April: A Conversation with self

April: A Conversation with self

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

 

The pain of reality can hurt, I will be the first to admit there are times where I beat myself up because I’m not where I want to be.

Hands up if your worst critic is yourself?

Mine can be loud as ****, it’s not often it wins in the battle but this month I think it won… But it was only for a day.

I remember waking up and the internal voice was “Oh boy, what’s the point, we ain’t got the energy today, You’ve tried but we ain’t getting results

There’s more in you

Often I feel I could be doing more, and I do limit myself. I have sabotaged potential opportunities based on the thoughts in my mind.

Now, these thoughts have a name they are called “FEAR” (False Evidence Appearing Real).

Repair the ship

So what do you do when you are out in the sea and have spent the day just drifting, if you are similar to me you’ll end up educating yourself, evaluating where you are and thinking about what are the next steps.

Sometimes you need to shut up shop and focus on the one thing!

 

What have you achieved?

Give me the microphone let me spray them

 

I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a panel discussion on personal development at Obsidian Network Flagship event “Invest in You”

It was an amazing experience, to be in a room filled with young black males and sharing my own personal journey and shining the light on the importance of investing in yourself first.

 

 

 

 

afrotechfest

In April I also attended Afro Tech Fest, a festival which brought together black people of African and Caribbean heritage who are in tech or interested in tech.

 

A refreshing experience to hear other people in technology speak and share their own personal stories within the industry.

I even took the opportunity to showcase myself and Tag Me In Podcast again putting myself into situations that scare me, because that is the only way I will challenge and change.

 

Building Blocks

I’ve been educating myself on properties, an area that I have been aware of but the interest has been sporadic but this time I want to take action.

Samuel Leeds has been my main source of information, from his Youtube Channel to reading his books.

Education is very similar to the build of an actual building, you have to start with the basic aka the foundations, and then add new material like the brick blocks.

 

 

What have you struggled with?

 

Balancing this Dating world

Entering the dating world has had me feeling like a wobbly knee toddler, from having a feeling of we got this to whoops I don’t think I quite have this thing.

The biggest adjustment is letting go especially since it’s been 2 years of doing me, whilst dating you are required to make things work, which requires compromises like time, energy or putting the effort in to understand where a person is coming from.

A very different place to when it is Me, Myself and I

 

 

What are you working on right now?

Knowledge is power

Financial Education has been a big topic on my mind, a lot of events attended or books read have been centred around finances.

ameyfinance

The knowledge I thought I possessed was only touching the surface out there, which is necessary on my quest of building a legacy for my family.

 

Start with your why?

Another area I have been “trying”, and the focus word should be “try” is my personal brand.

But what is the personal brand, the question to this is asking where do you see your value, what is it you offer?

A deep question that will take you on a journey, a book worth mentioning is Start With Your Why by Simon Sinek.

 

 

How do you feel physically and mentally?

 

Triggered?

Three words that pained me on the day I wasn’t 100% was:-

  • Love
  • Value
  • Team

I could watch a youtube video and if I saw a team, I would be triggered! If I saw someone showing value… Triggered

What did these people have that I haven’t yet mastered – “The One Thing“. I’ve heard it multiple times the importance of focusing on One Thing but what do you when you don’t know what it could be.

Try Everything, Until one fits.

Physically I have started to see bodily change, which comes from eating better but being consistent with my home workout. You can actually find me out in my garden since we have sunnier days doing compound workouts.

 

 

What are your future goals?

 

Do better! Make passive
Diversify stocks
Research property and finalise MIP
Build personal branding
Do a martial arts
To experience Sensory Tank
Follow thought leaders
Start kick Boxing with Brother
Personal Brand is a must
Daily Quote of the day
Get Headshot done
POC meet
Complete Ep100 including social media, episode and event
Contact top followers and listeners for feedback
I have built a small team for TMI – graphics, social media, editing, video, photography
start insta life


Anything else you feel is important.

  • “Is it worth viewing if I was to put an offer below market value” – Determining if it is worth actually going to a viewing if they are fixed on the guide price.
  • I’m actively avoiding saying “One Day” because it doesn’t even exist in the calendar – “Let’s catch up one day” sometime may never happen unless you state a date/day.
  • This tweet alone made me evaluate my connections

February: Do you best and be impeccable with your words

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

Wow, I am officially old, this month marked my 28th birthday. Another level up for me, and I’m excited about the next 12 months.

28 for me is a massive achievement and is filled with so much joy and believe it will be a great birth year, what this year marks is 6 years out of formal education and the completion of primary school in adult/real-life studies.

What I found interesting about the past 30 days is I didn’t make an effort to celebrate, yet I spent a lot of time planning and arranging the birthday of Tag Me In Podcast.
It as though the podcast is a real person, it is a toddler with so many teething problems but I care about it that I’m planning it’s 2 year birthday.

What have you achieved?

I have spent the month educating and feeding, the four agreement has been a fantastic book especially when you combine the current events that have been happening in my life.

The agreements that really stand out in the book are:

-Do your best

I’ve been unlearning doing things out of best efforts

-Be impeccable with your word.

I have also completed my Ikagi which is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”, this Ikagi goes hand in hand with Simon Sinek book Start with your why?

What have you struggled with?

There has been a reoccurring theme in my life that constantly props up every 6 months, and you know what the definition of insanity is – Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

The level of awareness is there and I have allowed the situation to play out hoping something would change, however sometimes you have to take control and make a decision to see your progress forward.

More will be explained over the next few months, but this is the first step I’m taking to changing.

What are you working on right now?

