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
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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
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I have had a social catchup with Joyann
I have completed the 4 agreements
I have spent time once a week completing Blinkst
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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.

 

 

July: New and Old Friends

July: New and Old Friendships

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

When I reflect on the past 30 days I think about friendship, what it means and how it feels when you establish a new connection with people.

How our interactions, personality, and values define a friendship and the people we connect with. These unique values are what we add and contribute to others and it’s their unique values that contribute to our life.
Each person has a different aspect to them, which makes us try something new and different.

Friendships whether new or old can bring so much joy into our lives, I have friends who look out for me; who care; who want to know how I am and what I have been doing. Despite being away I have created new friendships, and have been surprised to see the extra mile these new friendships have gone to make me feel welcomed.

What have you achieved?

It may have taken some time but I finally found my motivation zone, the key to unlocking this zone was Routine a forever common theme in my life.

What routine breeds is productivity, it builds a foundation that aids you to complete your tasks and with that gives you a sense of achievement.

Over the last 30 days, I have been planning and creating content such as articles and infographics for both Notesworthy and Best Revision Guide. I’ve learned that content is king when it comes to traffic, hence the focus on creating meaningful and informative content.

A lack of preparation previously led to an increase in workload, admittedly I haven’t mastered this and I am trying to learn from past lessons.

The BME Collective business directory is growing nicely as we aim to improve the relationship of these businesses with the local Bristol community, there are exciting things happening with the BME Collective which if successful could see it grow to the next level.
Over the past year my business partner has been mentioning the need to create a strategy and roadmap for the group, and with new opportunities arising it became a priority and over a 3 day period, we produced a slide deck detailing our goal and vision over the next 3 years.

Lastly, I have been spending some time researching products that I could potentially sell online by dropshipping, whilst travelling I learnt how difficult it is to run and maintain an e-commerce business remotely which has prompted the latest venture of selling environmentally friendly products. For the past 60 days, I have been doing keyword analysis and using tools like Google Trends and Google Ads to identify a small niche within this market space.

What have you struggled with?

How one date reminded me of the emotional ups and downs of dating and how easy it is to revert back to an old way of thinking.

When I’m usually asked about the last time I have dated I tend to say about a year and a half, but if I was, to be honest, I did dip my toe about 10 months ago but it was a strong indicator to me that it was not the right time.
Why so long is the question that usually proceeds and my answer is simple? I wanted to get a better understanding of self, understand my desires and wants from myself and my future partner in a relationship, along with the lessons I failed to learn from in past relationship.

Ever met someone who at first you thought was amazing, to then later discover they have some traits you dislike. How do you feel when this happens? Disappointed.

For the first time allowed myself to entertain the idea of a date, but the date wasn’t exactly how I thought it was going to go. I felt like I giving a coaching session, the whole experience was a reminder of what the dating game is all about.  This whole experience sent me on a rollercoaster of mixed emotions especially annoyance and frustration, but it taught me a lot.
When I reflect on this moment I feel it was necessary, I reverted back to an old way of thinking by getting excited about someone I met in a short space of time, rather than slowing my excitement down, exploring the person to determine what direction thing would go.
It took the “theory” aspect of the past 18 months and showed how the “practical” aspect won’t go as expected. 

What are you working on right now?

I’ve been focusing on Tag Me In Podcast and review our social media platform, initially when we started our strategy was about gaining followers but as time went on we learnt there is more to social media like engagement and content quality. I have been looking at our followers and reviewing who is engaging with our content and whether they actually are gaining value from us.
Continous improve plays a huge factor in my life but strangely enough when I think about Tag Me In Podcast there hasn’t been any major drive for improvements. As always once I have awareness I am able to take action, I’ve been spending time each week looking at Facebook Groups about podcasts and learning from others, engaging in discussions and contributing my knowledge to the group as well.

Adding new content to Best Revision Guide, it has been a while since I had updated it and over time there have been releases of new books for AS and A Levels so there was a number of books to review and add to the site.

With Notesworthy I have finally been able to implement a new workflow to improve the flow of banknote valuations, and also a feature which allows people to sell their old notes for cash.

 

How do you feel physically and mentally?

As mentioned earlier a few days of this month had me in my feelings, but overall I am buzzing mentally. A lurking thought that is becoming louder as time goes on is what does reality look like especially once I stop my travels and potentially return back to my 9-5. I often have to remind myself to be in the present moment and enjoy these moments.

Physically I have been great, I’ve been consistent with going to the gym and focusing on flexibility by stretching every session for about 20 minutes, along with this I have been having some hard landings whilst attempting to do handstands.

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
Read up on Property Investments
To review stock portfilo
To generate additional income into my bank
Source Dropshipping products
Scheduled posts for Notesworthy
Scheduled posts for Best Revision Guide
Completed new workflow for Notesworthy
Make your day rate £865
Stretch atleast 4 times a week
Go to the Gym atleast 4 times a week.
Practice handstands atleast once a week
Focus on building core muscle
Complete 1 wim hof method breathing exercise
Message friends weekly
Message/Speak to family once a week
Adopt SAVERS routine while travelling
Listen to Blinkist once a week
Start to learn a new language – Daily Duolingo
Complete a book a month
Update BME Collective Directory
Think about the goal for BME Collective
To have one unforgottenable moment – maybe a new activity I have never done before

Anything else you feel is important.

 

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

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.