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January. Relaxation. Perspective.

January’a never been much of a busy month for me. The markets are weak, the weather is poor and racing interest is low.

In previous years I’ve filled the gap with snowboarding trips. But as I get older I find it’s harder and harder to get friends to commit to such trips. Time off work, finances and ‘permission from the Mrs’ are amongst the toughest obstacles.

So this year I did something different.

Last Minute Break…

The second half of last year was pretty busy. What with Profit Rush, the Cricket Trading Guide and managing more and more people, my journey has developed somewhat. It’s hard to believe how far things have come since I started this blog.

You can see the very first post here.

pint beer in sun

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it gave me plenty of time to think. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life…

Benefits of Relaxation

When I look back to this post in September, I think maybe I was a little confused and worn-out.

Although I don’t like to admit it, others around me (and some of the comments on that post) were probably correct.

Burn-out is possible.

Taking time out to ‘just do nothing’ and relax is a good thing. It forces you to see things differently, whilst being extracted from the noise.

Switching off is something I find incredibly hard. Those close to me have described me as ‘relentless’ or ‘like a dog with a bone’ in the past, and I can’t disagree. I think it’s one of my best qualities as it’s seen me rise through a lot of problems…

But taking a break with only one item on the agenda was an enlightening experience.

to do list

Perspective:

I think it’s likely I’ll take a few more of these ‘enforced’ breaks in the near future. I need them to develop further.

It goes against my default non-stop thought process but I’ve learned it’s beneficial. Mainly because, when you do stop, put yourself in a different environment and do nothing, you start to think and see things differently.

Gaining a different perspective on things is extremely important to me. If there’s one thing that betting and trading has taught me, it’s that perspective changes everything. 5 different people can look at one betting market, see the same information, and come to totally different conclusions. Seeing it from all angles is an advantage in itself.

…okay, I couldn’t quite do ‘nothing’ all week. But a cheeky beach-side Q & A only took a few minutes.

If you haven’t seen it, here it is…

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