You can see it as clear as day:

  • An 8-bedroom house beside the beach
  • Annual 3-month vacation to exotic locations
  • The people you once dreamed of becoming are your best friends

You vision your success so vividly, it’s as if you’re already there.

You don’t consider the sacrifices for success — all the things you gave up to reach that level.

No one ever talks about making sacrifices to achieve their goals.

You only hear about the good stuff. They tell you how fulfilling it is to read messages from the people they’ve helped and how relieving it is to…

7 doesn’t sound like a big number.

It’s only 7. Not 23. Not 54.

How much do you get done in a week-7 days?

Your answer is probably ‘not much’.

Days pass you by so quickly. Weeks go by without you realizing it.

You wait for the weekend to come, then it’s over, so you wait for the next. All that happens in between is a filler.

You lie your head on your pillow Friday night and realize you didn’t make any progress that week. You barely even started the project you said you would last month. You haven’t exercised…

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver

We only get one. It’s not as long as we wish. We don’t know when it will end.

You look around and sense a tug in your heart. You love your life. It’s not all you dreamed of, but it’s still pretty fantastic if you’d say so yourself. You think about your family and career and achievements and feel nostalgia when you recall the hard journey you’ve overcome to reach where you are today.

It might not be perfect-but your life is awesome…

Note: Life is worth it. If you are having suicidal thoughts, call a suicide hotline and ask for help. Here is a list of the suicidal hotlines around the world.

Do you ever feel like life is pointless?

You wake up and have breakfast, then you go to school or work, do the same things you do every day, come home, go to sleep, then do it all again the next day.

You live the same day on repeat, waiting for the big bang moment to change your life.

For what?

You envision your future and think “What’s the point…

You have no time.

You work all day, 5 days a week. You come home to a house full of incomplete chores and family members who have been waiting all day to tell you about their day.

Dinner isn’t going to make itself. You change out of your work clothes and head straight for the kitchen. After, you’re left with a sink full of dishes.

Your kids haven’t done their homework yet. The living room is a mess. You haven’t had a chance to sit down since you got home.

By the time you’re done scurrying around the house, you’re…

You’ve heard it all.

You’ve read articles and watched videos. You’ve listened to everyone’s opinions on how to be productive.

To organize your chaotic life and finally accomplish your goals, you need to follow the recipe of a productive lifestyle:

Wake up early, wear the same outfit you wear every day, break your day into time blocks and fill each block with as many to-do-list items as possible. Be sure not to burnout though.

Sprinkle on a dash of willpower and two teaspoons of self-control, and voila you’re up there in the ranks of Tim Ferris and Steve Jobs.


What point does a person cross to be labeled as successful?

Here are two stories. Let’s see if you can determine who is more successful.

Hailey is a CEO for a Forbes 500 company. She drives to the office in her Lexus and checks her to-do list on her iPhone 12. She has a 7-bedroom house and enjoys lounging by the pool with her picture-perfect family and friends.

Yearly, she takes 3 months off to tour exotic countries and learn about their cultures.

Jim works 9 to 5 as a maintenance worker. He drives his truck to his clients’ houses…

Originally published at on March 3, 2021.

You want to do it.

You really should.

After all, it is the only way to get what you aspire. You crave what comes after.

Yet… you don’t do what you know you should.

You’re aware of what you need to do to reach your goal. You’ve read posts about it. You’ve watched YouTube videos. You’re prepped with all the information that will take you to the other side. Yet, when the time comes to act, you fall flat.

You procrastinate. You do some more research. You plan out how you’re going…

Originally published at on November 3, 2020.

It’s weird, isn’t it?

How can you spend the entire day working and still have nothing to show for it?

You got to work at 9 AM and slaved away the entire day-except for the 30 minutes you took off for lunch. Yet, here you are 8 hours later, staring at a to-do list with 16 items and only 3 checks on it.

How did that even happen?

What have you been doing the entire day?

I’d like to tell you that it’s ok, some days are like that. …

Your problem isn’t that you don’t know what to do. It’s much worse. You know what you need to do, but you’re not doing it.

Originally published at on June 3, 2020.

Successful people wake up early.

It’s a common trait all successful people have-no exceptions.

But you know what?

It doesn’t feel great.

I hate it. I know you hate it, too.

In my dream, I cruise along the California coast and swim with dolphins, and then I wake up and have to live in the real world.

Needless to say, that’s not something I feel like doing at 4 am. What I feel like doing is going back to sleep.

Here’s the thing:

I know waking up early is good for me…

Layla Ashraf

I help ambitious people achieve their goals and maximize their time. Here are 3 steps you can take RIGHT NOW to guarantee success

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