Welcome to Chapter 23 of Dan Bennett - The Diary of a Bored Kid!
Welcome back guys!
I hope everyone is well and had a great week!
I'm not going to lie, it feels like Groundhog Day. This is the first time I've experienced full lockdown for an extended period of time since March 2020.
For the first two weeks it was fine, I had Caitlin with me. For the next two weeks, it was okay I just dived head first into my work. Now, we are nearly into the last week of February, and to be honest everything is starting to feel like Groundhog Day.
The same routine...
Wake up, emails, walk, coffee, workout, work, lunch, walk, work, dinner, bed...
It's starting to drive me slightly insane and I've only been like this for 2 and a half months. My deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the people who have been stuck like this since last year.
A couple of the people I follow on socials on various sides of the planet have been experiencing relative normality. For example, in Adelaide, Australia, no masks are required and the world looks completely normal.
My friends in Boston.. Fairly normal, but still some COVID measures in place.
My friends in Georgia.. They're out at night clubs.
My friends in Florida.. I don't think they ever realized there was a pandemic in the first place.
Here in the UK, I'm kind of allowed out for a walk a few times a day. No eye contact allowed with anyone else outside your home though...
Seeing cities around the world starting to return to relative normality not only gives me hope for better times to come, but it also gives me low-key crowd related anxiety. I'm not going to know how to deal with so many people around when the world eventually opens back up.
All I can say is, I'm extremely looking forward to a cold beer in a sunny pub garden when the time comes.
The things I'd taken for granted my whole life are starting to feel like absolute luxuries. Funny how that works...
So... Jumping into this weeks episode of The Diary of a Bored Kid!
It's been a busy week at HQ!
It's funny how much you can get done, when all you can do is work and you aren't allowed out the house.
I feel like I've been grounded again like I often was when I was growing up haha.
But for real it's been a really productive week.
This week I brought in a new business mentor to help me strategize and scale our online offerings for The DB Accountability Academy. Having a strategy and direction to build client funnels and drive traffic has been a massive learning curve. It's only February and I have already learned so much that it's quite scary.
It's also quite humbling to learn that the things you thought were accurate, in fact aren't and you have to go back to the drawing board. Oh well, such is life!
I still have so much to learn but being in an environment where I can learn everyday is key. No matter what happens, if I come out of this experience with a completely new skillset then that will be good enough for me!
More big news, is that I brought my friend Jordan on board with The Academy to Head up Strength & Conditioning. Jordans' sole responsibility is to design our fitness culture, and how we want to communicate our health & fitness philosophy to our clients.
Jord will work 1:1 with all of our clients to ensure they are completely transformed and have a thorough education in regards to their workouts and the key tools that create substantial change to their fitness.
It's really exciting to see it all come together. Once we start onboarding more clients and officially unveil our 90 day challenge, I'm really excited to see the scale of results that we will be able to give customers.
The end goal for me is to build a really motivated community of people who are dedicated to creating really positive change in their lives, be it physical, personal or professional.
Whatever happens, it's exciting seeing it all coming together and will be cool looking back on this and how it all transpired.
The biggest thing I need to keep reminding myself it to enjoy the journey. Rome wasn't built in a day, but they worked on it everyday. But I do ask myself, I wonder if they enjoyed the building of the empire in realtime?
That's something I need to focus on, because you never get this time back and I spend more time stressing about the what if's than actually enjoying how quickly this whole thing is coming together.
It wasn't too long ago that I was having the Sunday scaries and now I can't wait to wake up in the morning, get my morning exercise done and jump into more stuff to grow and build this thing to actually be something substantial, that will really benefit people.
I recently signed up to one of my favorite authors weekly newsletters, and he often asks some thought provoking questions and gives suggestions for some of the stuff he uses in his own life to gain clarity on the topics and aspects of his work that he wants to focus on. This weeks quote that resonated with me was as such;
"A ship is safe in a harbor, but that is not what ships are built for." - Author John Shedd on taking risks.
I've mentioned this before but since I have been home, this has been the first time I have been living back with my Mum in nearly 7 years. Being away from home for so long, you forget what it's like being so close, but it feels great to be back.
We were having a conversation the other day, and she said something along the lines of; "It's so awesome how aspirational you are Dan. You have so much stuff you want to do."
It was a lovely comment, which I am sure I shrugged off and half laughing said; "It's a blessing and a curse."
You invite on a lot of outside pressure when you have the sort of goals I do, and sometimes I don't do myself any favors because I am always stretching and pushing for the next thing and causing myself stress and anxiety in the meantime. But how I am wired, I don't think I would ever have it any other way.
So to wrap up this weeks post - I am going to make an effort to enjoy my process more. I'm a big believer in "Micro Speed, Macro Patience." In the short term you have to work as fast as possible to get as much as possible you can done, however in the long term things take time to build and overnight successes don't exist.
I challenge you to do the same. There is nothing fulfilling about wishing away your current moment so you can get to the next moment. There is nothing fulfilling about stressing in the current moment largely about what you can/can't control.
So I'm taking a stand with myself to start enjoying the process more.
"You are currently in the part of your life, that you used to look forward too."
As always guys thank you for reading.
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