"Hard Choices, Easy Life."
This section is more personal, in nature, as I have been fortunate enough to spend a significant amount of time on my own development. I always love sharing ideas that may help those people around me...so this is a partial summary of that knowledge. I cannot take credit for any of the content, and will source those mentors whom I often look to.
Daily Routine -- "Discipline Equals Freedom"
I truly believe that a strong morning routine is one of the most effective things a human can do. While difficult at first, once you have cultivated a routine, it becomes habit...meaning you no longer find excuses for the things that are most important to you (for example, working out). Here are my "routines":
- Make my bed
- Meditate 20-30 mins
- Happy Body Routine (https://thehappybody.com/)
- Daily Stoic Reading and Journal (https://dailystoic.com/)
- Read 20-30 mins
- Organo Coffee (sometimes I add grass fed butter and purified MCT Oil "Bulletproof Coffee")
- Intermittent Fasting until lunch
By completing the above tasks before 8:00AM, I have set myself up for a solid day ahead, and ensure that I actually get what I want done.
- Workout 4-5x per week, including physiotherapy exercises (which everyone could use)
- Meditate in the afternoon (most days...ideally every day)
- Read or listen to a podcast daily (I never listen to music when I drive now...my favourites are listed below)
- Conversations with Friends - a select group of friends and I meet on the same day and time (Wednesdays at 8:00PM) each week. We have done this for years and the benefits are amazing. I also FaceTime a good friend every Monday night where we share new things we've learned, or discuss our personal lives.
- Date Night (at least bi-weekly)
- Physiotherapy (Monthly) - I see Tom Swales at Concept of Movement in Barrie and he helps me fix small imbalances, making me feel better on a daily basis.
- Goal Check-ins (Quarterly) - This is with my friend with whom I speak with on Monday nights. We 3-5 year goals and ensure we are staying on track.
Recommendations (Books, Podcasts, etc.)
I love sharing the information that I absorb. So rather than tell people "you should read x book", I have decided to put my favourite resources here. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should help one get started.
Favourite Books (non-fiction only)
While I truly love, and value, the knowledge one can obtain through reading, I have found that podcasts have been the second most valuable source of positive change for me in recent years (meditation holds the top spot). Below are the podcasts that I subscribe to, as well as links to some of my favourite episodes. Not all people share the same interests as me, so if you don't like the specific recommendations, then I'd highly recommend just doing a google search of someone you admire and find a podcast that that person has been on.
Too many to list.
Excuse the random list here, but this is a stream of consciousness that I wanted to share.
- Cancel your cable subscription (TV and the news is not helping you move forward)
- Berkey Water Filter Systems
- Don't bring your cell phone into the bedroom (Alarm Clock I use)
- Go for walks as much as possible. Ideally without any form of media.
- Greyscale your phone to become less addicted to it (article here). And turn off (anti-) social media app notifcations.
- Spend time with your parents (Article here about how you've already spent 90% of the time you will spend with your parents by your mid-30s)
- You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with
- Invest your money wisely and don't overpay for financial advisors (book link here)
- Sleep as much as you actually need and drink a lot of water each day
- Do this personality test. You will learn much about yourself, but it's most useful when paired up with those close to you (partner, friends, employees, etc.).
Best of luck with this list!