I first wrote on MyAwakening just over a month ago with ‘A little each day equals a lot at the end of the day’ and am happy to report that I now have a much better name for my two cents of progress every month.
Here I write about my existing Streaks, new Streaks, things I’ve found to help or not help, the current stage that I am at with my startup business and a bunch of other information that I seem to be enjoying and/or benefiting from. I hope that there’s something that you can get out of this piece.
It cannot be stressed enough just how important are Streaks. A little each day really does build into amazing progress, exceptional focus and strong discipline. As author Earl Nightingale said ‘Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway’. Use this time!
Author Seth Godin (on The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast) spoke about by publishing pieces online, one is susceptible to being held accountable to their statements and predictions, so this article is a way for me to hold myself accountable of my progress and of continuing my Streak.
To pick up where we left off, my streaks are currently as follows:
Morning Routine – Day 107
Spanish – Day 157
Touch Typing – Day 29
Reading – 2 ebooks & 1 audio book
Flossing – 14 months
- For my morning routine, I added an 11th item to the list of what I’m grateful for. This 11th item cannot be the same as one previously written so I am constantly thinking about new things that I am grateful for. Thank you 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey for that one.
- Stretches are still going strong and I am as flexible as I have ever been. Today was day 69 of the year (69 push ups, 69 sit ups and a 69 second plank). I just need to get to the gym at east once a week to work on my back.
- Duolingo is an amazing app for language learning. My mother is taking me to a Spanish restaurant for my birthday, so I guess that I’d better impress. Dias felices (‘Happy Days’ for those playing at home)
- I should’ve listened to Mrs Claxton in year 8 and I’d already be great at touch typing. But I didn’t, so here I am, 28 days in and seeing some excellent progress.
- I failed to mention this last time, but I’ve been in the habit of flossing every day for over a year now, my longest current streak. According to author Neil Strauss, this could lengthen my life by a possible 7 years? Yeah I’ve a missed a day here and there, but I’ve averaged at least 6 days per week.
I made the decision at the start of this year to be a sponge and to learn as much as I could. Part of this reason is because I want to successfully IPO a company in the next two years. More on that shortly. I also want to be more valuable. Both Tony Robbins & T.Harv Eker both speak about an individual finding success is making themselves more valuable to others to solve their problems. I designed a website for a non-profit last week. Who would’ve thought? Wix.com is so user friendly, I highly recommend it.
I am currently getting through 3 books. Two ebooks and an audiobook. I have set the goal of 5-10 pages per day of each, and the audio book every spare moment whether driving, doing the dishes or hanging the out the washing. I view this as a continuation of my study. There’s so much to learn from some of the world’s most intelligent, successful and interesting people. There’s an app called Speedtube which I use for speeding up audiobooks or anything for that matter that I find on YouTube. I have also been ultising Tim Ferriss’s speed reading guide, I’ll link it at the end.
I am back into Podcasts again in a big way. I am getting so much value from Tim Ferriss’s Podcast (The Tim Ferriss Show, currently about 15th on the charts). He has some incredible guests and this is from where that I get most of my book suggestions.
I have also been listening to ‘StartUp’ by Gimlet Media. I listened to all thirty-something episodes in about a week. It’s about Gimlet Media, starting in episode one with an idea and growing into a very successful company. Season two they follow an independent company’s journey. It’s exceptional for many lessons including ‘What are some of the questions that I need to be prepared for when pitching to investors?’
If this sort of thing isn’t your cup of tea, check out Serial, one of the most popular podcasts in the world and a very addictive listen.
Last time I spoke of the incredible difference that I found placing my main goal of 2016 (to create a successful company specific to the industry that I will be entering and a specific amount that it will sell for) at the top of my to-do list everyday so it was the first task that I both focused on and worked on every day. The results have been excellent. This business, which I will tell you all about in due time, is a start-up venture with a business partner of mine who I will also speak about in later articles of the Streak.
At the moment we’re trying to secure seed capital to start the project. It’s a very unique idea with a rapidly growing niche, and we’re extremely excited. We hope to see significant progress in the coming months. Preparing a business plan, Information Memorandum, Investor Brief, Heads of Agreement and Non-Disclosure agreements has certainly been an enjoyable process of hard work, discipline and constant learning.
To help me function near my peak potential, I value getting up early and I’m amazed at just how much better I function sleeping 11pm-7am compared with 2am-10am. Getting up the first time that I wake up, and not snoozing makes a huge difference as well. Easier said than done some mornings.
About a month ago, my girlfriend Keera and I started experimenting with green drinks. We make it on the weekends, then freeze them and have them every weekday morning. Those NutriNinjas are insane. We’ve noticed such a difference in our energy and regularity that we’re still doing it. The recipe is: Broccoli, Kale, Spinach, Avocado, Mango, Banana, Chia seeds, Supergreens powder, Matcha Tea powder, Pea protein powder (or WPI/WPC), ice & water. It actually tastes pretty good. We’ve cut a lot of sugar out of our diet since watching ‘That Sugar Film’ so that helps us appreciate food that isn’t as sweet.
In regards to my learning, I chose to read both a personal development book and a business book simultaneously so I can’t be constantly be working on both areas. So far I have gotten more out of the personal development books. As humans, we tend to worry too much about the silliest of things, and by reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, I learned a bit about why I was doing this and was able to make sense of the impermanence of my thoughts and how they are just that, thoughts.
To quote this book again (7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey) I spend more time in quadrant II instead of focusing on quadrant I. To put it simply, I value and focus on the time that I am able to spend with friends & family more than I ever have, instead of getting caught up in ticking the next item off my To-Do list that is apparently ‘urgent’.
My dear Nana has taught me a couple of great tricks lately.
- When she’s cut open an avocado, she stores it in the fridge in a sealed plastic take-away container and it refuses to go brown.
- When she’s out of milk, she just adds 20% condensed milk to 80% water.
- I recently sped up my track pad on my laptop to increase productivity. Took me 5 minutes to get used to it. Thanks Noah Kagan! (Employee #30 at Facebook and #4 at mint.com)
- For inspiration, I sometimes head over to kickstarter.com to see some of the crazy inventions that StartUps are trying to raise funds for.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I hope that you were able to get something out of it.
Do you have a suggestion of another skill that I should add to my Streak?
In the words of my Nana:
‘Do it today because there might not be tomorrow’
Earl Nightingale – earlnightingale.com
Seth Godin – fourhourworkweek.com/2016/02/10/seth-godin/
Tim Ferriss Podcast – fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/
Duolingo – Learn any language. Find it at the app store
Touch Typing – typingstudy.com
Neil Strauss – neilstrauss.com
Tony Robbins – tonyrobbins.com
T. Harv Eker – harveker.com
Speedtube – Speed up any YouTube clip. Find it at the app store
Tim Ferriss Speed Reading – fourhourworkweek.com/2009/07/30/speed-reading-and-accelerated-learning/
Wix.com – Create websites with this incredible user-friendly product
StartUp Podcast – gimletmedia.com/show/startup/
Serial Podcast – serialpodcast.org
Kickstarter.com – Inspirational inventions looking for funding
NutriNinja – ninjaprep.com.au
That Sugar Film Documentary – thatsugarfilm.com
Noah Kagan – fourhourworkweek.com/2015/05/07/noah-kagan/
Book – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey
Book – A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle