May: Am I a producer or a consumer?

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

 

Am I a producer or a consumer?

I remember waking up one morning with this question rattling around in my mind and it unravelled a lot.

This very question was able to put my life into perspective, it made me wonder – on an average day am I more of a consumer or a producer.

Everyday items/services are ideas was generated by an individual.

The Gram

Instagram is a platform that illustrates the producer/consumer dynamics.

By actively scrolling through the explore page I am a consumer, yet on the other side, there is a producer.
This producer is creating content and this is the ecosystem of social media, for this ecosystem to work it needs both consumers and producers.

A consumer engagement fuels the producer to produce more, and it’s our consumption that adds value to that producer.

Other than that what is the value of being a consumer?

 


What have you achieved?

 

Do experiences make memories?

Every month I plan to do a new experience in an attempt to create new memories, these memories create markers in time –“Oh yeah, May was when I did”

Looking back on the month I have been fortunate to experience so many new experiences but also share them with others:-

 

 


Remember when we?

Sharing these experiences with others can enhance these memories,  it’s proven that if you want to create good friendships share experiences with them; step away from the usual meet and do something different.

 

What have you struggled with?

 

Do you even fuel your mind though?

One book a month used to be my monthly challenge and now it’s starting to look like one book every 3 months.
Education is the gateway to success

There isn’t any real reason why I have been failing at this challenge, the harsh reality is I have dropped the ball on my own personal education.
Rolling back the months I used to spend the mornings listening to Blinkist, an app that summarises non-fiction books into 10 to 15 minutes audio clips.
These morning sessions allowed me to expand my general knowledge of areas that I did not actively have an interest in.

More streams of income?

The quest to generate new streams of income has resulted in some loss.

Each loss has felt like a setback and it does discourage me.

Yet if you don’t try how will you make a difference.

 

What are you working on right now?

 

Rebuilding the foundations

There are some key fundamental cornerstone habits which help with life, and when one of these habits are removed; things start to fall down.

Blocks of wellbeing

Forming these blocks takes time and often need to be shaped and moulded to fit.

A habit may work today but you could fall out of love with it, meaning you will have to reshape it and find a new one.

These blocks are:-

  • Diet
  • Fitness
  • Meditation
  • Planning
  • Sleep

 

How do you feel physically and mentally?

May I?

May has been a “maybe I could” type of months.

A month filled with no real burning desire to execute or take action, it is a strange place but in life, you have to roll with the punches.

Where do you spend your money?

I once listened to a millionaire speak about where people should invest their money.

Your shoes and your bed!

He said we spend most our time either walking around in our shoes and sleeping in our beds, he didn’t mention investing in X company but simply advise our wellbeing is worth more.

For months I’ve been sleeping on a not so comfortable mattress until I said enough was enough and purchased a new mattress and it was worth every penny.

Goodbye painful shoulders in the morning and hello blissful night sleeps

 

What are your future goals?

 

To make a profit on FX for the month
To make at least one active stock trade – IPO
To have a property offer accepted
To actively spend time in the evening stretching and working on core muscles
Morning meditation
Daily Gratitude Journal
Daily Visualisation/law of attraction
Spend 2/3 days with Friends
Start kick Boxing with brother
Connect with further family
Blinkist in the morning
Finish 4 hour work week
Learn from Adzvice
Record Realigned
BME Collective – Team formation – BME restaurant
Zero gravity experience
Learn how to fly a plane
Go outdoors more


Anything else you feel is important.

  • Do you ever think of global warming? – What will you do if the UK become flooded or there is a severe climate change
  • 50 percent of our time is spent on maintenance – That’s time spent sleep, working out and getting ready for the day.
  • Don’t forget how you feel in a situation. Don’t forget to put yourself first.
  • Despite being a man of the match, it doesn’t matter, as long as the team wins – a lot of us want to shine and do a job but we often forget that doesn’t matter if your team doesn’t win.

  • Be careful of the energy you put out
  • Do not walk signs – We automatically look at labels and perceive it in a way that may be wrong, does a do not walk sign mean run.

  • If you can show someone there is an alternative route than things become possible.
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.