March: Time waits for no man

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

“That was a good Q1 Anton, now let’s build on this”
Funny enough sometimes I operation my life like a business, by asking questions like what are the goals for the year, have we been meeting those key performance indicator and are we achieving our targets.
This first quarter has been the best yet, mentally I knew I had to allow myself to readjust to a normal lifestyle since travelling.
I knew I had to take my time and approach my goals in a different way, I knew the aim of the game was to pace myself, listen to my intuition and say “NO” to incoming projects or work.
By taking control of my life I have been rewarded in many ways and learnt the importance of creating a healthy balanced lifestyle.

 

What have you achieved?

Not really an achievement but a realisation, I’ve recently made the switch to Evernote and have been taking regular notes throughout the day.
Whilst looking back on these notes I noticed these words appearing at least 3 times in the past month:-

  • Preparation – This realisation came whilst at an event hosted by Foundervine at Monzo, as teams, we had to pitch a Fin Tech idea in front of investors. This is when the preparation is important, knowing your numbers, the model is what makes the difference, and I personally witnessed this. The winning group idea and work started long before the event, it just needed a team around it.

  • Team – Continuing from the above point, having a squad, a team or even a network can make the difference.
    Collaboration with others can take you to the next stage.
    Identify peoples goals and gaining clarity is vital for teamwork, once everyone is onboard it can pave the way to a successful future.
  • Patience – Yes I wouldn’t mind all my dreams becoming my reality now, but there are lessons that need to be learnt before that stage.
    Personally, I hold onto the belief that things will eventually fall into place, and that’s the very reason I keep pushing on.
    By actively trying and doing it puts me in certain positions and opens up opportunities that may present themselves.

The remaining part of the month was my vacation, my chance to unwind and enjoy life for the now. Exploring countries and experience a new culture is something that I have fallen in love with.

On this trip, I was fortunate to be joined by friends as we road tripped from Los Angeles to San Francisco and then to Las Vegas. Very different from solo travelling, the reality of no longer being the captain of your own ship but having to decide as a group presented a different type of challenge.

Yet overall this trip there were unforgettable memories and strengthened existing relationships, they do say if you want to build friendship or relationship do experiences together.

 

What have you struggled with?

Creating time to relax, the saying “time waits for no man” hit me hard in the weeks leading up trip away, in my quest to grow and elevate I failed to structure days to rest at home.

Poor planning led to a sustained state of overwhelmedness, running from one event to another, late night podcast recordings, hosting events and a 72-hour Hackathorn was taking a toll on me mentally and physically.

Internally my body was screaming for sleep and rest, 4/5 hour sleep is enough to function but for a long period it has a knock-on impact, and the biggest impact is the loss of routine.
I found myself skipping out my golden key to energy and happiness – My morning routine. I found myself waking up 2 hours later than usual and felt the need to kick start the day straight away rather than doing me.

Awareness is always important, and this is a situation that can be avoided if I make a pledge to myself, my current pledge is to minimise or limit the events I attend on the first 2 days of the week or make a commitment to leave early to ensure I am recovering.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve been tapping into the question of “Who is Anton Richardson?“, if I stood as a brand what would I be known for and what can I offer to others.

There is nothing I want to see is people elevate, push on and have the belief that they can achieve anything.

With my brothers in mind, this message speaks to me:-

“I help black British professionals to ask the right questions and level themselves up by sharing my new discoveries and showing the importance of listening and asking questions in the hope it instils the belief that we all can win.”

 

How do you feel physically and mentally?

Approaching the end of the Q1 there is a strong sense of belief, I feel that the time I took to realign myself was necessary for the next quarter.

Everything stems from your mental position.

If you are mentally fresh and ready you can seize the day, this past month was a challenging one and had a knock-on impact on other aspects especially physically.
Despite knowing the benefits of physical exercise, I fail to make it a priority especially when running around and as a result, I miss out on the free feel-good hormones that are released which contributes to my mental wellbeing.

What were the goals?

Diversify stocks
I have made £4000 a month from FBA, Affiliate, dropshipping and stocks
Put money aside for property
Build personal branding
Implement Flexibility lifestyle
I have made 10 sales on eco-friendly direct by partnering up with my business partner
To experience Sensory Tank
Follow thought leaders
Reiki
Start kick Boxing with my brother
New networking event a week
Daily Quote of the day
Get Headshot done
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
LA to Vegas
Drive bmw i8

Anything else you feel is important.

  • Pay for the stuff you need – For the longest time I’ve been team “freemium” but there have been some apps I have upgraded to the premium version of
    • Evernote – used to capture notes and can be accessed from all devices
    • Later – used to schedule Tag Me In Podcast social media posts
  • “It’s not about you it’s about your family” – I’ve become truly geared towards building generational wealth for my family and leaving a legacy for the future generations
  • Build a team – When I look at anything successful there is a team, you can have one man who is the “talent” but there will be people around him. You can have a star player in your team but to win you have to function as a team.
  • “You never stop learning about yourself” – Everyday presents an opportunity to learn something new about yourself
  • “Doing My Best Today” – This is an affirmation I’ve been telling myself, today is the present and I set out to be the best me I can be.
  • When we say “Yes” to something we don’t want, we end up saying “No” to ourselves.

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.