How 58 Creative, Positive and Productive Dynamos Build Momentum

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You’ve probably read about President Obama’s morning workouts or how Ben Franklin strategically planned every hour of his day. But what if you’re not interested in running the country or… doing everything that Benny F. did? :-)

What can we do to function at our best each and every day?

How can we each build momentum in our work and in our lives? Where does that come from?

I think it has something to do with fundamentals: the daily practices that set you up to have the strongest day possible, both mentally and physically, ready to handle whatever comes your way. This approach to life has certainly helped me tremendously. But don’t just take my word for it…

The people below are consistently crushing it: showing up, doing the work, and getting results. You may recognize their names; here’s a chance to take a peek behind the curtain to see how they get it done.

You’re in for a treat: no magic here. These are simple practices that any of us have the power to integrate into our lives.

 

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Onto the movers and shakers… I reached out to people I know, have met, or follow – all of them I admire.

I asked…

What’s one daily practice you have that supports you and helps you build momentum?

And here’s what they said…

 

Lori Deschene

 

Lori Deschene – Tiny Buddha

 

The daily practice that has helped me maintain momentum with Tiny Buddha is reflecting and meditating on my “why.” I didn’t start Tiny Buddha to get somewhere, create a certain outcome, or reach a certain goal. The experience of sharing myself honestly, creating meaningful conversations, and continually evolving the site’s offerings is my destination. It’s easy to sustain momentum when momentum is the goal, because every day, you have arrived.

 

Leo Babauta

 

Leo Babauta – Zen Habits

 

I learn from everything. When I do something right, I learn from that and apply it to the next thing I try. When I fail, that’s the best learning opportunity of all.

 

Pamela Slim

 

Pamela Slim – Escape from Cubicle Nation

 

I build momentum in my life by taking time each day to remember why I am doing this work and the impact it will have on people I care about. Taking time to answer the “Why” about my work helps me with the “How.”

 

Chris Brogan

 

Chris Brogan – Human Business Works

 

I own my success by eliminating distractions.

 

Seth Godin

 

Seth Godin – site, Squidoo, The Domino Project

 

Write a blog post every day.

 


Chris Guillebeau

 

Chris Guillebeau –

The Art of Non-Conformity, Travel Hacking Cartel

I have several: regular running (and other exercise), morning coffee and evening bourbon, and thinking through the day the night before. Of the above, I think exercise is the most important—besides the bourbon, of course.

 

Jonathan Fields

 

Jonathan Fields – site

 

Every morning, I sit in meditation, usually mindfulness. It’s been incredibly powerful in not only grounding everything that happens from that point forward, but creating the space needed for ideas and solutions to bubble up from the froth of thought.

 

Carrie Wilkerson

 

Carrie Wilkerson – The Barefoot Executive

 

A kitchen timer that I use for extreme focus, deadlines and zero incoming distractions during ‘timer time.’


JD Roth

 

JD Roth – Get Rich SlowlyAwesome People

 

I’ve learned that I have to do the hard stuff and the important stuff first. That is, I start the day by tackling the things that matter most. Then, no matter what happens the rest of day, I know I’ve accomplished something worthwhile. This helps me keep momentum.

 

Pat Flynn

 

Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income

 

The best thing I can do to keep me motivated and build momentum in my business and in life is to simply talk about it with others who share similar goals. Like going to the gym or staying on a diet, it’s always easier when there’s someone else with you on the journey.

In business, I’m involved in a few mastermind groups – small groups of people who share a common passion who all work together to help each other out and hold each other accountable.

In life, I talk to my family about our goals, where we are and where we are headed. I even talk to my 17 month old son about the future, and although he probably can’t understand most of the words I’m saying to him, it’s a huge momentum builder because I don’t want to let him down.

