Joe Rogan is a former Tae Kwon Do champion, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, an accomplished stand up comedian, an award winning commentator, and now hosts one of the most popular podcast shows in the world.
In other words, he’s a pretty impressive guy.
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In this video, Joe offers some insight about his daily routine, which is always the root cause of a person’s success or lack-thereof in life. (Below the video I provide a bit more context and detail, by expanding on the importance of his chosen routine and why you should consider incorporating it into your life)
1. Plan The Week in Advance (Goal Setting)
One of the most common practices shared by successful people, is planning their day, week, month, or even year in advance. Every Sunday Joe Rogan plans out his upcoming week.
This is an excellent practice because it inspires focus through goal setting, which is the key to using time wisely, and using time wisely is the key to success. Unfortunately people who don’t set goals, will always lack focus and therefore waste precious time doing nothing productive and naturally feel as though they aren’t doing anything with their lives.
I personally set yearly goals, monthly goals, daily goals, and even hourly goals. I do this so that I eliminate the unproductive practice of worrying about the future, and instead force myself to focus on taking action in this moment, which is the only thing I can truly control.
When we learn to do this, we learn how to achieve big goals, because as the saying goes, “Those who move mountains begin by carrying away small stones.”
2. Exercise & Eat Healthy
Joe made it very clear how important exercise and diet is, not just for the sake of physical health, but also mental health.
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For myself, eating clean and training hard has been instrumental in my life. When you are eating healthy, you are feeding your body good fuel that empowers you and strengthens you, but when you are eating crap, your are feeding your body bad fuel that disempowers you and weakens you. When you are physically fit, you also automatically feel better about yourself, unlike many people that feel sluggish and lethargic at all times, because they are running on processed foods, frequently getting sick, and living off of meds.
It has also been well established that engaging in physical exercise improves our ability to deal with anxiety, stress and pain. And when we consider how anxiety, stress and pain are obvious certainties that we will eventually encounter in life, it becomes obvious that we should learn to strengthen our ability to resolve their unwanted encroachments.
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Of course, there is some disagreement about what qualifies as a healthy diet, or a good exercise routine, and I am a firm believer that what works for me may not work for you. Personally, I am Vegan, which has served me very well. I also train harder than anyone I personally know, so I can vouch for its efficacy in this regard. I do not impose on other people though, but I do encourage them to have an open mind and try different approaches. Joe Rogan personally hunts animals for food, but opposes the practice of factory farming. He also eats lots of vegetables and avoids sugar, bread and eats a low carb diet, which he talks about in the video.
So we have to do our own research, try new things, and then pay close attention to how we respond to different changes. It is also important for us to understand, as mentioned by Joe in this video, we have to give our bodies time to adapt because things don’t happen over night. We cannot rush into something because it will most likely have an adverse effect if we do.
So be patient, but make sure you invest time and energy into building yourself up. There is nothing more profitable in life than good health.
When people think of meditation they usually think of someone sitting in a traditional meditation pose, but there are many different forms of meditation, since the practice itself is simply about calming and stilling the mind.
Yoga, a sensory deprivation tank, and even walking his dog, are 3 different practices mentioned by Rogan in this video that can all be used to quiet the mind. But there are many different other practices that can also be used, including (but not limited to) spending time alone in Nature, going for peaceful walks, listening to calming music, or anything that will personally allow us to quiet our minds and our thoughts. Again, this may be different for you than it is for me, so try different things.
If you have never done this before, it most likely will not come easy. Society inundates us with different messages about how to think, act, and be, and in the age of information and technology, this is more intense than ever before in known history. But stick with it, and in time you will learn to quiet your mind and observe your thoughts. And when you learn to quiet your mind and separate yourself from your thoughts, you will strengthen your focus, and even open up a gateway to connecting to a deeper part of yourself that you never even knew existed before.
4. Self Reflect
Self reflection is the key to personal growth, and although Joe doesn’t mention self reflection specifically as being a part of his daily routine, he does speak about it in enough detail to where it clearly shows he has dedicated a great deal of time and effort into the art of self improvement.
Those who neglect this important practice, will have their psychological issues, and unconscious bad habits intensify over time. But those who dedicate some meaningful effort into understanding their childhood’s, their unconscious behaviors, their pattern of thinking, their short comings, and where and how they can improve these areas, will naturally grow and constantly improve over time.
5. Read Books
Although not mentioned in this podcast, Joe Rogan is an avid reader, so I decided to list this because reading is absolutely imperative to success. Any problem you are dealing with, someone has written a book on that. Any path you are thinking about taking, or currently are taking, someone wrote a book on that. So read more, and watch TV less.
6. Don’t Make Excuses That You Don’t Have Time
Joe’s guest on the podcast mentions how he doesn’t have 2 hours to exercise in the morning, in which Joe is quick to correct him by explaining you only need 40 minutes to get a really good workout in.
Most people make excuses about why they can’t progress in life, and this is the attitude of a weak minded person. Every solution you present, they will counter it with a problem. Every opportunity you see, they will only see difficulty.
Those who succeed in life, are the ones that maximize every second, of every minute, of every hour, and make no excuses. They find a way, refuse to make excuses — which serve absolutely no constructive purpose whatsoever, except reinforcing limits — and get the job done. So don’t let your mind discourage you, there is always a way.
If you feel like you need a more precise guide on how you can change your life for the better, please read a detailed blog I wrote on how I personally overcame my depression, anxiety, addiction, and replaced it with self confidence, happiness and purpose HERE
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