You will die. So will your imposter syndrome.

You will die. You dwell in between states of cognitively knowing this and dissociating from the fact. Both psychologists and Buddhists agree that all fears are ultimately rooted in the fear of annihilation; by this, I mean ego death.

When you keep present that you will die, some things lose their importance or their urgency. It makes you wonder, what really matters? You’ll find what really matters is being of service. Being of service can look as simple as being kind to others while working or taking a leading role in a cause that is important to you.

“Since death is certain and the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?”

Pema Chodrön

Increasingly, as I become more aware of this realization, I feel more and more empowered. As the stories I’ve built around myself start to dissolve I am realizing that I don’t have anything to defend. That the only thing keeping me from being of service to the world is me! Fear of being looked at some way, fear of not being enough, fear of the world challenging the stories I’ve so carefully crafted to get a sense of value.

I will die, and the stories my ego created will dissolve, but the love I’ve spread will forever circulate.

When you watch your imposter syndrome emerge, the invitation is to accept it, and be curious about it. What can I learn from it? What story about myself am I protecting?

The gift of these questions is that they open the door for a more fluid identity, a malleable sense of self that needs no defending, no validation, no walls. You are just doing to best to selflessly be of service, to make the world a better place. Whoever judges your efforts is ultimately judging themselves.

Waking up early: A mental health game changer

I wake up to sound of my already-snoozed-for-the-third-time alarm. I have a meeting in half an hour, yet I stay a few more minutes in bed. In an audacious show of efficiency, I rush through my morning and make it to that Zoom call with a hot coffee and a smile. One of the perks of being my own boss is that I get the flexibility to wake up as late as I wanted.

Like many entrepreneurs, I work 12 to 15 hours a day. After my last meeting, typically at 5, I enter the third phase of my day: the classic night owl productivity. I was constantly on-the-go, tired and stressed.

One day, I was so tired that I decided to wake up at 5 am and finish my work in the morning instead... and I LOVED IT. It was so quiet, no email comings, no voices outside, my mind was fresh and relaxed. It was intimate time for myself. Not I did my work and got a headstart to my day. I planned my meetings with my clients and it was a very successful day. I decided to make it a thing.

Benefits of waking up early

1. Significantly lower risk of depression

A JAMA Psychology study, found that waking up 1 hour earlier is correlated to a 23 percent lower risk of major depressive disorder - albeit causation is uncertain.

2. Improves productivity and cognitive function

There is a big cultural adulation for early risers and for a reason. In a HBR study called, The Early Bird Does Get The Worm. "Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimize them, my survey showed. They’re proactive," says the author, Dr. Christoph Randler. The study correlates waking up early with career success.

3. Gives you a head start

Here is a list of benefits of waking up early: