2019 In Review

I know it’s the 2nd week in February, but better late than never. I’ve been super busy and working on this between coaching and micro breaks in my schedule. 

So to begin with, if you don’t like seeing other people succeed then I’d stop reading this now, because I am going to un-apologetically discuss and share all my wins and magic moments from 2019. 

On reflection and review, 2019 was by far the best and most successful year of my life both personally and professionally. 

Enriched always by the strong love and connection I am surrounded with.

Most importantly we are all healthy, fitter and stronger. Life is really beautiful and I am squeezing as much awesome-sauce out of it as I can. 

What I learned from the hard stuff

Obviously, I have encountered challenges, obstacles and problems, just like everyone does at times. 

At times during 2019, my self care process had been far from perfect and due to that I paid the price and suffered. Consequently this had a detrimental effect on those closest in my personal inner circle.

I spent a lot of time crying in 2019. In 2020 it’s my intention to be happier.

I’ve learned from it because as much as success leaves clues so does failure. There is nothing I can do about last year because it’s past. My focus must be in my present day and the future reality that I am creating. 

I am fully aware that life is light and dark and that it’s up to me to keep the light bright with a solid daily routine and focused self care process. 

As the majority of my time and focus goes into our coaching businesses, I’ll start with our ‘Professional Successes’

DMC’s Professional Successes

It was a strong year with me coaching passionately in DMC HQ and leading my crew forward.

Collectively we all worked towards improving the performance of the business and the facilities. I’m very, very proud of the ‘feel’ and look of DMC HQ. 

Gym Before and Afters

The DMC Crew have collectively created a beautiful environment for personal reflection, growth and transformation.

The experience our clients enjoy has been well received from our client base and also our many long term students who are still with us. 

Retention is the key to a successful coaching business and 65 % of our yearly revenues comes from the results we produce and the relationships we create with our incredible clients. 

We have also enjoyed welcoming new clients into their fitness journey and watching them develop and grow. It is so fulfilling. 

All areas of the business have been innovated and improved, and I made sure that the working environment and employment packages of my coaches were improved further. 

I pride myself on being a conscious entrepreneur and business owner, and I make sure my crew are well taken care off. 

We added Colin Wood to the DMC Crew as our digital media and marketing specialist and he’s playing a valuable role in developing this project further. 

I enjoyed some intense, beautiful and magical moments with my clients.  It’s hard to verbalise the power and magnitude of how emotionally charged this is. 

It’s one consciousness in action and it’s the feeling of pure unconditional love between two humans. I feel so privileged to be able to share intimate connection like this with others. 

Stephen R Covey Quote

We celebrated the gyms 8th Birthday and I had the video below made to share my gratitude and appreciation. 

I invested several thousand of pounds in business coaching, specifically branding coaching. I created a beautiful brand bible, while working on the businesses vision mission and values. This was a great investment. 

We’ve now completed a full rebrand which was a slow but highly rewarding process. 

Outside of coaching and business development, I enjoyed continued success in my ‘Professional Speaking’.

I presented my mental health awareness and motivation workshop for newly qualified dentists in the Dental Universities in Glasgow and Edinburgh and received some excellent feedback. 

I presented a goal setting workshop at the very first Strength to Succeed in Middlesbrough during January. Then in July I was invited back to be the MCEE for the event and to deliver my workshop again. 

The impact these events have is incredible. So many life saving transformations. I’m very proud to be part of the team and to serve at that level. 

The latest event was just recently held at the Jury’s Inn, Middlesbrough, on the 30 & 31st of January.

strength to succeed 2020

I did two after dinner speeches firstly for Albion Rovers football team and then at the Property Investment Academy’s annual awards night where I also had the honour of presenting some awards. 

Albion Rovers Dinner
Gareth winning award

I invested a lot of time in my own ‘Personal Fitness Training’.

I am vocal on social media that in order to be happy and successful in life, we must all work on our fitness across three levels. 

1 – Physical Fitness 

I healed from various injuries in my ankle, calf, elbow and neck. 

I taught myself how to balance on my head and hold various positions. 

I improved my boxing, kickboxing and martial arts skills. 

I hired a new movement coach and I am throughly enjoying developing under his tutelage, improving my flexibility, mobility strength and all components of fitness. I also enjoyed learning how to use Mace, Club Bell and other specialist tools. 

I smashed 4 hours off of my Cateran Yomp time, completing the 56 mile gold route in 21hrs and 46 mins. 

I improved the ascetics of my body, resulting in me now wearing all my favourite clothes in my ideal sizes. 

