When I started this blog, one of the things I was planning to focus on was personal development. Goal setting is a substantial aspect of personal growth. So here are my goals for the upcoming month.
- Wake up before 6 AM on weekdays and no later than 8 AM on weekends
- Continue to meditate on Sermon on the Mount
- Complete the BodyBoss Pre Training in readiness to start Kick Start Body Boss in October
- Finish reading at least one new book
- Research and brainstorm my business plan
1. Waking Up Early
Has it been easy? Not really! Over the last few months I had been trying to get 8 hours of sleep. This meant I had a very late alarm set at around 07:30 AM. That was more than enough to get me to work by 9 AM. I started losing a lot of benefits because of this late wake up plan though. Especially I missed my Me-Time before the day began. Now I am trying to get back to what used to be once my wake up time. And I am terribly tempted to hit the snooze button.
I have done it for 4 days already 26 more days to go! Follow me on my Instagram and support my progress.
2. Bible Reading
I am currently following a Bible Reading plan with some friends focussing on the Sermon on the Mount. We read a few verses each day from the Sermon on the Mount each morning and meditate on them.
The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of teachings of Jesus. It is found in the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7. It includes some of the central tenets of Christians like the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes.
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Recently I had been reading the book The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma. And when I skimmed the book initially, one of the interesting suggestions from this book was about the 20/20/20 formula. In summary, the book showed a framework for a morning routine. It advised on three pockets of 20 minutes every morning.
- Pocket #1 – 05:00 to 05:20 – Move i.e. Exercise
- Pocket #2 – 05:20 to 05:40 – Reflect i.e. Journal/Meditate
- Pocket #3 – 05:40 to 06:00 – Grow i.e. Review Goals/Read books
I have not yet started waking up at 5 AM. Nor am I good at squeezing my exercise routine into under 20 minutes. But one of my takeaways from this advice was to include some exercise in my morning routine.
Because I love variety, I decided to try out BodyBoss. It is a 12-week fitness programme. Since then I found out I am far from fit to jump into week 1. So I have decided to start with the 4-week pre-training in September.
When I decided to wake up by 6 AM a few days ago, I wanted an anchoring activity – something I could do when I wake up. And that is why I picked up reading. Before my marriage, I had all the time in my world and could spend hours together huddled in a cosy corner with a book. I am trying to bring back that habit utilising my morning routine.
It is very early stages to reveal anything more about this. But let me just say that I have got this business idea that I had been pondering about for a few months now. And it is high time I take some action on it. During September, I want to explore this opportunity more. I want to focus on putting together a draft Business Plan. I want to launch the business without any financial assistance (aka Business Loan). Therefore, I need to very clear about my plans even before I can think about the launch.
I will continue to post my progress on these goals over the course of the month. So stay tuned.