9 Daily Habits that will Make You Smarter

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Does it seem that some people are just born lucky? Born to be successful? Well….yes and no. The place that we are born and the parents that we are born to can definitely play a factor in how our lives turn out. I’m a second generation Mexican-American. My mom was the youngest of 12 children born into a migrant farm working family in San Antonio, TX. As I sit here writing this blog, I’m in my hi-rise apartment overlooking the city of Los Angeles. I’m a long way from where my mother was born in San Antonio, TX. I’m actually a long way from where I was born in San Bernardino, CA. I’ve made my own luck. I’ve created my own success and I’m here to tell you some of my daily rituals that contribute to my success and have helped me to have better luck in life.
1. New Ideas: We all have cell phones and they all have a section for notes. As you go through your day, stop to take a second when you have an “Ah Ha” moment. You’ll be surprised how many ideas actually go through your head every single day. If I’m driving I use the voice recorder but other than that I take a minute to jot down ideas throughout the day, every single day. I call it: Daily Notes. On the weekend, I take 10 minutes to review my notes and see what my ideas have been through the week. I always amaze myself. There are usually ideas there that are true keepers. Maybe it’s buy flowers for the wife OR maybe it’s a great marketing idea that I want to roll out on Monday. Start taking notes today and review them on the weekend. I promise that you will be amazed when you start to catalog all your ideas and realize how smart you really are!
2. Tell Yourself That You Are Smart and Beautiful: Some of us grew up hearing lots of praise and others didn’t. I was told over and over all my life how smart I was and how successful I would be and that I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. I know that I’m lucky like that. I know most people didn’t grow up like that. I took it for granted. I’d say “Yeah yeah, I know.” And then when I got out in the real world, it hit me: Everyone didn’t grow up with massive praise the way that I did. As women, we constantly think that we that we are not good enough. Make sure to take 10 seconds every morning and look in the mirror and say:
a. You are beautiful.
b. You are perfect.
c. You are smart.
d. You are successful.
e. You ARE enough!
3. Read more: That seems obvious doesn’t it? The more we read, the more we know. Today reading is easier than ever on our phones with just one click. The problem is finding the right things to read, instead of just filling our minds with more junk.
4. Keep a journal: Do you know that journaling actually makes you smarter? Remember when you were a kid and you had a secret diary with a lock? Treat life with that excitement today. Get a journal and pour your heart out into it. Summarize your day. Plan your life. Set goals. Day dream or just vent! It’s the same principle as when you took notes in college: writing it down helps to retain the information.
5. Share: What’s the point of having knowledge if you don’t share it? Sharing information, whether it’s verbally or via email or a blog, actually helps you to retain that info. So share away!
6. Scale up your social circle. My wife and I are always looking for people that know more than we do, have a more successful business than we do, have been in a relationship longer than us and/or make more money than we do so that we can learn from them and absorb their lifestyle and behavioral patterns. What’s the point of being a shark in a fishbowl? I don’t want to be at the top of my social circle. I want to learn from the best, hang out with the best and pick their brains. Always remember this: You are the reflection of the 5 closest people to you. Family doesn’t count, because you weren’t given a choice. But other than that, take a look around. Who are your 5 closest people? Do you like what you see? That is your mirror. Like it or not. Believe it or not, it’s true. I usually don’t have anywhere near 5 people in my inner circle. I’m very guarded about letting people in. They have to bring value to my life in some way. Otherwise I just don’t have the time or a need for extra clutter in my life, including too many people. My inner circle is usually just 1 or 2 people and that’s good enough for me. Don’t get me wrong. I can walk into a room and know a hundred people and chat all night long. But when it comes to being up close and personal. I’m good with 1 or 2 and honestly, that’s probably my “only child syndrome” kicking in!
7. Meditate: This is so frequently the key to success in life, whether it’s business or personal. You MUST find quiet time for yourself to reflect or simply just sit mindless every day. I dedicate the first 15 minutes of my day, 7 days a week to meditation. It’s hard and my mind does wander. I found an app that makes it easier: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It’s based on his book, written in 1936! The book is a timeless classic. But the app takes the core principles and breaks it down to a 13 minute daily meditation. Spend $9.99 and invest in developing the practice of daily meditation.
8. Turn off the TV: We have become a society of mindless robots. We spend too much time in front of the TV, just zoned out, eating and drinking. Do you know that a common cause of weight gain is late night TV watching? It’s true. Late night TV watchers can frequently be found with snacks and cocktails as they enjoy their mindless alone time in front of the TV after the family has gone to bed. I don’t keep any junk food in my house. So if I’m watching TV late at night there is absolutely nothing to eat, except maybe an apple or some almonds! And that’s not too exciting. It doesn’t motivate me to walk into the kitchen. And that’s a good thing!
9. Ask Questions: Do you remember when you were in school and your teacher said “There are no stupid questions”? It’s absolutely true. We learn by asking. It starts as soon as we learn to talk and should continue until the day we die. But that’s not usually the case. Frequently once we reach our teen years, we think we know it all and stop asking questions. How about if we all approach life with a wide eyed innocence and desire to learn?
So there you have it, my thoughts on how to get smarter by the day. I hope you enjoyed this blog. As always I write from the heart and from my own personal life experiences. If you liked it, please click “like” and share it with your friends! Be sure to subscribe to my blog so that you never miss an episode of “Trish-Talk.”
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