Making improvements for Tag Me In Podcast, this has involved reviewing certain episodes and removing content or updating it. I got to a moment this month where I become embarrassed by the quality of the content that was put out.
Tag Me In Podcast has so much potential and rather than waiting for the next thing to happen, it’s time to take control and move it forward and this will all coincide with its 2 year birthday.

How do you feel physically and mentally?

Mentally and physically I am in a good place, it’s important for me to pay attention to each aspect equally because they are both keys to my wellbeing.

When I’m mentally strong, I feel physically strong, I’m conscious about what I eat, what time I go to sleep, How I feeling, creating time to relax and unwind but also discovering my flow state.

What were the goals?

I have brought ETF in healthcare, utilities, and technology
I have made £4000 a month from FBA, Affiliate,dropshipping and stocks
apply 0%credit card
I have made 10 sales on eco friendly direct with the assistance of Joyann
To go to 4 fitness classes
To experience Sensory Tank
Follow thought leaders
Complete passion circle
Reiki
I have had a social catchup with Joyann
I have completed the 4 agreements
I have spent time once a week completing Blinkst
Headshot
Circles
I have engaged with freelancers about the TMI best of album – promo for March Rebrand
I have found options to secure TMI Grant funding
I have built a small team for TMI – graphics, social media, editing, video, phtography
To have Booked flying

Anything else you feel is important.

 

 

November: Feeling blessed

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

I have experienced one of the best chapters of my life, this was the month I returned home but I felt extremely blessed the moment the plane wheels touched down. I sense of pride washed over me I had just completed 9 months of travelling alone armed with just my backpack and I have had the most memorable experience.

These past 30 days have been truly magically from going back to my second home in Malaysia and reconnecting with my friends out there, to reflecting and meeting wonderful people along the way, trying new techniques like Holotropic breathwork which highlights the beauty of connecting with your breathe.

 

What have you struggled with?

The concept of time, at times it feels like all I have done in the past 10 months is pressed the pause button.

Although I have experienced so much, returning home creates this weird feeling as if nothing has changed.

My environment is the same, the road works near my house seems like it hasn’t progressed at all over the past 9 months.

Whilst travelling I spoke to other people who said this feeling was inevitable for those who return from travelling.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m all about adjusting and getting over this jetlag, which has been a battle as I’m keen to hit the ground running.

Over the last few months I have been preparing myself for my return, every free moment I have been thinking about what I needed to do and get into place before starting work again.

My main battle is getting eco-friendly direct up and running, and then creating a continuous revenue income which is passive.

How do you feel physically and mentally?

There’s more focus on bodyweight workout and stretch, the thought of a gym doesn’t appeal to me and I felt it caused more harm than good. I want to physically test my body but ensure it maintains its mobility, I want to focus on exercises that contribute to longevity as opposed to damage to ligaments and muscles.

I have started fasting for 16 hours each day, which has seen me gain control over my inner monster which likes to overindulge. My reasoning behind the fasting is maintaining my energy levels, I’m a victim for feeling the slow do after eating a meal and fasting gets your body to run at it’s optimal level.

What are your future goals?

Continuation of babypips, to spend time every week completing a course
Use Revenue to do Ad campaign for NW, BRG and Eco – £25 each
Complete social media for Eco Friendly Direct – hootsuite – and templates
moveGB – Kickboxing – Gymnastics, – Classes
Burpees, chin-ups, lunges, planks
Holotropics Breathwork
Spend atleast 1 day with each member of family
Live in uncomfort zone
Blinkst
4 hour workweek completion
TMI -WhatsApp, rebrand, guests, review, ranking, question of the day
BME events – games/quiz/trips
Get BME Business list to 100
Drive bmw i8
Roadtrip with Mum

 

Anything else you feel is important.

  • The Average Age of a Successful Startup Founder Is 45
    I’ve improved a lot in my early 20’s back then I used to get disappointed because I hadn’t achieved my startup success story. Now I have the thought but then I remember it’s the journey that I should be embracing and the results will happen.
  • Do I feel safe expressing my feelings and thoughts with this person?
    A question people should ask themselves when sharing their feeling or thoughts with others, it’s important in any type of relationship that you feel safe. If it isn’t then maybe you should be expressing pieces of you.

 

October: Time to explore

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

Sometimes you have to create a space for you to really connect with yourself and allow all your thoughts to slowly trickle through. Over the past 30 days, I’ve been processing my life and the previous chapters which have brought me so much joy and there has been a strong sense of gratitude.

I’ve been enjoying my adventure around Australia and New Zealand using relocation car, a simple way to get a free hire car and all you contribute is your driving skill and petrol. As a solo traveller, you have to cut costs, and this extends to where you will sleep. Over the past 30 days, I have spent a number of days parked up on a road somewhere with me curled in the boot trying to catch some zzz’s

What have you achieved?

The biggest achievement this month is my exploration of Australia and New Zealand, both countries have stunning scenery because it’s a big country there is a lot to explore.

There also has been a shift in terms of diet, I’ve been eating more healthy whether my current location that has an influence on this but you will often find me in the kitchen of a hostel cooking up a dish like Spinach, broccoli and salmon.

What have you struggled with?

With the constant movement from travelling, I haven’t created time or space to allow myself to learn new things or even apply them in real life.

What I’ve also discovered and it has taken me a while but from my previous posts I have been unforgiving to myself for making mistakes, it wasn’t until a guy I met in Australia who framed my situation as a lesson that had to be learnt not only for myself but for that person as well.

Everything is about perspective!

What are you working on right now?

I’ve built upon the foundations of my projects by otimising them for more page visits and ad revenue.

This has lead me to refine my websites, including implementing Google AMP and also putting my trust in Google and using their Auto-ads function.

How do you feel physically and mentally?

