I don’t know about you all, but I’m excited about 2019! Last year was a great year for myself and All-Around Adventure. The podcast has grown, I’ve got to connect with some amazing people, I got in amazing shape, and the list goes on! This was because I had put great systems and strategies in place. Most of which I’ll be carrying over so I can win and be successful this year as well. So for this article, I wanted to share five ways that you can win in 2019, and this is by no means an exhaustive list.
1. Take care of your body!
I put this as #1 because I believe that it must come first. Your body is the vessel with which you will do all things. If your body is not performing optimally, then that’ll trickle into the other areas of your life. I remember a few times during my own travels when I was really out of shape. This made my time miserable, and I didn’t enjoy the amazing things around me because I had such low energy. But if you’re taking good care of your body by exercising regularly, eating the proper nutrition, drinking plenty of water, and getting adequate sleep. You will have the energy and focus to show up in all areas of your life. It will also make your travels much more fun and enjoyable.
When it comes to exercise, there are so many different avenues to take. Some people believe that in order to be fit, you have to be ripped, jacked, cut, shredded, or some other crazy adjective. Which no doubt is a valid goal if that’s what you want to achieve. Though any activity that you choose to get yourself moving that you can enjoy and stick with is also valid. You can do weight training, Crossfit, running, cycling, swimming, dancing, martial arts, or maybe a mix of things.
Nutrition, on the other hand, is probably more important than physical training. Though at first glance, nutrition can seem to be a bit complex, as you’ve probably heard of many different diets, supplements, and other things out there that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. But in reality, though, you already know how to eat healthily. If I were to show you an apple in one hand, and a candy bar in the other. You know which of those two is the healthy option. It’s the same if I were to show you a grilled chicken breast and a fast-food burger, or a bowl of almonds and a bowl of potato chips. You know which foods out there are healthy, and which ones are not. You just have to be deliberate with what you choose to put in your body.
Sleeping is something that you also must be deliberate with. If you know that you need to be up at a certain time the next morning, be in bed eight hours prior. Turn off your computer and all other screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime, and set out your clothes and anything else you’ll need first thing in the morning. That way you can go to bed with the relaxing thought that everything is ready to go when you get up in the morning. For more information on getting better sleep, check out episode 8 on the podcast: 5 Tips for Better Sleep.
2. Write shit down!
This especially applies to your goals! I wrote my goals down on my whiteboard that is hanging behind my desk. Having them written down and visually apparent makes them more real. So write them down on your own whiteboard, put them in your planner or hell even make them your background on your home and work computer screens as well. This will also hold you accountable whenever you feel like doing things that would prevent you from achieving your goals.
However, writing down your goals is just the first step. A plan with tactics on how you want to achieve those goals should also be written down. For instance, one of my goals is to revamp my website. Therefore, one of the tactics I wrote down was to commit at least two hours a week to doing web design. Another goal I have is to go to Australia, and the tactic I wrote down is to set aside $50 a week to save for the trip.
3. Hack away at the unessential!
Bruce Lee once said, “It’s not the daily increase, but the daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential”. Lately, I’ve been taking inventory of things in my life that take up quite a bit of time that don’t move the needle towards bettering any areas of my life. Many of these include but are not limited to; social media, YouTube, negative people, and TV shows.
Now some of these can be beneficial. Social media is a helpful tool for growing my brand, and I’ve been able to connect with guests for the podcast through it. There are also a lot of inspirational and informative people who are posting videos on YouTube. Though these platforms can become problematic, especially when we go down the rabbit hole of scrolling through never-ending feeds. Or engaging in shouting matches over political posts that only end with you and others being pissed off and nothing gets solved.
If not used in moderation, these can prevent you from working towards doing the things that can better yourself, and help you win at life. Or even worse, take you back mentally and emotionally. So see what are some non-essentials that you have in your life that you can hack away. See if you can spend less time on your phone and read a book instead. Or instead of watching a show or a YouTube video, go for a walk and get some exercise, and let your senses take in the world around you.
4. Build strong connections!
Personally, I’m introverted by nature. Though through travel, and my podcast, I’ve come to form connections with some incredible people. I’ve got to talk to people who went from having next to nothing to building successful businesses. I’ve heard stories from someone who has set world records. And I’ve also got to talk to everyday people who are working to do amazing things and live fulfilling lives.
One of the ways I’ve been able to connect with the guests who come on my show, many of whom have a much larger following than I do, was that I would offer them a win-win. I would make sure that they had the opportunity to talk about their blogs, books, products, etc. to not only share with my audience but with their own as well. By showing them that I was willing to step up to bat for them however I could, they were more inclined to join me on the podcast.
And I feel that that is important in any relationship. It’s not just about what others can do for you or how they can enhance your life, it’s also about what you can bring to the table. Another example of this is with some of the friends that I have who are living abroad. A couple of years ago I spent Christmas in the home of a good friend in Germany. Now he’s planning a trip here to the United States, and it’ll be my turn to open up my doors to him.
5. Be consistent!
Not to toot my own horn, but at the beginning of 2018, I only had a little over 400 total downloads on my podcast. However, I wrapped up 2018 with pushing 15,000! Which ultimately is not that huge of a number, I’m certainly no Joe Rogan! But it’s still 37 times more than what I started with at the beginning of the year, which is a huge increase. This is because I was willing to publish a new episode every single weekend.
Even if I was sick, or tired, or pissed off, or whatever else, an episode still went live. This consistent schedule has definitely been the biggest factor in the growth of my podcast. Another great example of consistency comes from my conversation with Mario Tomic (Episode 40). He uploaded a new video on his YouTube channel every single day for an entire year. As a result, he now has over 100,000 subscribers!
This goes for everything! Whether it is your fitness, your business, saving money for travel, your relationships, your career, or whatever else. It is consistent action towards bettering yourself every day that will get you the results and reach the next levels that you want to achieve.
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And until next time; be safe, happy travels, and always move forward!