 

Guy Kawasaki

 

Guy Kawasaki – site, Enchantment

 

The one thing that I do every day that many might say is the anti-thesis of building momentum is that I answer as much email as a I can. For example, your email! Many people believe that answering email is inefficient and ineffective. I believe it’s very hard and very effective. Few people do this. That’s what makes the people who do answer email enchanting.

 

Seamus Dever

 

Seamus Dever – actor (“Castle”)

 

I really don’t feel right unless I do something physical to start my day. It could be a run or yoga or lifting weights but it does something to relax me. It’s almost like it skims off just enough nervous energy to let me focus. I find that I get edgy and anxious, easily irritable, and sometimes depressed if I don’t do something physical to start my day. If that means losing sleep to get up early and do something then so be it.

 

Mark Sisson

 

Mark Sisson –

The Primal Blueprint, Mark’s Daily Apple

I take 15-20 minutes aside earlier in the day and have a conversation with my wife in a quiet place. We update each other on the plans for the day and share concerns and whatever deeper thoughts are surfacing. This connection helps ground us for the rest of the day in everything else we do.


Havi Brooks

 

Havi Brooks – Fluent Self

 

Aside from Shiva Nata? Mainly Shiva Nata. :) [see her in action here]

 

Neil Pasricha

 

Neil Pasricha – 1000 Awesome Things

 

I write down one awesome thing every night. It doesn’t matter if it’s the smell of gasoline, high fiving a baby, or fixing electronics by smacking them — just remembering that we’ve always got something to be thankful for helps me feel good about my day.

 

Brian Johnson

 

Brian Johnson –

PhilosophersNotes, Optimal Living 101

My #1 daily practice: Meditation.

 

Michael Bungay Stanier

 

Michael Bungay Stanier – Box of Crayons

 

Here’s how I stay focused on what I’m trying to do: pick just one Great Work Project to work on, and then define one “high value action” to take to move it forward each day. I suffer SOS – shiny object syndrome – so this “double focus” is constantly difficult and always useful.

 

Karen Walrond

 

Karen Walrond, Chookooloonks

 

Hands down, my journaling practice. I wrote about it here.

I do it every morning, and it helps me clear my head and get me going for the day. :)

 

Baker Man vs Debt

 

Baker – Man vs. Debt

 

Simple: connecting with people daily.

More than any one tangible activity – a daily commitment to connecting with people in various ways has helped me build momentum. For this to be most effective, it has to be 1-on-1. Not through Twitter or Facebook, but through a phone call, skype chat, or very personalize email.

Genuinely connecting with people – and looking for ways to help them – had paid so many wonderful dividends back to me (business and personal).

 

Jonathan Mead

 

Jonathan Mead – Illuminated Mind

 

Remember where I’ve come, and what I’ve already done. A lot of people try to do the opposite, and they measure their progress based on the ideal in the future. I think that’s a momentum killer. The best way to keep momentum going is to acknowledge the greatness you’ve already achieved.

 

Amber Rae

 

Amber Rae – Revolution.is, The Domino Project

 

Doing something I care about every day. Whether that’s writing a blog post, helping someone find direction, asking someone for help, or shipping a big project, it’s the little actions every day that lead to larger successes. Thinking less and doing more (of the things I enjoy) has helped me build momentum doing what I love.

 

Cal Newport

 

Cal Newport – Study Hacks

 

A big part of momentum, in my personal experience, is convincing your mind that what you’re doing is potentially valuable. If you’re pursuing something random, or something you’re not really in a good position to succeed at, your mind has a way of recognizing this and reacting with procrastination. One of the best defenses against this type of mental road block is start by getting good at something valuable. From this foundation it’s easy to build momentum. Many people avoid this foundation construction stage, however, because getting good at something is not always fun and exciting on the day to day scale.

