Happy New Year. I hope the hangover isn’t too aggressive, and that you have had a wonderful Christmas. If you read ‘When’ by Dan Pink, a book I have mentioned previously, you know the start of anything is a great time to seize the initiative. So, whether it’s your health, wealth or happiness, make sure you set some goals to make 2021 amazing. Here are a few things I’ve found interesting lately.
Episode 22: In 2008, Mark Beaumont broke the around the world cycling record by an incredible 82 days, covering the 18,000 miles unsupported in just 194 days. He then returned with a support crew 10 years later to achieve the same feat in an incredible 78 days, averaging an astonishing 240 miles a day.
I wanted to know more about how Mark achieves such incredible endurance and where he thinks the best cycling in the world is.
What I’ve Been Watching
Over the festive period I watched ‘The First Man’, the story of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. It is a fantastic film that really highlights how much of a risk the Apollo crews were taking, and the amateurish approach that NASA took in order to beat the Russians. There really was a limited expectation for him and Buzz Aldrin to return. The film brilliantly takes you into the key moments through fantastic cinematography and is well worth watching.
App I’ve Found Useful
At this time of the year, you should be writing down your goals for the year ahead. Research shows that if you write down goals that scare you but won’t kill you; goals that make you step outside your comfort zone, you achieve a lot more. When you find that big goal, whether it is a 3 year or a 1 year goal, you then need to chunk it backwards; so what do I need to do this quarter, this month and this week to be on track. Like eating an elephant, if you take one bite at a time, it’s amazing how much you can achieve.
My team and I use a tool I have developed over the years that takes the time management and goal setting wisdom of Brian Tracey, Strategic Coach and Tony Robbins, to name a few. It combines this wisdom into one practical tool for planning your time that I have called The Limitless Life Planner. If you want to give it a go, you can download it from here. Remember, aim for the stars, and even if you fall short, you’ll still reach the moon!
What I’ve Been Reading
If you want to improve your health this year (assuming your knees are up to it), running is about the best thing you can do. It is amazing for the body and the mind - but go easy. As someone that used to describe running as ‘sport with all the fun bits removed’, I found one of the best ways to get into it was to listen to running related books while you venture out yourself. Whether it is ‘Born to Run’ by Christopher McDougall, ‘The Lost Art of Running’ by Shane Benzie, or one of Vassos Alexander’s books, like his latest ‘Running Up That Hill: The Highs and Lows of Going That Bit Further’…it doesn’t really matter, as long as you enjoy it. The latter is a very funny rendition of how Vassos got into ultra-running and really is worth enjoying while you too head out into the unknown.
Quote of the Week
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
- C.S. Lewis
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
After all the excesses of Christmas; the huge Christmas feasts, the frequency of mince pie and alcohol consumption, or the Quality Streets for breakfast, we often arrive in January craving a detox.
Cutting out the bad and focusing on the good leaves you feeling amazing, and allows you to approach the year in better health and with a better mindset. If you want to try our 2-week challenge; a health detox, you can here.
It isn’t just our health that needs a detox though, it’s often our finances too. Clearing out the old policies and shares that are carrying a little too much weight, and reinvigorating your money can make a massive difference over the long term. So, if you or someone you know needs to detox their finances and clean out the dead wood, the New Year is a great time to take the initiative, and we’d love to help you create a better future by doing so.