it for four weeks now every single morning and my mood and clarity throughout the day are just on! Even when I'm really tired in the morning, as soon as I drink a few sips I switch straight into awake mode (maybe it's just a placebo but it works like magic). Also my food cravings, especially sugar crap cravings, are pretty much gone!

It is my Gummiberry Juice. 

My next nutrition habbit will be green smoothies. You could introduce your green smoothie recipe in a future video! 
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fnavidad Wrote:
Great tips Brad. I'll try out the first one tomorrow.

What makes my morning is a big cup of Bulletproof Coffee. I've been drinking it for four weeks now every single morning and my mood and clarity throughout the day are just on! Even when I'm really tired in the morning, as soon as I drink a few sips I switch straight into awake mode (maybe it's just a placebo but it works like magic). Also my food cravings, especially sugar crap cravings, are pretty much gone!

It is my Gummiberry Juice. 

My next nutrition habbit will be green smoothies. You could introduce your green smoothie recipe in a future video! 


Dude I LOVE the bulletproof coffee!  It's the shit, I have it every morning as well.

I do have a green smoothie recipe....   But you have to join the Lifestyle Academy to watch that one.  Haha!
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You could also read books about sleep, and stop using an alarm clock. (which for me is an item only uniformed people use, ahhhh conformity). On a good day I need less than 3 minutes to fall asleep, and about 3 minutes to be awake again. Ah the joy of natural sleep! (a side effect is that you sleep less as well).
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kapz Wrote:
Great video Brad good info on the snooze button I do that a lot and find I have 1 hour snoozed. Also my sleeping habbit is bad I go bed 3am or 4am then set the alarm for 9am but snooze until 11am and find half my day is finished I think now the latest is 2am and up at 8am the latest. Do you do any rituals if you can't get to sleep at night?

k

You can't do shit. Your circadian clock is aligned so that the beginning of your night is around 3-4am. (when you get really sleepy).
The only solution you have is to shift your circadian cycle using chronotherapy.
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I don't snooze, but I take a 10 minute nap in the middle of my morning routine. I gonna try to cut that one out in next week. 
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Snooze 
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The silver back gorilla doesnt hit no snooze button
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Brad Wrote:
Kid_Ink Wrote:
Hi brad thanks for the vid,

Quick question..

Im 20, with a super packed day of school, gym, and pickup..

How many hours of sleep should i get?


If you are eating healthy and hitting the gym, you really only need 5-6 hours to function properly.

I'm currently testing out trying to get 7-7.5, and I have noticed that I have less stress, but I also have less deadlines right now.

To put it in perspective, I was sleeping 3 hours a night for all of October, and only had about a 30 minute nap around 9PM, and functioned really well.

But after about a month, I got a pretty bad cold because I was just pushing it too hard.

So you can go hard for a little while, but balance is important as well.


3 Hours a sleep a night in October?? Wow I thought I was hardcore about my sleeping rituals... Awesome what's even possible.
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Cool @Brad!
Another great tip for falling asleep immediately will be to only use bed to sleep and fuck. By that you will develop a pattern of falling asleep as you touch the bed (stealed it from ilb - really useful)!
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Zer0.Point Wrote:
Nice writeup. Unfortunately accomplishing things is a very 20th century western way of thinking about fulfillment. I equate that to the book "Win Friends and Influence People," which is great, but old.

At the end of every accomplishment is an empty hollow feeling. Which then leads you to go back and question the assumptions you held at the start of your pursuit to accomplish something. Now while you are on your path to accomplish something, that may feel great, but when it's done, it's done. Like a sneeze or a fart.

The whole "having a vision" and "accomplishing things" or goals is much of the time nothing more than a hypnosis or a bandaid solution to most people's dillema of not knowing what life is all about and what they should be doing with their lives.

Read Mike Tyson's new book that just came out. It is fucking insane.

So then what's the solution?

Stop bullshitting yourself that goals or achievement is where the fulfillment of life is to be had. Because you can always have more and you can always have less. I always imagine a homeless child in Africa having a vision to be like me. And then I imagine me as having been the homeless child and having accomplished my current level of success and... then what? Nothing. Things are the way they are. Accomplishment changes nothing fundamental in your consciousness.

If you wanna keep people chasing fairy dust, that getting things, accomplishing goals, and all that is THE life to live, then the people that will follow this are ones that should follow this path because they don't have a depth and understanding of what they're doing. So they are destined to fail and maybe that is good for them.

But, fundamentally this isn't a question of whether or not you should have goals or a vision or accomplsihments. This is not remotely the question at all.

The question is: do you know who you are now and what you are about? And if you do not know and feel a sense that no one else does either, are you candid about that? And if I don't know and Brad doesn't know and really no one else objectively knows, where does that put us?

It puts us right where we should be, in the pilot's seat of enjoying life for what it is rather than what some pathetic little conceptual image we have in our head of what "my life should be, but isn't."


for those who TL,DR: Enjoy the process rather that just the destination
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