1. We’re not in the body transformation business
Before this year, I always thought what we did as a business was purely body transformation. But the more I think about it, and speak to our clients who are experiencing our work, I’ve realised that we’re not just changing bodies, we’re changing lives.
since starting to work with us.
the body provided the vehicle to make the necessary change in other areas of life.
2. I’ve found my why
I’m also aware of the seasonality of your ‘why’. I know I want a family in the future, and so another big part of my ‘why’ is to design my life to facilitate being as much of an active father as possible. I have an ‘ideal’ day in mind that I’m working towards that revolves around family, writing and building the business to achieve the mission I stated above, so everything I do now has a series of objective filters to pass to make sure I’m on track.
3. Any version of success is fine
Instead, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of ‘success will be having X number of clients’, or ‘success will be earning X amount’. What I’ve now realised is this is a fast route to constantly chasing a never-ending tail, and not in alignment of my mission, nor my ‘why’.
I remember speaking to a good friend of mine recently, and he asked me where I saw the business going in the next few years. I replied stating ‘X number of clients with X number of coaches’. His reaction was exactly what I needed to hear: ‘and then what, what will that do for you?’
4. My morning writing is critical
I’ve learned at various times this year just how critical my morning window of writing is for me. Besides being the big driver behind building RNT, it’s far more than that. I’ve noticed that even after just a few days of being unable to write that I really miss it, and I feel ‘off sync’.
There’s something very sacred about this time of day that centres me, activates ‘flow state’ and gives me my ‘me time’ before opening myself up to the influx of emails, messages and social media that comes with the territory of having an online business.
5. Power of journaling
For most days, my morning routine is as simple as this:
- Wake up
- Brush teeth
- Mix up 1tsp psyllium husk, 1/3 tsp pink Himalayan salt, squeeze of lemon to drink
- Start writing for 1 to 3 hours
I’ve never been a fan of complicated morning routines because of the increased likelihood that I just won’t stick to it.
More recently though, I’ve been looking for a way of writing in a completely free-form, offline and unpublished style that’s just for me. So I started journaling in a notebook every morning for 5 to 10 minutes, just after I brush my teeth.
The best bit for me is the lack of purpose in the writing. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, if it adds value or if it makes sense. It’s just a time to write whatever comes into my head when I wake up. It could be a problem I’m trying to solve, showing gratitude, remembering my dreams, what I learned yesterday, or anything at all.
A cool benefit I’ve noticed is that it starts to bring me into peak state so that when I do open my laptop 10 minutes later, I can start punching away immediately.
6. The necessity of short periods of solo travel
Last year during my ‘top 20’, I wrote that solo travel was underrated. This year, I’d go as far as saying it’s necessary for everyone to do at some point.
When you’re stuck in the daily hustle of normal life, you can’t see the forest for the trees; you end up being right against the tree trunk. It’s only when you step back and look at the branches, you can really see what’s happening.
7. Don’t procrastinate on making hard, but growth inducing decisions
I count myself lucky that I’ve got an extremely strong support network around me who aren’t afraid to tell me the truth. After dinner with a good friend of mine back in July, he said to me, ‘Akash, why are you always up later now, and out for dinner or whatever almost every night?’
Deep down I knew why, but chose to ignore it. The very next day I was up at my usual time running off minimal sleep and I fell asleep while writing on my laptop! I’d never done this before, so I knew something was up. The same comment was then made by my parents shortly after, but they went a step further and asked me when I was going to deal with the issue once and for all.
What’s funny looking back is as soon as I’d had the conversation, the need to ‘buy social time’ and escape from my day to day stopped. Escapism is a funny concept, and one I never understood the reasoning for until this year. It comes in many forms, both good and bad, but they share a commonality in that it requires you to fix what’s going on inside first.
8. Not everyone will have the same values, vision and priorities
If there was one lesson I could take away from 2018, it’d be this. Everyone is different. As cliched as it sounds, I’ve learned that everyone’s values, priorities and visions are different. And that’s completely fine. It’s just important to be aware of this, do your due diligence, and act accordingly. The only race I can run is my own, and I’ve learnt that I need to always focus on driving my own future goals forward without having anything holding me back, or forcing me to compromise when it doesn’t make sense to do so.
9. I really enjoy podcasting
10.I’m embracing going out of my comfort zone
It all comes back to the concept of knowing that when there’s fear behind a decision or an action, it’s going to be growth inducing. The only ever option is to lean in.
12.Go slow to go fast
Around September time, I brought on a consultant at RNT to help with various operations, strategy and streamlining different systems. At the same time, he’s also serving as a business coach, and so far the impact has been very refreshing.
13.Building a team to produce great work
This time last year, there was no team RNT. A year later there’s a team of five of us, and having this team may be one of my favourite parts of building RNT so far. I can’t do everything myself, and a team on board has meant we can impact more people, and change more lives.
14.No one is getting the insights we are
15.Creating the personal element to an online business
16.The freedom of fasting
wanted to try something new to drive the deficit.
In the past, I’d wake up, write for an hour, and then eat. Now I wake up and work for five hours before I eat anything. The amount I’m able to get done is game changing, and there’s something liberating about not having to spend time cooking and eating in early morning.
17.Debunking popular bodybuilding practices
Leading on from success of the fasting experiment, I’ve slowly begun to challenge many of the bodybuilding practices I’ve religiously held onto for almost a decade of training.
The most noteworthy ones have been protein intake, and my consumption of animal meat. For ten years I’ve eaten almost 1.2g/lb of protein every day, with about 600 grams to a kilo of meat consumed daily.
When I started the fasting experiment, I decided to also lower my protein intake to about 0.8g/lb, and reduce my animal meat meals to only dinner time. Despite initial fears of
losing muscle, the only side effects I’ve really noticed are improved digestion and a cheaper shopping bill!
18.Building a physique takes years
Phase 1: Fat loss
Phase 2: Reverse Diet
Phase 3: Muscle Building
Repeat 1 to 3+ times
These are the first three phases that everyone should go through, with a substantial emphasis on the latter. The muscle building phase should last a minimum of 12 months, and should be treated as seriously as a fat loss phase. This means staying in a surplus, embracing the ‘fluff’, and training like an animal. Many people fall short on phase 3, and so never
build on their initial results.
19.It takes much less to maintain a physique, than it does to build
20.Balancing the yin and yang
strategic time away from work, and build in periods into my week where I spend it with those who energise and ground me, and help me see things in a different light.
With a goal of travelling 12 times in 12 months, spreading the RNT message into even more countries worldwide, and continuing to find my own feet in this funny thing called life, I’m pumped to see where I am after another 12 months.