 

Tony Schwartz

 

Tony Schwartz –

The Power of Full Engagement, The Energy Project

Here’s my own primary ritual: begin each day by doing the most important activity — the one’s that most challenging and has the most power to add value — first. Choose the activity before you go to sleep the night before, so you won’t waste time thinking about it when you sit down the next morning. Work without interruption for 90 minutes and then take a real renewal break — get up from your desk, take a walk, or listen to music, or have a conversation with a colleague. If 90 minutes is impossible, choose a number you can do, but no less than 45. You’ll get more good work done in this way than you will at any comparable period for the rest of the day.

 

Dirk de Bruin

 

Dirk de Bruin – Upgrade Reality

 

I have a vision board above my screen that reminds me of all the things I want in my life. You should try it :)

 

Johnny B. Truant

 

Johnny B. Truant –

The Internet Made Awesome, The Badass Project

I try always to do my most important and most focus-intensive tasks first… ideally before the rest of my family is awake if possible. For me, that’s some kind of writing. The rest of my day is mostly devoid of a regular schedule or regular practice, but that ensures that the vital stuff gets done if nothing else.

 

Charlie Gilkey

 

Charlie Gilkey – Productive Flourishing

 

The practice that’s most supportive and momentum-setting for me is getting up a bit earlier so I can have some morning quiet time. On the best days, I get up with enough time to sit outside in the sun or in a comfy chair inside and do some quiet meditation and reflection. It’s great to have some quiet time with no busyness, no shoulds, and no outside world needing to be filtered or processed. It’s sometimes hard to do the practice, but it always pays for itself tenfold.

 

Corbett Barr

 

Corbett Barr, Think Traffic

 

To maintain momentum, I constantly do my best to analyze self doubt and negative feelings whenever they creep in. I often ask myself: “what is the worst that could happen?” As well as: “does this particular issue really matter much in the bigger scheme of things?”

 

Jenny Blake

 

Jenny Blake – Life After College

 

One daily practice I have that helps me build (and maintain) momentum is waking up each morning and identifying my THREE biggest priorities (in order). Ideally, I don’t work on anything else until those three things are complete — whether it’s finishing a presentation, writing a blog post, or answering an important email. I learned this concept from Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog, and it’s helped me ensure I’m efficient, effective, and making major headway on my most important work.

 

Colin Wright

 

Colin Wright – Exile Lifestyle

 

Every day I make sure to take at least 20 minutes to just sit. No music, no doodling, no conversation, no reading. I don’t position myself in the lotus pose or prop my back up nice and straight. I sit comfortably and stare off into nothing, blurring my vision and allowing my mind to wander where it will. It’s incredible how much you’re able to process about your life, your day, things you forgot to do and things you want to do when you give your brain the freedom to make connections without trying to guide it, and without distraction.

 

Mark Silver

 

Mark Silver – Heart of Business

 

Momentum is not just one daily practice. For me it is a web, an ecosystem, if you will, of support. Conversations with my wife, playing with my boys, gardening, my mastermind/brain trust, my team, my clients, my cats, eating well, prayer practice, learning and reading new things both in my area and outside it, conversations and meals with friends, exercise outdoors all are what build momentum. Momentum is not made up of just one push of the pedal… and even with the pedaling it requires all the pieces of the bike to be in good working order to move forward easily.

 

Ashley Ambirge

 

Ash Ambirge – The Middle Finger Project

 

I’m looking at this, trying like hell to come up with a legit answer, but to be honest, I DON’T have any rituals, mostly on purpose – I like to mix things up, and that’s where my greatest source of inspiration comes from. One morning, I’ll wake up and hit the gym first. Another, I’ll wake up and jump right into my latest project. I let my mood guide me – for me, inspiration comes when it comes, and no matter what I’m doing at that time, when it comes knocking, I drop everything else and pay attention to it. :)

 

Jerry Kennedy

 

Jerry Kennedy –

The Motivation 101 Blog, Blog Whisperer

I would say the daily practice that helps me keep my momentum up is meditation/reflection. I take some time each day, usually just a few minutes in the morning and a few more before I go to bed, to just be still and quiet my “monkey mind” a little. The insights, ideas and inspiration that come from those few minutes is usually enough to keep me moving forward.

