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Seven-Bullet Monday - January 24, 2022

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

“When we’re confident, we’re focused on the present rather than worried about the future, and that makes it much easier to see how to turn obstacles into opportunities, weaknesses into advantages, and setbacks into breakthroughs.” - Dan Sullivan

When we decide to see difficulties, not as obstacles but instead as opportunities, and to engage those opportunities confidently, seeming setbacks can become little and big victories. Much of it comes down to the perspective we apply, and that’s within our control.

2. A question I am asking myself:

How can I build a training regime that will break some glass ceilings?

There are several things, sports-wise, that I cannot do right now, and I decided that will no longer be the case by mid-year. Per Anders Ericsson’s book, Peak, which I read in October, I need to set out a specific and challenging training regime to break through those limitations. I’ve been thinking about the design, and now I get to execute.

3. A book I am reading:

Unleash the Power Within: Personal Coaching to Transform Your Life – Tony Robbins

We all know Tony Robbins as the pump-you-up guy with his massive live events. He also has his detractors who see them as a lot of froth that doesn’t last. I appreciated this book because there is real substance to what Robbins says, and it will work if we diligently apply it for the long haul, i.e. we commit to a life make-over rather than a few days’ make-up. There are also some hilarious stories he shares in the book, making it a great read/listen.

4. My favourite podcast this week:

The Model Health Show #548 – How to Improve Your Metabolic Fitness with Dr Casey Means

In this podcast, Shawn Stevenson and Dr Casey Means talk about how different bodies react differently to similar foods and the impacts that blood glucose has on metabolic and overall health. As the science of individualized response to food types evolves and becomes broad scale, it will shake up the food industry and the misleading labelling.

5. Hugh-Tips

Come to grips with financial statements

I ran a financial statement 101 training course this week for a group of people in my Company. For the non-accounting folk attending, many found that financial statements weren’t as scary or indecipherable as they had once thought. One hour’s training, and maybe a recap, and they were off to the races as budding accountants 😊. Suppose you want to be a serious investor and to be able to research individual companies. In that case, you should be able to read and interpret basic income statements and balance sheets. Find some basic training material and go through that a couple of times – I will also be happy to share the video of the training I did. Please just ask. The reading and interpreting the financial statements will feel difficult and cumbersome at first. Still, with some application and practice, you can become very handy and you won’t look back from there.

6. My highlight this last week

Receiving kindness during my COVID episode

I went down with COVID-19 on Monday night, but fortunately, it was very mild. I had to quarantine at home and was thinking of ordering some groceries and food. I told my landlady I had COVID and to stay clear. Over the next two days, she made me several meals and insisted on buying some groceries for me. Her kindness and generosity bowled me over, and I feel blessed to be surrounded by the people I have in my life.

7. My challenge to you for this week

Stop and enjoy nature for a few minutes

You may already be a nature-lover, but if not, I encourage you to take a few minutes today to soak up the wonder of nature all around you. You may be running from pillar to post, but you can always afford a minute or two to pause and appreciate. I have been struck by the beauty of the cloud structures in Vancouver this week. The many colours, shapes and sizes have been extraordinary, and knowing they will never be repeated makes them all the more special

Have a wonderful week

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