1. Learn to back off
Up till a few months ago, I thought I was a machine. I thought no matter how much I burnt the candle at both ends, my body, brain and mind would keep going. I guess many of you will have felt the same thing at some point, but the outcome was one I didn’t see coming at all.
2. Battling for an outlet
One of the best things I’ve done in the past few years is take email off my phone. I genuinely think it’s a game changer for anyone who runs their own business and struggles to switch off.
It allows me to mentally recharge in a way I didn’t think I previously could. As someone who’s always thought of himself as an introvert, it should be the opposite. Yet, now that I work from home alone most of the day, it means I can get out of my own head and reignite my productivity output for the next day.
3. Training is engrained into life
I recently agreed to taking a psychometric assessment as part of some research a friend of mine was conducting with different business owners on their values, priorities and daily processes.
It’s just part of what I do. I know that four days a week, I’ll train. It’s in my diary every week, and it’s a non-negotiable. I know 80-90% of my meals will be on point. I don’t feel good if it skews any lower. It’s just part of what I do, and I don’t give it second thought anymore.
4. Disconnecting through travel
One of the things I love about what I do is the flexibility it affords me. I can essentially work from anywhere and anytime. Since leaving full time PT and setting up RNT, I’ve fully embraced this, and I absolutely love it.
My rule of no email on my phone means I can truly disconnect and absorb a completely new environment.
I’m also a firm believer that travel broadens the mind, sparks creativity and enables you to look at the bigger picture. We spend so much time staring at the trunk of the tree during the daily grind, that we never stand back to notice the branches.
5. Celebrating small wins
I spoke earlier about being unable to feel much satisfaction from anything I accomplish. The positive in this is that I’ll never rest on my laurels, and continue to push more and more. I always think I can do a better job. Whether it’s an article, a client transformation, or a business target.
Mentally though, it can’t be good.
I’ve talked about this with a few close friends who also run their own businesses, and a recurring theme was to learn to celebrate the small wins.
This doesn’t mean a pat on the back to yourself every time you do something worthwhile. That’s not the aim. But if you know you’re on a long road, and you’re the type who’ll keep driving until you run out of gas, you need to incorporate pit stops along the way to acknowledge what you’ve done.
manner that I can enjoy the ride and stay fresh throughout.
6. Surviving our first year in business
I have no idea what the start up failure stats are exactly, but I know they don’t make for fun reading. Which is why reaching a year on the 24th May 2018 was something worth celebrating, which we certainly did in style during our trip to the West Coast (I’m learning!).
7. Scaling is all in the team
This is my hidden trump card, and I know at any time I can call on a number of close friends, family and clients. In fact, most of my difficult ‘problems’ are typically solved over food or drinks with one of my ‘consiglieres’ (I’m in Sicily so what better way to word it!), and I’ll always be forever grateful to those who have put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to help us.
8. Duty of giving back
When we had the owner of Elitefts, Dave Tate, on our podcast earlier this year, we asked him why he thought his company had stood the test of time in an industry known for ‘flash
in the pan successes’ and no real stability.
9. Social stigmas in Asian culture
I was taken aback earlier this year by the response to the article ‘Social Stigmas in Asian Culture’. Never has an article I’ve written hit home with so many people, which is both eye-opening yet also worrying.
If there was one thing I’ve learnt since starting my career in health and fitness is that it is possible to follow your passion, make a living and enjoy the ride along the way. I see far too many people making money but merely existing in dead-end, unfulfilling jobs out of fear of failure. This isn’t saying everyone should run their own business, but life’s too short to hate what you do.
10. The RNT family effect
I touched earlier on the culture of RNT being a breeding ground for results. It’s been amazing to witness the increasing quality of results as we’ve grown, and I can only put this down to what I call the ‘RNT family effect’.
When I heard about this, I knew we were onto something with the culture and community that was being built. This is exactly what we wanted when creating RNT, and it makes me excited for the upcoming summer RNT meet up!