Level Up Your Life

Reflecting on an enlightening session with Keith Roberts, the visionary founder of Oak Journal, attendees gained invaluable insights from a master of intentional living. Keith, who lives by the very principles of the Oak Journal Methodology he created, guided participants through a transformative journey. His expertise in balancing mindfulness, health, sleep, and productivity illuminated a path for achieving dreams and leading a more fulfilled life. As we look back, let’s carry forward the wisdom shared by Keith, integrating these practices into our daily lives for lasting change.

Level Up Your Life Takeaways

  1. The 10-10-10 Morning Routine: Start each day with 10 minutes of meditation, 10 minutes of reading, and 10 minutes of journaling. This practice, designed to set a positive tone for the day, fosters mindfulness, continuous learning, and self-reflection.
  2. The 4 7s for Life’s Priorities: Evaluate what’s most important in your life by imagining what you would focus on if you had only 7 years, 7 months, 7 weeks, or 7 days left to live, guiding a profound reassessment of life’s priorities.
  3. Creating Your Why: Discover and articulate your purpose, forming the backbone of both your personal and professional journey, driven by what truly matters to you.
  4. Holistic Well-being: Keith emphasized the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, including mindfulness, health, and sleep (7-8 hours), as foundational pillars for success and well-being.
  5. Waking Up Early for Enhanced Creativity: Inspired by research, Keith shared that waking up 30 minutes before sunrise can be particularly beneficial for creativity. This is due to the active state of theta and beta brainwaves during this time, which are associated with relaxation, openness to new possibilities, and heightened creativity. Research suggests that theta waves, present during this early morning period, can facilitate the generation of ideas and enhance problem-solving abilities by promoting a state of deep relaxation and openness.
  6. Goal Realization within 90 Days: A structured approach to setting and achieving goals within a 90-day timeframe was emphasized as a practical method for realizing ambitions and creating actionable success roadmaps.

Action Items: Reflect on the session’s teachings and incorporate them into your routine to unlock your full potential. Embrace the 10-10-10 routine and consider the 4 7s reflection to align your life with your deepest values. Leverage the unique state of mind provided by the early morning hours to fuel your creativity and problem-solving capabilities.

Keith’s website: www.zenman.com

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Keith’s Recommended Reading List

Personal Development
The Energy of Money – Maria Nemeth PhD
The Source – Dr Tara Swart
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
You are the Placebo Dr Joe Dispenza
The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
Liminal Thinking – Dave Grey
The Comfort Crisis – Michael Easter
To Be a Man – Robert Masters
Becoming Superhuman – Dr Joe Dispenza
Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle is the way – Ryan Holiday
The Artist Way – Julia Cameron
How to Change your Mind – Michael Pollan
10% Happier – Dan Harris
The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama
The Nature Fix – Williams Florence

Fiction
A Fortune Teller Told Me – Tiziano Terzani
Ready Player One – ernest Cline
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
The Richest Man in Babylon – George Clason

NonFiction
Surely Your Joking Dr Fenyman –
An Indian WInter – James Schultz
The Surrender Experiment – Michael Singer
Heros for my Son
Sailing Alone Around the World – Joshua Slocum
Bobby Fisher Goes to War – David Edmonds

Classics
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig
To Kill a Mockingbird – Haper Lee

Business Books
Traction – Gino Wickman
Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
Build for Tomorrow – Jason Feifer
HBR at 100
Tools of Titans – Tim Ferris
The Goal – Eliyahu Goldratt
Good to Great – Jim Collins
Great by Choice – Jim Collins

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