I improved my mobility flexibility and posture by developing new skills through adding new exercises into my warm activation and cool down processes. 

I exercised most days throughout 2019 in phases of up to 30 days, consistently. 

2 – Mental Fitness 

I was up and alive, every business day between 2-3am. On my days off I slept till 5am. This takes mental discipline, will power and diligence to achieve and I am proud of my consistency. 

I worked on my focus, concentration and critical thinking. 

To be honest it wasn’t all plain sailing. I spent a fair bit of time fighting with myself mentally which was a total waste of energy. A bit too hedonistic at times and allowing dis-empowering habits to be created and embedded. I always got myself realigned and centered again but it was fucking exhausting.

When my over thinking got too much I spoke to my therapist and had some epic sessions with her. 

I always quickly and holistically got myself back on track by forgiving myself, realigning to my true path and connecting with my higher self. 

Going into 2019 I knew I had to improve my ‘Emotional Fitness’. This is where my peace of mind comes from and where my self worth and self esteem are. 

I know I have ongoing issues with my self image and self esteem. I’ve worked really hard at improving these by journaling, reciting my affirmations and incantations. I also do my mirror work every day. 

Throughout the year I tackled a few Munro’s which is not only fantastic for my physical health but excellent for the mind too. It really is chicken soup for the soul.

In December, I went on an adventure to Rythmia in Costa Rica. Then went through their spiritual and higher consciousness program, which was equally the most beautiful and challenging experience of my life so far. 

I am going back in May to do it all again. 

Personal and professional education 

I am a personal development geek and spent time improving my education. 

In January, I attended a week long intensive elite professional speakers course. 

I went to London in March and September, attending the PSU Professional Speakers Academy for weekend courses to improve my communication skills and business skills.

I won two awards in 2019. The first one for story telling and the second for being the most Inspirational Speaker. This was a global award and I was up against some amazing competition in the shortlist. 

Picking up this award was the proudest moment for me in 2019.

Accepting speaker award

I read these books:

  1. The Pledge
  2. Dotcom Secrets
  3. Oversubscribed
  4. 50th Rule on audible – finished
  5. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay on audible – excellent, 5 days to finish.
  6. The 4 Agreements
  7. Growth Hacker Marketing
  8. Expert Secrets
  9. 12 Rules For Life – Dr Jordan B. Peterson
  10. Rise Up – Stormzy
  11. Recovery – Russel Brand
  12. Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life – Wayne Dryer

I enjoyed watching many episodes of Impact Theory.

I listen to a lot of what Dr Jordan Peterson has to say.

First thing every morning I listened to the messages of Abraham through Esther Hicks. 

Family Success

As a family we enjoyed lots of fun and laughter  on holidays in Port Elizabeth South Africa, Gairloch Scotland and Serigeme in Turkey. 

Surprising Mary with her grand children was a highlight of our year. 

In Gairloch I bouldered for the first time with the boys, did an epic training session on the beach throwing rocks about. The scenery there is truly wonderful. 

We had many meals out. Food is such an important part of our lives. 

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For a few months prior to Turkey I trained the boys in the swimming poll which meant I could focus on their diving in Turkey. 

Financial Success 

Paid all the outgoings personally and professionally on time. 

We decreased our debts. 

We saved each month. 

We got approved for a mortgage and are in the process of buying our house. We’ve been renting it these last 5 years as we didn’t qualify for a mortgage, until now. The day we get a copy of the deeds will be a reason to celebrate. 

Personal Success 

I enjoyed watching the sunrise at the start of the Ironman while on holiday

Music is a huge part of my day. I was lucky to have my friend and professional singer songwriter Daniel Docherty sing for me at my house a few times, 

I travelled to Rotterdam to see Xavier Rudd perform. Wow, what an amazing trip that was. 

So as you can see it was a year full of love, connection, growth and contribution. I am really proud of what we all achieved and the many magical moments I enjoyed. 

Now it’s time to set up for an even bigger, better and stronger 2020. 

In the words of Buzz Lightyear …. to infinity and beyond. 

Davie McConnachie

Davie McConnachie, creator of DMC Fitness and Dynamic Mind Conditioning, is an expert health and wellness coach, multi-award winning motivational speaker, award-winning gym owner, writer, and published poet.

Athletically, Davie has competed nationally in MMA, Boxing, and Thai Boxing, and internationally in kettlebell sport. Davie enjoyed the London Marathon, several half marathons and is a regular mountain trekker.

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