 

Jen Lemen

 

Jen Lemen – Mondo Beyondo, blog

 

I don’t know how to build momentum, but I do know that when I acknowledge my fears, thank those fears for protecting me and then release them through a ritual that I almost always experience the rush of movement needed to carry me to a new place.

 

Srinivas Rao

 

Srinivas Rao – Skool of Life, Blogcast FM

 

The one thing that helped me to build momentum above all things was the practice of writing every single day. I don’t produce masterpieces everyday. In fact I’d say that most of what I produce is not worthy of publishing. But 1 in 5 posts ends up being good and that’s what usually goes on my blog. The thing with writing everyday is you get into a groove and hit momentum. From that point forward you can’t stop.

 

John T. Unger

 

John T. Unger – artist

 

It varies every day. I try to finish as many things as possible every day so I can move on to the next. Also, I work projects in defined stages.

 

Andrea Scher

 

Andrea Scher – Mondo Beyondo, Superhero Journal

 

My one simple daily practice is walking around the block. It puts me back in my body and changes my perspective every time… My best ideas come to me (often fully formed) on walks or in the shower.

 

Sean Ogle

 

Sean Ogle – Location 180, Location Rebel

 

The one thing I do each day to help me build momentum is reiterate confidence. I’ve learned that the more confident I am, the better everything is around me, both from work to my personal life. So each day I find a way to engrain my confidence in my head even more. Sometimes its in short meditation, more often it’s while I’m working out or going for a run. This has made a bigger change than just about anything else in my life.

 

Tyler Tervooren

 

Tyler Tervooren – Advanced Riskology

 

I have a wake up call every morning with a friend that really helps me set my day straight and get started on my most important work. We hop on skype for a few minutes at 6:00 AM every day to tell each other what we’re going to do that day and then go over how we did the day before. It really forces me to think about what my most important work is because I have to get it out of my head and explain it to someone else rather than just let it mingle in the back of my mind.

 

Steve Kamb

 

Steve Kamb – Nerd Fitness

 

Although it’s more of an every-other-day thing, I build momentum in my life by building momentum with my exercise. If I did 15 pull ups during my last workout, if I can do 16 pull ups during today’s workout then I’ve gotten stronger. I look forward to each workout to see if I’ve made improvements over the last time. It’s these small success that motivate and inspire me to build small success in my online business and my life.

 

Farnoosh Brock

 

Farnoosh Brock – Prolific Living

 

I have many daily practices – early rising, meditation in the sun, Oolong tea, working from home – but I think what builds serious momentum in my life is not what I do but how I feel. So long as I am doing what aligns to my values and my passions, my momentum is through the roof. Being true to yourself is not a cliché; it works because when I was doing the opposite, I was miserable despite a very comfortable life and a lucrative income. Also, take good care of your health, a non-negotiable that one!

 

Tripp Lanier

 

Tripp Lanier – The New Man Podcast

 

As for “building momentum” this is assuming that direction has been determined. Otherwise it’s simply spinning wheels. And yet sometimes we’ve got to simply start where we are. Here’s what I’ve done in the past.

Get curious — What am I interested in? Where does my curiosity go? What sounds fun? Open this channel of communication within yourself. Be wiling to acknowledge that you want to learn and explore things. Sometimes we shut down our curiosity if doesn’t seem like we’ll make money doing it or it’ll change our life in some way. Screw it. Open up the flow of curiosity.

Identify one thing you can do today/this week that will be a step in that direction — Keep it simple. It might be edgy. It might be a little boring. It should not be terrifying. If it’s terrifying, make the step smaller. Make sure it’s measurable. Give it a deadline. Follow through. Get it done.

