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Building A Morning Routine To Set Yourself Up For Success
12th February 2024 • The Google Ads Podcast • Solutions 8
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Kasim and Ralph talk about morning routines for success. They share their personal habits that set the tone for their productive days. They emphasize the importance of having a consistent morning routine, even if it's not as extensive as theirs.

They also mention practices like gratitude meditation, waking up early, and cold plunges to start the day right. They stress that developing a routine and listening to your body's needs can lead to increased productivity and success in various aspects of life.


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0:00 Building A Morning Routine To Set Yourself Up For Success

1:53 Kasim's morning routine

2:18 Kasim's favorite part of the morning- doing a cold plunge

3:20 The importance of waking up early

5:36 Listen to your body

7:37 A morning routine is a recipe for success

8:16 The importance of getting enough sleep

9:36 Utilize apps to help build your routine


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Kasim:

Some of our more important and more popular videos that we've

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done on our YouTube channel, which

is over on perpetual traffic.

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com forward slash YouTube are more

along the lines of personal, development

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niche, not necessarily traffic tips.

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and I'm throwing this one out to you,

but maybe we can banter just a little

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bit here of some of the things that we

do on a day to day basis or some habits

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that have helped us get to that next

level of success, for me personally,

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talking about just what we talked about.

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I do a meditation every morning

called a gratitude meditation, I

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think it's either seven to 12 minutes.

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Unfortunately, I didn't do it

this morning because I had to

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rush off to the auto dealership.

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But usually I do it the

first thing in the morning.

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It just sets the whole day

and on the right path for me.

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Mindvalley was a customer

of ours for years and years.

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huge fan of Vishen Lakhyani.

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There's a lot of people that

you can follow out there.

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the apps that they have in there

is gratitude apps that you can find

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them on YouTube as well for free,

but definitely check out Mindvalley.

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Anything like that, that

sets the day on that path.

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it's continuously reminds you of

the things that you're grateful for.

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And by extension, the whole idea for

gratitude is what you put out there.

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You receive back more from it.

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So I'm a big believer in that.

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So that's one of the hacks

that I do every single day.

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There's actually an app.

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Friend of mine uses all the

time called the gratitude app,

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which is actually a cool app.

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I don't use it quite as much,

but that's one of the sort of the

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hacks that I start my day with.

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How about you, Kazim?

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I love that, dude.

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so you're talking about

my favorite topic, Ralph.

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You probably need to shut me up.

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I, publish my habit journey

every morning to Instagram.

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There's a story.

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I wake up at four o'clock in the morning.

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I work out.

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I do what I call deep work, which is,

visualization, affirmation, prayer.

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I'll read something that feeds my soul.

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Right now, I'm actually reading

the Bible, which is interesting

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because I'm not, what I would

consider to be theologically aligned.

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But it's a book that's

important to a lot of people.

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And I was raised Baptist, and so there's

some, call it indoctrination there for me.

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I do a sauna.

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I do a cold plunge.

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that's my favorite part of the morning.

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Yeah, we've talked about the cold plunge.

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I do a cold plunge every morning.

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I don't recommend the cold plunge,

the brand, if you're from plunge

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and you're listening, hear me.

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cause that damn thing breaks down so much.

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I've had that tech out to

my house six fricking times.

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but dude, there's

nothing like an ice bath.

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Like it's an, both just

mentally and physically.

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and I do the gratitude journal too.

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I actually, I was encouraged by a friend,

who's on this podcast, Christine Marie.

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I was inconsistent with it and so she

challenged me to write five things

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every day and I've been tracking

since she told me and I think as of

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this morning I'm on number 1, 415.

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Wow, which is fun.

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You know what I mean?

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I've, it's only been this year,

obviously, but, I think over time

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you'd start to extrapolate that.

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You'd start to build up things and you

realize how much you have to be grateful

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for it to the point that you made at

the beginning of the show and do it.

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I don't think there's anything better or

more effective you can do for yourself

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than wake up early in the morning.

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there was a really interesting study.

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It was a multivariant study of outstanding

successes across the United States.

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Every potential level of analysis.

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So they had CEOs, obviously

entrepreneurs, but also military

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generals and, Olympic athletes.

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And the one common denominator

among all of them is waking up

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two hours before their peers.

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And that's what really separated

it's a more productive timeline.

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Two hours in the morning is worth

four hours throughout the day.

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People aren't there to mess with you.

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You're, juiced up and hyperproductive.

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and dude, I'm a night

owl is the other thing.

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People are like, ah, that's easy

for you, you're a morning person.

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No, I'm not.

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if I had my druthers, I would live

my life at around 2am with a pot of

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coffee, a pack of Newport cigarettes,

a stack of books, and my journal.

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And that would be, that would just

be, that's heaven for me, Ralph.

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that is, I love nothing

more than going to IHOP.

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And sitting out on the patio,

and smoking myself to death,

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and drinking too much coffee.

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But all those things are ruinous

for your health, and so waking up

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early keeps me from doing Anyway,

that's more than you wanted to know.

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But that's my habit stack.

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And so to get up at 4.

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I know we've talked about this before,

but it's probably like the last

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time We did a live podcast together.

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We're going to try and do one next week.

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Cause we're actually going

to be in Cancun together.

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We're going to be like, I hope we can,

cause it's going to be all kinds of,

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super smart people there and bring a

lot of that juicy goodness over to a

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professional traffic hopefully next week.

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But the last time I think we spoke,

we talked about all the habits and

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what you do and to get up at four

o'clock in the morning is meeting them.

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Yeah.

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When do you go to bed?

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I know you've got young kids, but

is it like eight, nine o'clock?

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Is it that I'm in bed by

nine 30 and I'm asleep by 10.

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So invite by nine 30

read for a little bit.

