Eighteen months ago, Marisa and I moved our young family over to France.
During these months I’ve been able to separate myself from the daily grind back home, and experience a completely different culture (not to mention, a new language!)
But don’t get me wrong…
I Haven’t Been Sipping Pina Coladas On a Banana Lounge Watching The Days Roll By…
My mind is too active. And that would probably send me a bit bonkers after a couple of months anyway.
Besides, integrating into a completely different lifestyle isn’t always easy. We had to face some scary challenges, like organising out long stay visas amid massive French red tape… at a time when ‘Brexit’ and immigration is on everyone’s minds…
Some challenges were more comical – like adapting to the French administration systems – which includes a ton of paperwork and lack of any online processing. Imagine this: most people still buy here using a cheque book! You know, it’s not easy to step back 30 years in time!
Of course, we had to learn the language, AND find the courage to speak it. We had to ensure our kids are safe and thriving in their new schools, with new friends and a new language (they’re nailing it by the way!).
In addition, I had to learn the logistics of running a property business from 16,000kms away (massive learning curve and loving every minute of it!)
What did I learn from all this?
Challenges Bring With Them Opportunities
A challenge is an opportunity to grow and evolve… and that’s something we’ve done plenty of.
We’ve embraced every challenge with positivity and enthusiasm. In doing so, we aligned ourselves as a family that experiences life to the full.
I recently read an interview published on Entrepreneur with Dr. Thomas Gilovich. He’s a psychology professor at Cornell University who’s been researching social psychology and decision making for over twenty years.
And you know what he said about experiencing life?
Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”
Dr. Thomas Gilovich, Entrepreneur.com, March 1, 2016
Marisa and I learned to spend our money on experiences rather than stuff (not that there’s anything wrong with having a few material luxuries as well).
Focusing on experience and life balance – rather than the daily grind – has led me to a new commitment that I’m finally ready to share with you:
Don’t worry, I’m not about to get all spiritual and hippy on you now… no incense sticks, aromatic candles or funky yoga pants.
But…. what I’ve discovered is just too good not to share.
You see, I’ve been meditating on and off for the past 20 years … knowing the benefits can be life changing, but never being able to integrate it into my life consistently.
So it never had a real, lasting effect.
Enter Andy Puddicombe, the creator of Headspace – a gym membership for the mind.
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Andy’s work sparked my interest when I first heard his nine minutes TED talk. If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a big favour and click play now:
In the above video, Andy asks the audience, “When was the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? No texting, talking or even thinking?”
That Question Hit Home For Me
I immediately set about downloading his Headspace app, which led me to buying the full version… and I love it.
Like every project I start, whether it be learning property investing strategies, training for a marathon or studying meditation, I always try to do it with consistency.
Andy’s Headspace app is addictive. He’s created a structure that is easy to follow with a down to earth approach that anyone can follow.
In the three months I’ve been using the app, and under Andy’s guidance, I’ve sat down and practiced being mindful almost every day.
Spending just 5-15 minutes a day, it quickly accumulates to a massive total of 17 hours across 80 sessions!
I’m pretty results driven… and I like to work the numbers.
So I’ve calculated that by continuing this daily commitment consistently, in nine months time, I would have completed about 100 hours of meditating in one year.
That’s two and a half 40 hour work weeks – devoted to improving the wellbeing of my most valued asset – my mind!
Do you think that will have a lasting affect on the quality of my life and the life I lead? Absolutely!
Not only that, it benefits the people around me (especially Marisa and the kids!), the decisions I make, and the outlook I have on everything I experience.
How Does All Of This Tie In With Property Investing?
Well, property investing is a long term wealth creation strategy, and anything long term is going to require discipline.
Likewise, anything done consistently for the long term will always generate phenomenal results.
Furthermore, focussing on training your mind to function at its highest capacity is the foundation to countless successful people in wide ranging niches.
So my belief is that consistency (having discipline over the long term) and mindfulness (having the right mindset) are the foundations to achieving our desired outcomes – in property, and life in general.
I Want To Invest In Your Most Valuable Asset
Why not give it a go?
You have nothing to lose, and I reckon every one of us can spare 10 mins a day to nurture our most valuable asset… your own mind!
In fact, I want to make an investment in you.
A 12 months membership to the Headspace app and website costs $15 a month. That’s the price, but as any property investor knows – we always compare the asking price to our valuation…
… and in this case, I believe that Headspace is absolutely priceless. There’s no way to put a cap on the importance of functioning at your peak potential every day for the rest of your life!
So I’ve decided that the first five readers to take action and leave a comment below this blog post will receive from me a FREE 1 month subscription to Headspace to try it out.
Are you up for investing in yourself?
If you are…Then I’ll see you at the top!