Repeat — keep identifying the next steps based on what you’re curious about. Keep following through. Step by step. Hire a coach to accelerate your process. Tell friends what you’re doing. They’ll ask you about it and this will inspire you to continue to make progress. Make the process fun and you’ll want to stay engaged. When you fall off, get back on.

 

Dave Ursillo

 

Dave Ursillo – Lead Without Followers

 

Small victories. Frame each tiny objective that you conquer (even those that others don’t know about, see or discuss) as a rung on the ladder to your bigger goal. And always remain fluid, open and innovative on the path… momentum comes not from struggling against the currents but from riding both the waves and the tides: whatever life and this world provides you.

 

Ben Whitehair

 

Ben Whitehair – actor, Playbills vs. Paying Bills

 

There are two daily things that really help me build momentum in my life and various careers.

First of all, I have a google doc in which I write down what I did every day towards my career. This helps me ensure that I do at least one thing every day towards my goals, even it’s small. It’s stunning how quickly these little things add up.

I also make sure that when I wake up before checking my email, phone, or even opening my computer, that I do one thing that I want to do. It’s so easy to start reacting to the things other people are throwing at you, that taking even 10 minutes to stretch, write in your journal, read, whatever…makes all the difference in the world. Starting the day on your terms has a profound effect.

 

Eliot Burdett

 

Eliot Burdett – Lifestyle for Success

 

Every day for the last 22 months I have started my day by meditating. I rise very early in the morning, usually around 430 am, 7 days a week and sit still for about 30 minutes while I watch my breath and clear my mind. This daily practice has made me more calm, more energized, better able to focus my mind, better able to be in the present and better able to see things clearly. I am able to start every day in a way that is consistent with how I want to live my life.

 

Nate Damm

 

Nate Damm – Nate Walks America

 

A practice that I do on a daily basis to keep myself focused and continue to build momentum towards my goals is I take a few minutes to just sit down and concentrate on nothing but my breathing in and out. I often do this several times a day. It helps me to relax and also to clear my mind of unnecessary worries, which puts my focus on things that are actually important.

 

Joel Runyon

 

Joel Runyon – Blog of Impossible Things

 

I try to do some form of exercise every day. This doesn’t always happen, but even doing something as simple as 25 pushups gives me a jolt of energy and keeps me from losing momentum and getting out of habit in my workouts.

 

Alexandra Jaye

 

Alexandra Jaye – My Goddess Life

 

I build momentum by rockin’ my nutrition, meditation & movement practice. And, I simplify, prioritize and set small goals to set myself up to win! I get in my flow when I keep it simple & show up every day!! :)

 

Josh Roa

 

Josh Roa – 80-Day Millionaire

 

Maybe not a staple for some but I’ve found it to be of great value for me and that is daily prayer. Prayer in the morning (and night if I’m especially proactive) allows me to focus on the 3 most important things in my life, taking care of my family, taking care of my family, taking care of my family. Take that away and I’d be a man without a purpose but focus on it and it has a ripple effect across all other facets of my life, helping me to set a better sail toward all of my goals.

 

Jacob Sokol

 

Jacob Sokol – Sensophy

 

I meditate. It helps me keep my mind on what matters and cut straight through the chaotic disillusions that seem so solid.

 

 

Dusti Arab – Undefinable You

 

Analyze the phrase “Go with the flow.” Use it in every sense possible and watch the momentum build.

 

Lachlan Cotter

 

Lachlan Cotter – Art of Audacity

 

Meditation—practicing presence. Hugely powerful. Do the most important thing first. Talk it up. Make time for fun. I suck at all of them sometimes. But when I do them, I feel it.

 

Jason Kotecki

 

Jason Kotecki – Escape Adulthood

 

Hands down, I pray. It keeps me grateful for what I have, focused on what’s important, and inspired to make a difference. It reminds me that I’m neither as important or terrible as I think I am sometimes, and that I’m not in this alone.

