Towards the end of 2017 I posted my goals for 2018. Broadly speaking I had two goals; continue to improve my physical health and to read more. I set the goal of reducing my body fat to under 15%. I also set the goal of reading 26 books in 2018; a book every two-weeks. So, how am I faring against those goals…..
Well my body fat percentage has stayed roughly the same since I posted my goals on New Years’ Eve. In defence of my lack of progress I did have a period of a week where I was basically bedridden with flu and ate nothing but the food Deliveroo supplied me with. Following on from that, I had my kidney stones which again left me in a fair amount of pain and then a period of blind panic whilst trying to catch up on university work.
My reading goal is going much better though. So far, in 2018 I have read:
I’m about halfway through another book at the moment; 12 Strong by Doug Stanton.
That’s 9 books completed in 17 weeks so I’m on the way to hitting my target. It’s strange because I had a to-read list and virtually none of the books I’ve read have come off that list. Instead, I seem to be buying more books and finishing those before tackling my to-read list…
You can probably detect a theme in the types of books I’m reading. With the exception of A Higher Call and 12 Strong, the remaining books are focused on money, investing, banking and personal development. Anyone who knows me well, will know that I’m always trying to learn. I had my mind blown at the start of the year when someone recommended Rich Dad, Poor Dad to me. As someone who felt they had a decent understanding of how money works, this book turned my entire way of thinking on its head. I devoured that book, and two more books by Robert Kiyosaki in quick succession. I would say that those books more than anything else have lit a fire in me to change for the better.
I think the book I enjoyed the most was A Higher Call. As someone who has read extensively about the Second World War, it was surprising to read about such an unusual event that I knew nothing about. There are not many books that have had an emotional impact on me but this one definitely did. I challenge anyone to read this book and not feel like shedding the odd tear or two.
I’ve detected a common theme in the works of many successful people. Success and financial independence all start with an idea. It is a fallacy that it takes money to make money. Anyone can make money with the right application of will, action and education. In our developed world virtually everyone has the ability to access the internet whether at home, work, a café or a public library. From that point they have access to a vast wealth of information. The knowledge is out there, if people want to use it.
Education + Will + Action = Success.
Although I am content with the progress I am making with my reading and general education, I am not content with the progress I am making with my weight loss, which has pretty much stalled since the turn of the year. As such, this week sees the return of the weight loss charity challenge. Some months ago I ran a challenge for a few weeks where I made a donation to charity which depended on how much weight I have lost. I am going to change things up a bit in this next version of the challenge.
Each week I will aim to lose 1kg. If I succeed I will donate £10 to a charity of my choosing. If I fail, I will donate £10 to a charity chosen by my readers. I will weigh in each Sunday.
For this week, my starting weight was 96.9kg. If I succeed in dropping to at least 95.9kg by Sunday 6th May then I will donate £10 to the Cathedral Archer Project.
The Cathedral Archer Project help homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield. They’re a great charity and I’ve donated clothes and food to them before. They’re a hard working bunch of people and if you would like to donate to them independently, you can follow the URL above and find their donation page.
Anyway, this is a bit of a rambling post but I’ve not really updated this blog or site much lately with everything else that has been going on. Thanks for reading, and please comment with your choice of charity for if I fail to hit my target.
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