2017 Habits Newsletter
Well, we are 3 months into 2017, and I am very excited! Last year was terrific, but I have bigger goals and new commitments for my life.
I would like to divulge some of my habits that I have started to work on this year. Please let me know what you are working on.
In 2017, I am devoted to concentrating on shifting the patterns that will have a huge impact on my life. I have decided that it is time for me to make some serious changes, and it all began with me making a serious commitment to excellence. I would like to share my plan with you. This will help me stay motivated and focused. Sharing my plan with you will also give me an opportunity to learn from you. As John Dunn once said, “No man is an island. No one is complete unto himself.”
I have always been fascinated with the power of the mind, body, and spirit. I firmly believe that you can do anything in life if your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony. Let’s see how we can support each other while pursuing our goals.
Here are a few things that I have set as my goals during this New Year. Please let me know what you are up to. I would love to hear your ideas and learn about your habits.
My first step begins with myself. I know that I have to stay mentally and physically healthy if I expect to be a wonderful father. The same can be said if I expect to live up to my full potential. Mental health and physical health build on each other. They have a close relationship that cannot be broken!
I will simplify my habits and goals into three primary categories.
Here are several habits that I am working on. By the way, what do you do?
I don’t mind waking up early in the morning. Getting my day off to a great start will be my main focus.
When I wake up (5:00 a.m.), I have my radio programmed to get me going with inspirational speeches on Spotify. I proceed with reading a self-improvement book that will inspire me to become a better person.
Have you heard of “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss? What about “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod? If you haven’t read them, I encourage you to pick them up today. I am impressed with the layout so much that most of my goals/habits will be simplified into three main categories.
Tim takes exceptional interviews from his podcast “The Tim Ferris Show” and puts his best material into small chapters (2-5 pages). Each chapter has highlights from the interview.
Here are some of my favorite tactics and people from the book:
Former Navy Seal Jocko Wilink – How to bounce back from setbacks and failures in life.
Anthony Robbins – How to maximize your mornings.
Retired Four Star General Stanly McChrystal – How to increase your mental strength with three practices.
The book has three categories that I like and plan on using for my habits.
He has interviewed famous people like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Thiel (billionaire investor), Ric Ruben, and famous motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. They are all world-class superstars in their respective fields.
They have accomplished so many things in their lives. In the book, they are asked simple and funny questions. For instance, they were asked, “What was the best $100 you ever spent?”
Here are three interesting things that stand out in the book:
-The common belief that failure is not durable.
-Almost everyone has been able to turn their biggest weakness into their greatest strength.
-80% of the people featured in the book meditate.
Reading this book has inspired me to form the habit of meditating at least five to ten minutes each day. I can honestly say that meditation has already created a big effect on my life.
For example, I don’t have a problem with falling asleep at night. Before, I could never sleep throughout the night. I have had this problem since I was a child. In many cases, my mind would wake me up in the middle of the night. I would play around with fresh ideas in my head. I would lay there and think about finding new real estate deals for my portfolio.
I have tried meditating in the past, but I did not have any success. I thought that I would be able to sit still in a quiet room with my eyes closed for five minutes. My patience prevented me from having a short meditation session.
Well, I learned something new! I discovered two free apps (limited access for free version), Calm & Headspace. These special apps will guide you through a timed meditation. On Audible, they have “channels” that showcase podcasts. I decided to download several sleep meditations. I must be brutally honest, they have changed my life. After I listen to these guided meditations, I fall asleep like a baby.
Calm & Headspace takes me through a meditative session that last for ten minutes. A calm voice gives you thorough instructions. It really feels like I am getting a stimulating mental massage. I believe that meditation is the best way to restart your brain. Restarting your brain will empty the content that is slowing it down.
I decided to record my daily food intake, and set my calorie limit to 1,500 a day. On occasion, I will add extra calories if I exercise. My fitness pal is one great app that helps me keep track of my calories. I just take a picture of the barcode and it does the rest!
If I continue attending my spin classes, I will accomplish a goal that I have had for many years. I really want to start teaching spin to a younger generation. I used to teach spin when I arrived here in San Diego. Unfortunately, my real estate business started to consume most of my day.
I feel that I can benefit from being a spin substitute teacher. It will help me stay healthy and accountable.
Fit Bit – This was a gift, and I am so happy that my best friend decided to buy it for me. Fit Bit also tracks my sleep. I discovered that I have been able to get at least seven hours of sleep for the past four weeks. This is incredible!
Swim, Spin, Yoga – I choose specific days for these exercises, depending on my mood or how my day is going. For example, I really enjoy swimming in the evening. It helps me relax after a long day at work.
Zig Ziglar once said, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough people get what they want.” I plan on helping five people a day. I think this strategy will help me reach my goals. In real estate, I have learned that relationships are the keys to success.
Saving for Retirement
I really regret not listening to my father earlier in my life. He always stressed how important it is to save. I wish I would have stuffed cash into my Roth Ira when I was in a lower-income bracket.
I always counted on getting a better return from my real estate investments. Well, this approach backfired on me. I should have listened to Dad!
I have divided up the maximum amount that I can deposit into my 401k by 12, and put it into my retirement.
I recently bought the app Robinhood. It helps you trade stocks for free. This is great for anyone who is interested in learning the stock game without putting their money at risk.
I have noticed that my life improves when I fill my head with quality stuff. Listening and learning while driving is incredible!
I now use Acorn to conserve my loose change and use it to fund my traveling. Iended up being able to take my daughters to China for ten days in February. You can do the same if you start saving.
Acorn is simple to use. Submit your bank account information (the site is secure), and your transactions will appear on the screen. It will round each figure to the dollar amount and give you the option of investing your change. Acorn is really helping me when it comes to saving for the future.
Learning how to excel in the kitchen has been a tough struggle. Over time, I have gotten better. I now can cook a decent meal without poisoning someone.
I purchased a Traeger BBQ Grill at Costco. I couldn’t resist the temptation to take it home after having a brief conversation with the salesmen. You simply add wood pellets that willburn at your desired temperature. It is so simple and fun to use!
My kids get excited, but also nervous when I get on the grill. Reading 4-hour Chef by Tim Ferris has helped me become a better cook. The 4-hour chef is the book that introduced me to Tim and his unique writing style.
This book is designed to instruct you on how you can learn anything with ease. It uses cooking as a method of learning.
Reading daily is another habit that I am working on. In February, I read “Tool of Titans”, “The Miracle Morning”, and “The One Thing”. I am fortunate to have my mother as my accountability partner. She has been a big help in 2017. I am learning that commitments require focus, desire, and dedication.
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