How Would You Like To Improve The Wellbeing Of Your Most Valued Asset?
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!
22 thoughts on "How Would You Like To Improve The Wellbeing Of Your Most Valued Asset?"
Hey Matt, great post as always! I’ve already got a Headspace subscription so I’m not commenting for the competition, but rather to support your opinion! I’ve seen great results, especially in my relationships with others and the quality of my sleep, using Headspace. And of course – better sleeps means sharper mind all day long!
Thanks Meron and awesome to hear you are already using Headspace. I look forward to the quiet time everyday 🙂
Hi Matt, thanks for posting the great content on here. The only kind of mediation I’ve done has been an instructor guided one while at a health retreat but I enjoyed it and would love to try the app out to get back into that state of mind.
Hi Ellen. YOu’re first cab off the rank so well done and I’m so glad you are ready to give this a go. I’ll organise your subscription this week and email you the details. Enjoy the training 🙂
Hi Matt, that’s a great & thoughtful offer. I would love to try out Headspace. Like you, I am a big believer but can’t seem to integrate meditation consistently into everyday life. This sounds really interesting.
Hi Peggy. Sounds like we’re on the same page with this 🙂 You’ll love the structure Andy provides in the Headspace training. I’ll email you the details this week with your subscription login. Enjoy the mind shift 🙂
Hey Matt, I am certainly interested in giving it a go!
Hi Simon. Great to see you have an open mind with this technique and hope you really benefit form the subscription I’ll be emailing you. Love to hear how you go mate. cheers, Matt
Keen to give it a go Matt. Thanks for the insight! Nothing like a little “me” time….
Hi Adam. You got it mate. Me time is so important. It’s taken me a long time to prioritise this into my day and now I have a structure I’m loving the benefits and excited to see the long term effects. I’ll be in touch via email with your subscription details. Enjoy the Headspace App 🙂
I would love to try out that Headspace App. I need help to think clearer and regain my focus.
Hi Lerene. Yep I agree, clarity is everything and this will certainly give you that if you commit to using the training consistently. I’ll let you know details of your Headspace subscription via email soon! Cheers, Matt
Hi Matt, thanks for the great post. Like you, my mind is always active and never switches off even in the early hours of the morning. I’d love to give Head Space a go ?
Hi Dave… another mind burning the midnight oil! You’ll love this app Dave, its really helped me slow the pace down a little and create a lot more clarity in all areas of my life. You missed out on the subscription giveaway but I found this link that will give you 3 months for a $1: http://hdspce.co/2bZSCDj
Hope to see you inside the Headspace app Dave and be sure to send me a buddy invite when you subscribe! Cheers, Matt
Great post Matt. A healthy mind is so essential to success in all areas of ones life. A timely reminder to make the time to actively develop and grow in this area. Would love to give it a try.
Hi Jason, thanks for the feedback mate and yes you’re spot on.. a healthy mind is everything! Hey you just missed out on the paid subscription but I found this link that will give you 3 months for a $1 if you act quick:http://hdspce.co/2bZSCDj
Hope to see you inside the Headspace app Jason – send me a buddy invite when you’re in there! Cheers, Matt
A great investment Matt! If you have any left I will jump in…..
Hi Neil… you just missed out mate but I found this link that will give you 3 months for a $1 if you act quick:http://hdspce.co/2bZSCDj
Hope to see you inside the Headspace app Neil – send me a buddy invite when you’re in there! Cheers, Matt
I’ve been meditating daily for a couple of months, and I’ve got into a bit of a rut. This app could be perfect to take my meditation to the next level.
I know you said only the first five would get a subscription, but if you don’t ask you don’t get! Any space for one more?
Hi Nick, you sound like where I was a few months ago. Hey you missed out on the paid subscription but i did see a promotional link from Headspace offering 3 months for $1.. check it out here http://hdspce.co/2bZSCDj
Hope to see you inside the Headspace app Nick – send me a buddy invite when you’re in there! Cheers, Matt
Thanks matt. The mind is absolutely a muscle to keep in shape. Looking forward to watching the ted talk link you provided. Would love a headspace subscription. Kind wishes. Theresa
Hi Theresa. Thanks for the comments and great to see your interest in Headspace. Unfortunately, I’ve already given away the 5 subscriptions but I saw they have a special on at the moment at this link: http://hdspce.co/2bZSCDj Hope to see you inside the Headspace app Theresa! Cheers, Matt