Where we are: 2017 – cycle 2 – Week 1: Enthusiasm – day 6.
What does a key, a metal plate and an eccentric artist have to do with enthusiasm?
Perhaps one of the most under-rated and short changed tools in our quest to be more successful, confident and feeling better about ourselves is:- sleep.
Salvador Dali was known (among notable others) for taking naps, he would sit in a chair to nap whilst holding a key.
napping worked for Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein and Edison. – these guys were pretty enthusiastc, sorry ladies I couldn’t find any documented examples of famous lady nappers – but I’m sure there are some.
Please, do yourself a favour:- don’t discount this, it’s so important.
Yes, take your sleep seriously! if you are not sleeping 6-7 hours a night and rising refreshed and energised ready to get on with your exciting mission to build a better life for yourself; then something isn’t right.
some of the world’s greatest leaders can give us some clues.
Bill Gates 7hrs
Richard Branson 6hrs
Elon Musk 6hrs
Jeff Bezos 7hrs
Wether these people also take naps isn’t known but no-one can say they are lacking in energy, drive or enthusiasm.
How long do you spend in bed at night?
if it’s longer than 8 hrs then maybe you’re staying in bed too long.
You see, it’s not necessarily the quantity of sleep but it’s quality that is important, and by staying in bed too long you could be only entering a light sleep.
Try to get a deeper more refreshing sleep:
Shut off all blue light sources (cellphones, tablets, tv, laptop, computer) at least 1 hour before going to bed.
Make sure your bedroom is a comfortable temperature.
Make sure your bedding is comfortable.
Get some exercise earlier in the day.
Avoid a heavy meal 3hrs before bedtime.
Meditate or enjoy yoga to calm your mind and body.
Think about pain and discomfort in your body – you won’t sleep well if you have some.
Do whatever it takes to make every one of these things happen.
Begin, then, by reducing the amount of sleep you are having by 15 minutes a night.
Go to bed at the same time.
Set an alarm 15 minutes earlier than you would usually rise.
Put the alarm across the room, so you have to get up to turn it off.
Once you are up, you’re up – get after your mission.
keep doing this for 2 weeks and evaluate how you feel.
keep dropping your time in bed by 10 – 15 minutes until you begin to feel refreshed and ready to get on with the day, this will probably be your optimum sleep time.
Use naps if you have to. – you will be filled with energy and enthusiasm.
but don’t over-do naps, use Salvador Dali’s technique of holding the key, when he nodded off to sleep it would fall from his hand and strike the metal plate – waking him up, he woke afreshed and ready to get back to enthusiastically creating his strange worlds.