As previously mentioned my diet has stepped up, I am eating more fruit and vegetable. This has been a major shift for me, although the impact has been a loss of energy and strength but I do believe this is because of my body adjusting.

Interestingly I have been using the outdoors as my gym, whether that a run on the beach or finding a park to do bodyweight workouts.

What are your future goals?

Evaluate stock portfolio and make a number of trades aiming for 10% increase in 30 days
Complete social media for Eco Friendly Direct – hootsuite – and templates
Review Affiliates for sites
Attempting running twice a week
Send a postcard to family
Spend time once a week learning and researching about property either through rightmove or propertygeek
Continuation of babypips, to spend time every week completing a course
Duolingo on a daily basis
Update and share projects on a platform like LinkedIn
Migrate Tag Me In Podcast to different podcast host – to support Spotify
Implement changes to TMI
-Branding
-Collaborations
-Podcast Recording place
-Question of the day
-Interview question for guest – take away -recommend someone and best advice/book
-Whatsapp Integration
Plan BME Collective and prep for Social Enterprise

Anything else you feel is important.

 

 

Anton richardson September

September: Learning from old mistakes

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

The importance of learning from your past mistakes, and how if you don’t learn from these mistakes they will only reoccur until you learn from it.

You’ve probably heard someone questions a person behaviour and relating it to insanity, the very definition of “insanity” is completing an action over and over again and getting the same results although you are seeking a different one.

But how do you avoid the reoccurrence of the same results? One key is being able to accept responsibility, reflecting on your behaviour, and using this level of awareness to identify the fault at hand.

What have you struggled with?

Dealing with the feelings of guilt, recently I have hurt someone and in hindsight, it could have been avoided. If only I actually chose to learn from my previous mistakes.

I’ve been here before and it stems from my encounters of “friends with benefits“, interestingly each time I have taken time out of the game to learn and reflect, but also telling myself to never do again.
However, over time I find myself in that all too sticky situation, regardless if I make my intention uber clear at the beginning, the result is still the same – INSANITY

My first question for myself this time is why do I keep returning back to these types of relationships, and I discovered it stems from a place of loneliness. In this place, I will take short cuts to my journey of finding wifey and allow myself to compromise on standards or true connections for a superficial companionship which I already know will not evolve into more.

Nonetheless, when faced with tears of hurt it doesn’t stop that inner frustration from building and screaming “Ha Ha, You F**k** up Again”

Stupidly I’ve felt that you could apply logic to a relationship and how stating/communicating your intentions from the get-go will result in everything being OK.
Yet emotions operation irrationally, they can’t be managed or contained into a box no matter how hard you try. This I believe is due to the battle between our hearts and minds, of which any rational thoughts will be overridden by our emotional heart.

Admittedly I’m not saying I won’t make the same mistake again as I feel like sometimes you have to learn the hard way.  But there are some positives that have come out of this, I found myself communicating my thoughts, being open and genuine throughout and discovered that communication is very important but it’s your actions that speak volumes.

What have you achieved?

Continuing from the previous month a lot of focus has been on Tag Me In Podcast and doing recordings to cover us up until November.

I spent the remaining part of the month focusing on Eco-Friendly Direct, another project to add to the ever-growing list. I will eventually complain about having too many plates spinning but I feel you have to try.
With people becoming more conscious about the environment I want to capitalise on this, and as a result I have been spending time building the Eco-Friendly Direct Website and also creating the necessary social media accounts; these will be used to put out content in the hope to drive further traffic and sales, at current sales have been achieve naturally via eBay.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I have just been doing regular daily checks on all projects, so usually spending 30 to an hour going through analytics like Google Analytics to identify where source traffic is originating from, or scheduling social media post or resharing popular pages.

As always I’ve been working on developing good habits, and this has seen the reintroduction of listening to a podcast each day. Aiming for this will bring new insights on a daily basis, and it’s through listening to podcasts I have recently discovered other forms of medication in particular Vedic meditation, which has led me to learn and explore the practice.

How do you feel physically and mentally?

For the first time in a while, I saw my mood drop below a 7 out of 10, and this is simply because I’m a soul who doesn’t like to hurt people, and it takes a while to shift the feeling. However, time is the best way to overcome these moments, time to process, time to reflect and identify the moments’ things went wrong and what could have been done to avoid the situation.
Although a taxing time mentally, it contributes to my growth and I feel like this whole experience has meant I have levelled up.

In this month I have swapped villa life in Bali to sleeping in a campervan in Australia, the campervan life is fun but I have managed to catch a cold which is probably a result of cold nights in the camper. I’ve also have put more pressure on my shoulder simply by sleeping on one side, so it is a little bit sore.

What are your future goals?

To have successfully made a trade in stocks, through using stock screeners and technical analysis
Spend time once a week learning and researching about property either through Rightmove or property geek
Continuation of babypips, to spend time every week completing a course
Build the website Ecofriendlydirect.com site and push ads campaigns – on a dedicated day
Use daily goal template to assist and continue to push out frequent content on BRG and NW
Actively spend time during the week stretching for 10 minutes
Improve and research meditation practices, focusing on Vedic meditation
Buy and send a postcard to family
To take advice from others and define friendship circle and programming it into the phone
Listen to at least 3 podcasts a week, especially listen when walking around or eating dinner
Spend time in the morning, read one chapter of a book
Spend time when bored to launch and practice duolingo
Update and share projects on platforms like LinkedIn
Migrate Tag Me In Podcast to different podcast host – to support Spotify
Implement changes to TMI
-Branding
-Collaborations
-Podcast Recording place
-Question of the day
-Interview question for guest – take away -recommend someone and best advice/book
-Whatsapp Intergation
Plan BME Collective and prep for social Enterprise
Plan and book the next stops of my trip – Australia and New Zealand

Anything else you feel is important.