 

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Emilie Wapnick – Puttylike

 

I try to go for a gratitude jog every morning. I spend this time going over every person and thing in my life that I’m grateful for. Then I switch over to visualizations and imagine all of my dreams as though I’m already living them. The whole thing takes about 20 minutes, gives me a good boost of energy and puts me in a wicked productive state.

 

Joel D. Canfield

 

Joel D. Canfield – Finding Why, Canfield of Dreams

 

Every morning we have a cup of tea and discuss the day ahead, and share any concerns or challenges we’re facing. Since we work as a team, touching base every single day helps avoid dropping the communication ball. It also helps us revisit our priorities and goals to make sure that we’re doing what’s important and not just what’s on our to-do list.
Days when I just get up and start working, I usually finish one or two important tasks. Days when we agree on a checklist of important tasks, I usually finish five or six important tasks.

 

Mykel Dixon

 

Mykel Dixon – the b. movement

 

Writing every morning gives me a strong foundation to build momentum. Could be a stream of consciousness, ideas for a song or lists, goals and plans. Content isnt important. Its having a sacred daily space to sift through my thoughts that gives me the power and clarity I need to keep moving forward. (I recommend 750words.com)

 

Assaf Cohen

 

Assaf Cohen – actor

 

Momentum is an elusive thing, especially for actors.  For me, I try to focus on eating well, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and gently distancing yourself from persistently negative people who spew negative energy.  Life’s challenging enough as it is.

 

Shannyn Frugal Beautiful

 

Shannyn Allan – Frugal Beautiful

 

The one thing I do each day to build momentum is reaching out- every day I find even small ways to connect with others and it totally energizes me.  I either make it a point to shoot a text to an old friend to check in, or I’ll take a few minutes to write to someone I find online to build connections.  Every nugget of wisdom or word of encouragement from another person (no matter how it arrives) seems to lead to even greater connection and inspiration and builds a strong network I adore.

 

James McWhinney

 

James McWhinney – Your Greatest Life

 

I don’t have any ONE practice that i use to build momentum; but rather i have a number of practices that I do that allow me to live and fulfill  my potential by doing activities that leave me highly energised and spiritually connected. These are my daily fundamentals: exercise, meditation, healthy eating, journalling, giving and appreciating.

 

There are some definite themes here: mindfulness, exercise, dreaming, creativity…

So grateful to all that contributed!

 

A couple of items for YOU:

  1. If you’re feeling inspired to create a positive habit in your life (maybe one of the ones you saw mentioned above), I’m launching a 30-day challenge on Tuesday, June 21st – take the plunge and upgrade your life! [UPDATE: challenge completed!]
  2. Let us know – what is one of your daily practices?

 

I’d love to hear your answer along with any other comments you have below.

Until next time,
Nathan

 

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Former life: actor/office worker/virtual assistant; lived in Los Angeles for 11 years. Since then: sold nearly everything, took a $5 flight to Hawaii, lived there for 3 months, wrote an eGuide about all of it, and still traveling. Currently: digital nomad – looking to improve myself, have fun and serve others.

28 comments on “How 58 Creative, Positive and Productive Dynamos Build Momentum
  1. Electra says:

    Wow! Great compliation! Enjoyed seeing how inspiring people on purpose gain momentum. May the Nonstop Awesomeness train keep truckin’! Good work :)

  2. Nathan! This is so cool. Tons of great insight. Thanks so much for pulling this together and sharing with us. and thanks for the invite to join in as well.
    Eliot

    • Nathan says:

      absolutely my pleasure Eliot – thanks so much for sharing how you’re rocking it. i’m a big fan of meditation, too. 22 months is awesome! good thing this whole life thing isn’t a competition… ;-)

  3. Farnoosh says:

    Oh my goodness, this is an INCREDIBLE compilation as electra above has said – I am not one for stealing words but she used the best one :)!
    Seriously, Nathan, SO so honored you asked me to join this group and what an awesome resource. You can bet I’ll be sharing it everywhere, starting on my Facebook fan page. Way to go!

    • Nathan says:

      totally loved pulling it all together and reading how the people i admire get the work done. thanks so much for your support, enthusiasm, and sharing! :-)

  4. Dave Ursillo says:

    Pretty epic post you’ve got here, Nathan, congrats on it and thank you for including me among these movers and shakers. Hope we help your readers and friends build momentum in their personal circles!

    D

    • Nathan says:

      yeah – right on, Dave! really appreciate your contribution and love what you’re up to as well – may the momentum continue!

  5. Jacob Sokol says:

    I thought HAMMER-TIME was played out but dude, you nailed this. Good shit!

  6. Joel says:

    Thanks for including me man. Really glad to be a part of a great list like this. Loved Leo’s response :). Learn from everything.

    • Nathan says:

      How could I NOT include how Mr. Impossible gets stuff done?! That’s momentum. But seriously – you only do 25 pushups? I would have thought that since you’ve demonstrated you can do 100, that would be your daily practice! :-)

  7. Really interesting list, very provocative and inspiring to hear what productive people do!

    • Nathan says:

      absolutely – and thanks so much for contributing Tony. your routine and talk about ultradian rhythms has been amazing to integrate into my own life – thank you!

    • Nathan says:

      **choosing the most important activity for the next day before you go to sleep** — brilliant. i started this practice a while back, and have really loved it! glad you brought this point up!

  8. Sean says:

    Pretty epic post Nathan :) Keep up the good work and hope to see you again soon!

    • Nathan says:

      thanks buddy – really appreciate you sharing your practice. thanks for the specific ideas on how you bring confidence into your life – i think it definitely has to do with connecting with what fires us up and inspires us. rock on, and yes – I’ll be seeing ya soon!

  9. GREAT stuff! I feel the momentum building already. :)

    • Nathan says:

      sweet. watch out world – if this dude gets any more inspired, we may just see a planetary takeover! :-)

  10. Lee Knowlton says:

    Excellent piece of work Nathan. Your site has really come a long way since I met you in Honolulu at the AONC meeting.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.

    • Nathan says:

      wow – thank you so much Lee! i really appreciate you checking in – and yeah, it was great to meet in Honolulu! looks like you’re doing very well in Japan!

      so what’s 1 daily practice you have?

      • Lee Knowlton says:

        Thanks for the reply. Tokyo is wonderful so far. I’m getting ready for a big move pretty soon to the west coast of Japan.

        Every day I open the curtains to let the morning light in. It’s a wonderful feeling.

  11. Josh McCaughey says:

    Great Post. One essential detail missing from this post is a PRINT NOW button! This stuff is worth the 10-20 pages :)

  12. Nathan:

    Really well done post. I think Chris Brogan’s idea resonated most with me: “I own my success by eliminating distractions.”

    I’m completely on board with the idea behind your new habits challenge. I have changed so many things about myself just by doing them (or stopping doing them) for 30 days. It works like a charm for everything I’ve tried.

    Great blog – discovered it via Mark Sisson. Look forward to reading more.

    Susan

    • Nathan says:

      thanks so much for coming over Susan – I love Mark’s work and was excited to include him here. Thrilled to hear what you’ve been up to!

      So how do you build momentum each day? :-)

  13. Truly an honor to be a part of the list bro, especially with some of the big hitters you’ve featured.

    Just to confirm, what’s your daily fix to start the day a better way?…

    • Nathan says:

      thrilled to include ya here, mr. big hitter.

      for me, my absolutely non-negotiable one at this point is meditation: at 400+ days in a row and counting. i also have a bunch of other daily commitments, ranging from nutrition to connecting with others. really tapping into what makes me feel most alive and doing more of that! :-)

      thanks again josh!

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  4. […] collected the tips that spoke to me (see excerpts below), but you can also click here to read Nathan’s post (and the complete list) to hopefully discover some pointers that reach […]

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