EP137 How to Use “Morning Pages” to Focus your Mind

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In this episode, I share about the incredible power of my morning routine called Morning Pages, and how it helps me clear my mind and gives me focus for the day ahead.


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BOL 137

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Episode 137

[INTRODUCTION]

KC:  Welcome to the Business of Life podcast. My name is Keith Callahan. And today, I want to talk to you about my personal therapy session. So check this out.

I have been doing this process called Morning Pages. And I’ve mentioned this in a few of the previous podcasts but wanted to dedicate an episode specifically to this because it is just such a powerful tool that I’m using right now.

So, Morning Pages is for me, it’s a mood stabilizer. It’s a brain stabilizer. Right now, it’s more powerful than meditation. It’s just one of these things that is having such a profound impact on my mental clarity and on the state that I’m walking around with each day. And it’s really simple.

So first thing I do when I wake up in the morning – so let me just take a step back. I’m one of these – and sorry, if I sound all nasally today. I have a cold. Sniffling there.

So, I’m the type of person that my mind can get attached to things and then it just runs and runs and runs and it does it in two ways. I can get attached to negative things and then I can also get attached to things that I’m excited about.

What I love about the Morning Pages is it allows me to stabilize both things because if I’m really excited, I can actually get like an emotional hangover. I get so excited, I get so focused and I’ll spend like two or three days just being just kind of off my rocker like focusing in, getting excited on things that I want to do, things that I’m – like places that I’m going with work.

And then I have other times where I’ll just focus in and worry about things and I have a hard time letting that go. And the Morning Pages stabilizes both of those.

And Morning Pages is real simple. It’s three full, full pages. So you sit down and you write. And usually, it takes me about 20 minutes. But I don’t time it. I’ve checked a few times. But you just write. You write three full pages and you literally just sit there and you start writing. There’s no rhyme, no reason to it. It is literally a brain dump, a brain stabilizer.

And when you start writing it, maybe something like, “Sitting here writing my Morning Pages. This is boring. Why do I do this every day? Oh, I’m excited. I’m excited about this one thing that I’ve been focusing on. And I’m comfortable, comfortable sitting in this chair. I could use coffee. I forgot to get my coffee this morning.”

And then it just keeps going like it’s literally whatever comes into your mind goes from your mind on to the paper. And the concept of just writing it, just writing it slows down your mind.

So here’s one of the things that I love this description about journaling or writing like this. It enhances the positive and it dissipates the negative. Pen to paper enhances the positive and dissipates the negative.

And that’s what I love about Morning Pages. That’s what I love about just writing the – and you don’t even do anything with it.

But what it has done for me is it has helped me when I get into those states where I’m just crazy excited. I’m still excited but all the thoughts and stuff that I’m excited about have gotten drained on to the page. That’s why it’s called like the brain drain or the brain stabilizer.

So, I’m going to encourage you to try it. Try it for a week. First thing you do when you get up in the morning, try writing those Morning Pages.

All right. Have a beautiful, beautiful day. Peace!

[FINAL MESSAGE]

KC: Hey, Keith here, and today I have a free gift for you. Listen this free gift is a list of the 12 most influential books that I’ve ever read. These are the books that have helped me to create the mindset, learn the philosophies, learn the skills to really create this big, beautiful, life that we’re living now.

I read a crazy amount of books, I really do. I’ve probably read thousands of books and these are the top 12 books that – they’re the ones that I go to, they’re the ones that I work with over, and over, and over again. They are highlighted, outlined, dog-eared. And I put this list together for you because I want it to be a shortcut.

I don’t want you to have to – you don’t have to go out and read the thousands and thousands of books. These are the 12 that I highly recommend. I have a detailed review for each book, explaining why I recommend them, why I like them, when I worked with them in my life, what part of my life they helped me to improve.

So I put this together for you, and made it super each for you to get this list. All you have to do is send a text to the number 33444 and then in the body of that text, type in “12books” with no space. So that’s the number “12books”. Again, send the text message to the number, address it to 33444 and then type in “12books” as the message and just send that. And that’ll get you setup to receive those top 12 most influential books that have had the biggest impact on my life.

[SPONSOR MESSAGE]

KC: Today’s episode is brought to you by our sister podcast, All About Beachbody Coaching. So All About Beachbody Coaching really allows us to do this podcast without having all those annoying commercials in the beginning for you. So All About Beachbody Coaching, the Beachbody business that Amy and I run, actually funds this podcast.

So yes, it does cost money to run this podcast, we do not charge you anything, we don’t throw in commercials or anything like that, it really is, it’s funded by our business and by our other podcast, All About Beachbody Coaching. And for me, I’m just eternally grateful for this opportunity because it’s allowed me to really create the life that I love to live.

It’s given me the opportunity to do what I want, when I want, with who I want, and even deeper than that, it’s allowed me to help others to create the same for themselves. It’s allowed me to help hundreds of other people become part time or full time Beachbody coaches, to leave that corporate 9 to 5 job and create passive income in their lives.

And really there’s nothing like that. It’s cool when you have success, it’s so much more rewarding when you help others. So I mention this or a few reasons, the first reason is, that’s actually the way that I work with people and mentor people. I don’t do anything outside of Beachbody coaching because I know that it’s such a powerful life changing tool.

So if you’re curious about working with me, interested in working one-on-one, interested in creating the type of life that you wanna live, I suggest swinging over there. The other reason is, even if somebody’s just curious, like you’ve heard about Beachbody, you know there’s a lot of Beachbody coaches out there. Maybe some of them you get a little annoyed with.

It really dives into what this business is really about, which is life transformation. So if you’re just curious, swing over there. And then the other piece is, if you’re really considering becoming a Beachbody coach, I highly, highly recommend you listen to that first.

Alright, much love guys. Again, that is the All About Beachbody Coaching Podcast, our sister podcast.

ANNOUNCER: Thank you for listening to the Business of Life Podcast. Apply what you learned today and you’ll be one step closer to creating the life you love to live.

 

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