  • Avoid saying you will never know
    – This sentence alone can open up hope in someone if anything you should act on the present and be final.
  • Never put down someone
    – No matter who or where you; remember you are no better than anyone else.
  • See people as people
    – Try and have a conversation with someone of where either persons don’t reveal who or what they do, explore each other and see if there is a natural vibe.

 

being true

August: Being true to self and sharing all aspects

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

When I reflect on the past 30 days I think about why I failed to be my true self in the workplace, and there is only one real answer… FEAR.
It’s funny because I often speak about being true, being authentic but in the workplace, I failed to live up to my own advice. I never opened up about my lifestyle outside of work due to fear of judgement or fear that they may think my focus is on other areas aside from Cyber Security.

It has taken a long time to realise that living this lie is probably a factor on my workplace happiness; I was never one of those people who woke up excited for a day at work, but for my own projects I would hop out with a spring in my step.
I rarely spoke or shared information about my real life and what really occupied my free time; whether it was hosting or running events for The BME Collective or Bristol Co-Working, recording or editing for Tag Me In Podcast or pushing Notesworthy or Best Revision Guide – none of this was revealed.

These are where my true happiness came from and it took a while to discover the reason. It was because in these ventures I am myself; I’m not holding or limiting myself, I’m ok with making mistakes, I’m comfortable in using my natural skills or learn the necessary skills required as I go along.
Mentally I think there is a workplace pressure or expectation although it may not truly exist, at times it feels like you always have to be on guard and you are only a few mistakes away from being shown the door.

I am making the commitment to myself to be truer, whether that be talking about them openly or even how them linked on my LinkedIn page.

What have you achieved?

Tag Me In Podcast has recently reached a milestone of 20,000 listens since it started, it’s a strange feeling knowing people spend time every week listening to myself and Ola discussing topics around being the best version of ourselves.
It’s these type of achievements that reinforces our drive to push on and do better, initially before travelling we pre-recorded 4 months worth of episode, we have had reached the point of which we were running out of episodes and that meant we recorded 12 episode over a week period. We both sacrificed our free time to ensure we could record these even with a 7-hour time difference as we remain committed to this baby of us.

What have you struggled with?

I have always struggled with is dealing with non-verbal conflicts, the type of conflict is when you know something is up just based on the vibe.
I find it difficult to be direct and say “Hey, are we cool?”, in these moments this is a lot of over thinking “What did I do, is it even me, have I thought about this too much”.

It naturally eats away at me and alters my own behaviour towards that person… Like “please don’t kill my vibe” but I have witnessed how other people deal with it and I’m trying to learn from their approach of just confronting the person directly and opening up that communication.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve been spending time going through the published material on Best Revision Guide and Notesworthy and trying to improve their SEO scoring, little amendments like heading length, ensuring the right keywords are listed in both the main body of text and heading and also adding other useful links to improving SEO scores of posts.

Based on the achievement of Tag Me In Podcast I have been reviewing and planning the roadmap for the next 6 months.
We have big aims and want to see more collaboration, new visual contents, new materials. This will progress over time, but small changes have already been implemented to our Youtube Channel like improving the thumbnails and tags in the hope it will catch people’s attention when searching for certain videos.

How do you feel physically and mentally?

The joys of travelling mean I meet new people frequently, but there are certain ones who stand out, and recently I met someone who challenged my mind on a daily basis. Conversations would roll on for 5+ hour plus, talking and exploring topics, and the greatest thing was it was so natural. Moments like this leaves you wanting more and there was a huge void when they did set off to their new destination. Yes, the moments didn’t last for long but they make you excited for the next meeting or encounter.

Physically I have been paying attention to those aches and pains and treated myself to a full on a spa day. I have also reduced the frequency of stretching, as I believe I may be overstretching which can be painful itself.

What are your future goals?

Research Properties and use propertygeek
Apply lessons learnt from Babypips and make 2 trades
Build traffic to Dropshipping website, to see sales of 20
Focus on and build better relationships with banknote sellers
Maintain daily stretching while traveling
Complete push up on a daily basis while travelling
Have video call with family once every 2 weeks
Have call with friends once every 2 weeks
Complete Funding Application for BME Collective
Record 4 months worth of Tag Me In Podcast
Migrate Tag Me In Podcast to different podcast host
Plan and book the next stops of my trip – Singapore, Indonesia and Australia

Anything else you feel is important.

  • Digital Look Stock Screener
    • Useful for those who want to screen stocks based on their fundamentals
  • Don’t have expectations but translate it as goals
    • More about your own personal expectation of yourself, learn how to convert the expectation into a goal. It will make things more achievable especially if they are broken down.
  • Pay off your mortgage in the shortest time frame
    • The longer your mortgage the more you will end up paying back, aim to repay your mortgage in a short time frame if possible.
  • Interest-only mortgages are the most common type used in property investment.
  •  The key to making a profit is to start with the price you can sell it for when the work is done, and work back from there.

 

 

June: Restoring the Balance

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

My burning desire to get myself back to where I think I should be, mentally, physically, financially and all the other aspects of life.
I have high expectations of myself along with big visions and goals. and the moment I slowed down my traveling I realised I have dropped a few gears in terms of growth.

But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, maybe it was time for me to drop down and slow down just to allow myself to recharge those batteries.

What have you achieved?

For me reflection is everything, it’s necessary to understand where you are and how far you are from your goals. This month I decided to slow my traveling down; previously I was moving from one place to another every 3 days.

The idea of waking up in the morning in the same bed, cooking my own breakfast, going to the gym or a swim, and having a space to do some work was my ideal lifestyle.