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and then I'll be asleep by 10.

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And the other thing I do for myself is

about once a week when I'm done with

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my habits, usually like a Saturday

or Sunday, I'll go back to bed.

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So I'll do that whole stack that I

just mentioned, it takes me about

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two hours, two and a half sometimes.

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And then after my cold plunge, if I'm

still exhausted, I listen to my body and

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I'll go get another, hour and a half.

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Because I don't think you should be tired.

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But 4am arbitrary, it could be 2am.

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the important thing is just being able

to get up when your alarm goes off.

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It's like whenever it is you've decided

to wake up, that's the commitment

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and that's the habit to cultivate.

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The alarm goes off and I fly

out of bed and I keep, my wife

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and I keep our phones out of our

bedroom for weird hippie reasons.

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and I'll fly to my phone and I take a

picture of my watch and that's the very

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first thing I post to Instagram is bam,

4am, I took that from Jocko Willink.

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And so I think if you want to cultivate

a habit, maybe 4am is a little excessive.

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right now, but just go cultivate the

habit of getting right out of bed.

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Cause staying in bed, hitting

snooze, scrolling through your

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phone, like all that stuff.

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That's deadly.

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horrible way to start your morning.

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I jump out of bed, grab my phone,

take that picture, throw on

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my gym clothes, and I'm in the

garage where I work out by 4 or 3.

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And my workouts aren't great.

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been offered that criticism.

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Somebody on Instagram was like, is

that the best time to do a workout?

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And the answer is no.

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they're not exceptionally inspiring.

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It'd probably be better if I did it after

the cold plunge, cause the cold plunge.

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spikes your testosterone, but I like it

cause it's just a great way to wake up.

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you just instantly start moving.

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I thought you went to Orange Theory

in the morning, and then you'd

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have to drive and then go and.

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No, I used to do Orange Theory.

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Yeah, I go straight to the

gym, straight to the garage.

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I don't like leaving my house.

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it's inefficient.

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And the time you have to

spend is, it's costly.

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for me to go to the

gym, a 15 minutes ride.

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both ways.

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Yeah.

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it's a half hour time lost.

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but every episode though, you

could listen to you get smarter.

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A hundred percent.

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I could go back and listen

to previous episodes.

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I think you have to have a morning

routine to a certain degree.

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And I think yours is an extreme routine.

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I would suffice to say it's probably

more than most people are doing,

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but I think the idea of having a

routine that you stick to every day

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without fail is a recipe for success.

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if you just get up.

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I find this every time I get up at 5 a.

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m.

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I don't do it ordinarily.

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It's anywhere between 6 and and 6 30.

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I need more sleep than you.

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There's no doubt about it.

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And then I look at my whoop, which is,

the thing that sort of, I like, it's

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all about recovery and strain and sleep

and all these other sorts of things,

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which I really do like sometimes.

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I don't know how accurate it is.

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It tells me I need a certain amount

of sleep and it's more than six hours.

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A hundred percent.

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So I couldn't do what you're doing

unless I went to bed earlier.

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So you do you have to listen to your body?

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I think that's one of the things,

especially with the health

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issues that both of us have

had the last couple of years.

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It's like you do have to listen to your

body before I am working out is too

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much for you, then you shouldn't do it.

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Yeah, and I've taken things

too far to I've, learned that

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lesson a couple of times.

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So that's probably good advice

for everybody listening.

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the very least, the cold plunge idea,

like I swear to God, like this makes

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such a difference in my productivity

is doesn't work quite as well in

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the summer because the cold isn't so

good in the shower, but going from

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hot to cold in the shower, and we've

talked about this before on the show.

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It's a hard thing to do, but I did it

this morning than the plunge, for sure.

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Cause you have to physically

stand there and turn around.

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We've talked about that a little

bit here on the show before, but

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I'll tell you what, that wakes you

like you died on a cup of coffee.

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I'm a huge coffee guy,

like really good coffee.

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Like I am ready.

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For the day when I do that, at the very

least have some kind of routine, some

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of these apps are really good for it.

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Like I said, I have the dictionary app.

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So I learned new word every morning.

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Is that then I've got like this

gratitude app and then mind valley.

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and, or YouTube videos, there's

a six phase meditation by

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Vishal Akyani who I love.

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That's about 20 minutes.

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If I only have 10 minutes, I do this

other gratitude meditation by Tom Cronin

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who I really Some people can't stand him,

but I actually think he's really good.

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And he's also got a YouTube video,

but it's like starting the day that

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way your mind is just so clear.

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Even if you don't work out, I'm more

of a nighttime workout guy, but I do

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it in the morning when I'm traveling.

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I actually feel.

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So much better like next week.

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I mean you really work out right?

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you lift heavy weights.

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Yeah, I work out inspiring You'd

make fun if you saw my workout.

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it's about moving the body, I

think is the important part to it.

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It's if I get up and I have motion

immediately in the morning, I almost

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think like I'm getting that benefit.

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The cold shower definitely makes me move.

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I'm like, it gives you that jolt.

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So it's almost like artificially doing

it, but yeah, it depends on what types

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of workouts that you do really, but

next week when we're in Cancun, I'll

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probably be down in the pool at 6 AM.

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doing laps, which is great.

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I love that.

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Oh, dude, I'm cold plunging

in Cancun, by the way.

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Oh, really?

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Yeah, my EA, it's an all inclusive

resort, which means you can ask

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for really obnoxious things.

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And, my EA figured out that they'll bring

me the ice that I need in the morning.

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I'm gonna get the bags of ice brought.

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my god, that's awesome.

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And I'm gonna try to talk some Driven

members that are doing cold bath with me.

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So you'll be one of them.

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All right.

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that'd be like the perfect thing

for me to do, right after a swim.

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Yeah, so we'll coordinate on that.

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