So here I am in Kuala Lumpur starting the latest chapter of my life called “restoring the balance“.

A common theme that’s been written in my previous blogs is my struggles during my travels in terms of my physical health, the constant moving around and the eating 2 meals a day lifestyle was not great for my overall wellbeing; I felt weak quite often.
My body was screaming for some Tender Loving Care (TLC), and I had to listen to it; now if you were a fly on the wall of the gym you would literally see me spending up to 40 minutes stretching trying to increase my flexibility. Listen I don’t want to be one of those rounded back elders with muscle aches.

What have you struggled with?

Now everything hasn’t been smooth sailing, yes I had these desires, I knew what sort of lifestyle I wanted during this break from traveling.

But getting myself motivated was a very very difficult task, OK Anton lets go to the gym… Blink… OK, Anton lets complete today task… BLINK… OK, Anton let’s spend 10 minutes listening to an audiobook… erm what was I listening to?
It’s almost like part of my brain was disengaged, I didn’t really have any real pressure to do work, no real motive to do it now because I was still living a dream. I was a free man, no job, no time constraints, the weather outside was nice.
Weirdly enough prior to traveling I thought I mentally prepared myself for this, I thought the freedom of time would be a joy and I would easily find time to complete a write up on the past 30 days.

May Blog was released on the last week on June

so you can conclude how well I was doing, procrastinating was an easier option by far. I remember I once read an article about time management:-

  • More work hours doesn’t mean more productivity.
  • We’re always more focused and productive with limited time

Both of these statements are true, interesting how you think the grass will be greener on the other side.

What are you working on right now?

So assessing where I am made me notice how many things I have actually neglected, so this month was spent bringing the dead weeds back to life starting with the online businesses.

Notesworthy took a hit dramatically when I was resolving an issue, not to bore you with the technicals but removing SSL (HTTPS) traffic and Yoast an SEO plugin lead to a massive traffic dropped and it was like that for a whole month.

No traffic means no leads, meaning no conversions/sales.

SEO is vitally important when it comes to a website/Vlog. When’s the last time you’ve gone on the second page of a google search or a youtube video search, your aim is to be among the top 5 searches in relations to a particular keyword; so you want to keep Google on your side and if your website isn’t secure that goes against you.

Another thing I neglected was Amazon FBA, the first four months of my sabbatical saw this grow continuously to a point it could have served as a replacement for my monthly salary.

Yet what happened when I started traveling was I couldn’t maintain the response or delivery of certain items to the point Amazon stepped in suspended my selling activities. I’m literally at a roadblock with this one, so do I plea to Amazon and ask for them to reinstate my rights or do I park it to the side until I’m back because Amazon FBA does need a small amount of attention on a daily basis and I could potentially be setting myself up for failure if I tried to maintain whilst travelling.

 

How do you feel physically and mentally?

Great! There has been an alignment of both physical and mental feeling, in previous months I have was always better in one department.

Now we have both areas aligned up meaning I feel like I’m back in my zone, I have enjoyed my freedom even more so, the luxury of choosing when to work and when to have fun has been great.

Although it was a slow battle with the motivation I’m starting to focus on my physical wellbeing, it feels great to touch your toes without aching, I’ve been neglecting my body and now I’m finally listening to all those aches, pain and stiffness.

What are your future goals?

*These need to be reviewed and dates added because they will end up being here indefinitely – These are definitely not S.M.A.R.T goals

To continue learning Forex using babypips
Review Trade system podcast
Address issues with Amazon FBA – suspended account
Review Business status
Stretch atleast 4 times a week
Go to the Gym atleast 4 times a week.
Meditate daily and visualise
Complete a book a month
Listen to Blinkist once a week
Start to learn a new language – Daily Duolingo
Record some new Tag Me In Podcast Episodes
Review BME Collective Directory

Anything else you feel is important.

  • Learn how to change the narrative of your story from bad/negative to good – if your car breaks down, think about how it has created some time for yourself to process something in your life.
  • The only competition is the man in the mirror – don’t compare yourself to others, don’t compete with anyone else but yourself
  • If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present
  • Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.
  • Appreciate how special you are there will never be anyone exactly like you. You were given special gifts and talents to share with the world.
  • It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not
  • What you choose to focus on becomes your reality
  • Rough seas make better sailors
  • When we’re forced to do something, suddenly the time is there.
  • We tiptoe through life hoping to safely make it to death
Anton Richardson May

May: Putting it all together

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

In all honesty this has got to be my most unproductive month of 2018; literally, F*** all has been achieved on my to-do list for April.

These famous words were taken from April’s blog, and what has changed over the last 30 days you ask? Has there been an improvement? Did you manage to find a balance? A happy medium?

Weirdly enough I have… and it all starts with building a foundation and reintroducing good habits.

I also mentioned on Aprils blog a VOID, and that came from achieving a big goal of traveling and not knowing what was the next big goal.

Mentally I have been thinking about the future, taking a year out has been one of the big goals in my life and now it has been achieved there is a void. What is the next challenge? what is the next goal? What’s another life goal? But I’m not rushing these thoughts and letting it naturally fall into place.

The last line of letting it naturally fall into place is what exactly happened over the past 30 days.

What have you achieved?

Little wins have been achieved this month, although these wins may seem small to other people but to me, they are the world. For example, I 2X my goal of reading a book a month, and it always helps when the books grips you from start to end. The first book I read was “The Girl on the Train” and the other one was “Bricking It!”.

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Bricking It is a book that triggered a desire to get into property development, with any venture it has its risk and the book’s story illustrates this in a comical way.
The book planted small seeds because my imagination would often create scenes of myself on a piece of land watching the development from start to finish, getting involved armed with hammers and screws; so you can guess what has been added to my goal list.

 

What have you struggled with?

A challenging habit has always been meditation, along with visualisation. Sometimes I have a good streak with meditation but there are times where I fall off the track, but with most things you have to adapt it to suit you best.
Of lately I have been trying a new approach of which I’m sure many people will disagree with as it is not the usual mindfulness meditation practice.
My approach consists of the first 5 minutes focusing on the breath and then it evolves into visualising 8 different aspects of my life and playing through each one; asking myself where am I today and then evolving it further into the future.

The 8 aspects are:-

  • Health – e.g Where am I healthwise?
  • Relations – e.g What does my relationship with friends, family etc look like?
  • Growth – e.g What have I learned recently?
  • Vocational/Business – e.g What are we now?
  • Contribution – e.g What contribution have you made lately?
  • Fun – e.g What can we do today that will be fun?
  • Financial – e.g How can I improve my finances?
  • Spiritual Matters – e.g Where are we today? Positive/Negative thinking

Aside with the previous struggle, I have also been struggling with a loss of physical strength, in the first 3 weeks of traveling I lost 5kg and activities like lifting up my 12kg rucksack at times can be a struggle. It is a weird feeling especially when a few months ago I was happily squatting 120kg in the gym.
There are many factors that have contributed to this such as not eating frequently and not working out a frequent basis, but also the way I was training and little consideration for the longevity of my body.

What are you working on right now?

Even if I try to stay away from the world of Cyber Security it will come haunting after me and this was the case on the 25th May which saw the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into place.
About two years ago I remember when I was hearing the security consultant in my workplace discussing the requirement and preparing themselves for it to come into place, and what I find shocking about it all is how quick the two years has come.
GDPR was never an interest of mine but it does have an impact on small businesses and organisation including the small project I run, so part of this month was spent familiarising myself with what is required for compliance and ensuring my projects met those requirements.

I’ve also been working with the technical team to resolve an issue with Notesworthy which has restricted me from implementing changes, which is annoying because I have been mapping out a new workflow which will enable me to improve the relationship between potential sellers and collectors.

How do you feel physically and mentally?

Although have committed to going to the gym once a week it still hasn’t helped with the feeling of loss of strength, but I also think I’ve become more aware of my limited mobility and flexibility.
My diet is a concern as well, whilst traveling I haven’t been eating my normal 4/5 meals a day. A typical day will see me eat a small breakfast, a lunchtime snack like a packet of crisps and then a large dinner.

On the mental side, it’s the complete opposite, I feel like my brain been flexing its muscles and firing those neurons. Creating new pathways and planning, assessing and reviewing the future.
Reading has also made sure it is in a good shape, taking time out to meditation helps it recharge and prepare itself for the day.

What are your future goals?

Evaluate current stocks portfolio
Complete website for The BME Collective
Look into the world of psychology
Prepare and increase knowledge on property
Read and keep up to date with cybersecurity news
To continue learning Forex using babypips
Review Trade system podcast
Review Buying and Selling
Promote and push BRG and NW
Reopen Finishing Product
Stretch twice a week
Physical exercise once a week
Inform doctors of vaccinations
Meditate daily and visualise
Catch up with friends
Complete a book a month
Listen to Blinkist once a week
Start to learn a new language – Daily Duolingo
Review Guest Bloggers
Review Podcast Guests
Prep Podcast Episodes

Anything else you feel is important.

  • Tattoo – I had a tattoo the other day whilst thinking of this question – “What is the one thing that is always with us, and you can’t change even if you tried? A shadow
    For me, I think we can alter our image or behaviour easily, but the one thing that truly reflects us mostly is our shadow.
    Now I’m not a tattoo person but if I was ever to have one it would be an image of someone standing in front of a mirror and in that mirrors reflect would be their shadow, and maybe a cliche line underneath like stay true to you.
  • Does Age Matter? This was a discussion I had recently in a group, and it produces some interesting answers but one answer stood out. “It really depends on how you perceived them if by their mannerism leads you to think they are older and you later find out that they are younger than what you thought. Is there an issue?”
  • Progress Assessment for young children – As part of my long-term contribution goals I want to open an assessment center which will be used to assess children to determine if they are meeting standards.
    Based on the result they will be placed on a programme and if necessary given tuition. It may be ran during half terms or summer holidays.
    It will focus on some of the teachings that are not in schools like money management, mindfulness, networking, health, welfare and social skills.
April: Be the captain of your own ship

April: Be the captain of your ship

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

Throughout the past 30 days, there have been moments where “Be the captain of my own ship” has echoed in my head.

We are often faced with moments where we have to take control of our own vessels and take it in the direction we need to take it in.

But balance is necessary…

I have always prided myself on my independence, nonetheless, allowing your boat to sail off every now and again can unravel some extraordinary gems and discoveries.

The two letters NO is one of the hardest things to say in life. For me personally, I’m afraid to say NO due to fear of missing out on an amazing opportunity.

There is always a challenge when you have to reign in your vessel and steer it into a different direction from everyone else, likened to a boat you will have to overcome difficult waves and go on a trail less travelled because it is your adventure and your life to create those experiences.

The beautiful thing about leading your own ship is it has the potential to bring other people on-board, however, this does come with some responsibilities.
When people come on board with your plans they look up to you for direction, you will have to lead the pack and one thing I avoided to embrace as a characteristic is “Leadership”.

Notice how leadership hasn’t been listed on my characteristic board

characteristic board

The word “Leadership” has been mentioned to me a few times previously, even written down as part of a growth hack assessment and mentioned multiple times on this trip.
Perhaps because it is coming from people that I have no connections with it has hit me harder, and perhaps its time to harness the gift and use this strength.

What have you achieved?

In all honesty this has got to be my most unproductive month of 2018; literally, F*** all has been achieved on my to-do list for April.

To continue learning Forex using babypips
Review Trade system podcast
Review Buying and Selling
Promote and push BRG and Nw
Stretch 3 times a week
Physical exercise 2 days a week
Inform doctors of vaccinations
Meditate daily and visualise
Message friends weekly
Message/Speak to the family once a week
Complete a book a month
Listen to Blinkist once a week
Start to learn a new language – Daily Duolingo
Review Guest Bloggers
Review Podcast Guests
Prep Podcast Episodes

When you pair this with traveling and the experiences I have had it is understandable, we live in a world with so much beauty.
Sight is a gift and my two eyes have been blessed with some amazing and breath-taking places/landmarks.
Previously I trained myself to be in the present moment and commit the image to my brain, whilst other people were snapping their pictures I would just blink my eyes. Literally, Blink!

But, there’s only so much one can commit to the brain and just like that, I made a switch and was taking photos.

Here is one of my favourite photo from April taken using the Camera App – VSCO

krabi april sunset

 

What I find fascinating about this is how quick my views can change along with how self-talk can sometimes hold you back from change.

Battle with Social Media
This month saw me overcoming an internal battle which was using social media, for 5 years I was against social media due to the way I used it in the past. I was using it as a way to show people ‘Hey, Look at me, this is what I am doing‘ and seeking some type of validation

Fortunately enough I caught myself in the act and stopped using Instagram, but social media has become a norm in today’s society.
Despite this, my views were so strong I even wrote a lengthy blog article on the use of it and link to narcissist behaviour.

Technology advances have changed the way we interact, communicate and see each other, and if you don’t evolve you will be extinct.
So if I chose to be an outsider and not adapt with time I will be an outliner which is absolutely fine as well, however, I’m aware of the influence I could potentially have on people.
I understand how there is a need to break the “status quo“, how one person can enable others to see and do things they never thought was possible, and that’s the power of social media knowing which impact you can have on others.

 

What have you struggled with?

A few of my friends have asked me this very question – “Are you missing anything from home?”, my answer is “My Own Space”.

A conflictual thing about me is I can be an Extrovert along as an Introvert, and there are times were the introvert within me screams to be alone and that is difficult whilst travelling.

I have always loved my own space; I can easily spend days and weeks alone in my own space. I miss the days of being stuck in my room along with my whiteboard plotting my next moves, implementing changes on my website, brainstorming ideas or just watching movies.

What are you working on right now?

Trying to restore some balance in my life, a small amount of work has been completed, and my goal list has been deferred to the next month.

To avoid it happening again I have been trying to create a space for myself to be productive and do things, meaning waking up slightly earlier than everyone else just to do an 1/2 hours of work.

What are your future goals?

To continue learning Forex using babypips.com
Complete website for The BME Collective
Review Trade system podcast
Review Buying and Selling
Promote and push Best Revision Guide and Notesworthy websites
Stretch 3 times a week
Physical exercise 2 days a week
Inform doctors of vaccinations
Meditate daily and visualise
Complete a book a month – Bricking It
Listen to Blinkist once a week
Start to learn a new language – Daily Duolingo
Review Guest Bloggers for Tag Me In Podcast
Review Podcast Guests for Tag Me In Podcast
Prep Podcast Episodes for Tag Me In Podcast

How do you feel physically and mentally?

I miss the gym and the physicality of lifting weights; it’s interesting because I never thought I would miss the gym so much. Gym over time has become an outlet, a way to get those happy chemical pumping, a space I can process the day and what needs to be achieved with a sprinkle of creative thoughts.

With this awareness, I have tried to go the gym at least once a week, but even this commitment has become difficult because in the last 30 days of April I have been to the gym only twice.

Mentally I have been thinking about the future, taking a year out has been one of the big goals in my life and now it has been achieved there is a void.
What is the next challenge? what is the next goal? What’s another life goal? But I’m not rushing these thoughts and letting it naturally fall into place.

Anything else you feel is important.

  • How are you today? – Naturally, when I see someone I say “You alright/You good?” but because it is a common phrase a generic response is given.
    How are you today? Breaks out of that pattern and forces people to respond with something that is not a default response.
  • Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon (e.g. the one you stirred your coffee with) onto the spot. The heat will destroy the protein that caused the reaction and the itching will stop.
  • The best trait of something can also be its worse trait – For example, a country with hot weather all year round can suffer from drought due to the lack of rain.

March 2018: Playing the long game

What comes to mind when you reflect on the last 30 days?

Life is about playing the Long Game, over the years I have had many moments where I wish all my dreams could come true, wishing and craving that overnight success.

One of my favourite mantras is “Hold the vision, Trust the process“; it comes from a place of understanding that life is a journey, each step, fall and failure are essential in your life trajectory.

The important lesson is arming yourself with the ability to reflect, evaluate and learn from each moment.

March saw the beginning of my travels, as soon as the plane lifted off the runway a rush of thoughts entered my mind the strongest one was- “Congratulations Anton, you’ve done it“.

The thought was shared with a huge smile, saying goodbye to the UK was one of my proudest moments, not because I was running away from life in the UK but simply because travelling was a Long Game Plan.

…And when I say long game it was a 6-year game plan.

Stay true to your goals

I can remember vividly telling my friends at university about my outlook on the future; I was already disgruntled at the prospect of working a 9-5  (without even stepping foot into a 9-5). The plan has always been to take a year out just to recentre, re-energise and to explore and experience new cultures and different countries.

When I reflect on the past four years it includes some ups and downs, along with a number of doubting moments, questioning my why? Why am I doing this 9-5, Why am I in Bristol, Why am I saving? Why should I buy a house? When should I buy a house? Why should I travel?

Like most people in my generation I was guilty of wanting immediate gratification, I had to learn to appreciate the small wins that occurred on a daily basis rather than achieving the big goal. Small wins like being please with the fact you saved an extra £20 which will contribute to your house saving fund.

The power of vision boards

Vision is a powerful tool to have in your toolbox, by being able to visualise your goals you can almost put yourself in that position, you can feel, you can live that achieve even before it happens.

In times of hardship, you can turn to the visual board to give you a remainder and realign you with your goals, however creating a vision board is not enough, you have to make a little more effort and think and plan how you will achieve it.
We all have come across someone who declares their wants but never plan how they will make it happen, although some people have luck on their side but an action plan helps you understand what you need to complete on a day to day basis to ensure you achieve your dreams.

What have you achieved?

  • Created a passion board, during a conversation with a friend who was trying to discover his passion I mention creating a spider diagram to list all his passion.
    Passion Board

 

  • Along with the passion board, I created a characteristic board, we often align our characteristic with those mentioned in a job description/specification letter like hard working, works well in a team, adaptive etc.
    But what are your own personal characteristic? Are you funny, caring what would your description letter say about you?
    characteristic board

 

  • Life wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for Amazon Prime, leading up to my departure I ordered my whole backpack content which resulted in 8 separate Amazon delivers in a 3 day period and me and my Amazon delivery drivers becoming best of friends.

What have you struggled with?

When it all falls down, in my first blog post I mentioned I am a creature of habit, and this has completely fallen apart. Travelling from one place to another, to late night to early morning means there is no routine. There is no going to sleep at 10 pm, waking up at 6 am.

To be fair every day is like an adventure unless you intentionally chose to do some work then nothing will be done; you will often find yourself venturing out with random people or making new connections that you don’t have the time to focus on the things you should.

So what been the impact?

  • Communication – The aim to respond to people if it only takes 60 seconds has failed dramatic, I’ve reverted back to seeing messages and then responding at a later time
  • Reading – A habit I had was doing a blinkist every single day and making notes around it, and then spend at least 30 minutes each morning and before bed reading. That’s failed, every night my head hits the pillow and I am out like a light within seconds.
  • Meditation – The frequency of mediation has fallen from daily to maybe twice a week, but I know how important it is to time out of the day some I have been trying to do it whilst laying in bed in the morning.
  • Buying and Selling – Another failure is the buying and selling venture, factoring in the fact I rarely jump on my laptop, time zone difference and not being in the UK led me to pause my trading and enjoy my time out here.
  • Other business ventures – When it comes to my projects the foundation of them have been built, but I haven’t been able to analyse, review and make adjustments. With these projects, there is a need for continuous improvement – Kaizen

What are you working on right now?

Making your money work for you
April signals the end of a tax year and as a result emails flood my mailbox about ISA’s and saving and investment opportunities.
Our time at work is traded for an income which enables us to live but the advice from millionaire and billionaires is learn how to make your money work for you.. and make it work hard.

Saving as a strategy is good, but investing results in your initial input growing and over time becoming is more reward, however, it does come with its own risks take for example the L’s I took back in February when I saw my Cyptocurrency portfolio drop more than 50%.
Babypips.com has been a reoccurring goal on my list and is an excellent source for people wanting to trade in Forex (Foreign Exchange).

A habit taken from one of my favourite books (7 habits of highly effective people) is “Sharpen the saw” and this I have applied to my knowledge of on Stock trading. A resource that was recommended by an old colleague who himself made a 210% return on his 12-month portfolio was a podcast – “Better System Trader Podcast”, which is focused on systematic trading but does provide some key gems.

What are your future goals?

To continue learning Forex using babypips
Review Trade system podcast
Review Buying and Selling
Promote and push BRG and Nw
Stretch 3 times a week
Physical exercise 2 days a week
Inform doctors of vaccinations
Meditate daily and visualise
Message friends weeklys
Message/Speak to family once a wekk
Complete a book a month
Listen to Blinkist once a week
Start to learn a new language – Daily Duolingo
Review Guest Bloggers
Review Podcast Guests
Prep Podcast Episodes

How do you feel physically and mentally?

With the temperature being above 30 degrees something I am not used to in the UK, I am constantly sweating every moment of the day. Now to avoid dehydration I am drinking GALLONS upon GALLONS which is all good because it helps flush out my system.

When you factor in the fact that a hour long massage cost around £3-10 in Thailand you can only imagine how relaxed my muscles feel, all the aches and pains are being worked on a frequent basis.
One thing that has been highlighted is a shoulder issue which will need to be looked at by a professional, I was aware of the issue for over a year but opted to just rest it but during a massage it was decided to give a little which concerned the masseuse.

On a mental point, I am actually buzzing, we are now 5 months into my sabbatical and now embarking on a new adventure. At times it feels surreal and I’m not entirely sure if this is reality or a dream.

Anything else you feel is important.

  • Have a script to business cold calls – takes the stress out of thinking, you already have a template.
  • Only read thing or get contacts for “just in time” not “just in case” – there is only so much we can retain in our heads so why not focus on the importatnt and neccessary things
  • Create a healthy and stressless environment for my future partner when she is pregnant – finances, work commute, bills
  • We can not ignore our history it isn’t our past but our presents – Taken from I am not your negro
  • Pay off mortgage in shortest time frame
  • Seasonality is a thing in trading -December -People are using the Christmas break to plan their new year strategies
  • Learn how to deal with the stresses with the world, bills, expectation, as a parent your child will pick up these things indirectly – so be the best version of you
  • Being emotional – means you have more sensitivity to certain things.