People who know me would say that I am always happy, encouraging and someone who lives life to the fullest. I believe that this is because I constantly exercise physically, emotionally and spiritually each and everyday.
I have learnt that one great way to succeed in life is to surround yourself with great people. So I encourage you to hang around people who build you up, not drag you down and who fill you with encouragement and positive thoughts. Doing this will help set you on the path to succeed anything you ever wanted to achieve.
There are many people out there who have achieved their dreams and childhood fantasy’s and I encourage you to read about them and learn what they did to succeed and achieve their dreams.
People like Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordon and Michael Phelps all have quality’s that not only made them unique, but made them achieve their own personal goals.
This website will be full of great tips and tricks to live your best life and achieve everything you ever though possible (and impossible).
As an elite athlete I am constantly setting short, medium and long terms goals. For example I started out wanted to represent my club, then state, then country. I didn’t start straight out competing for Australia and if I did, why would I bother training? It’s a bit obvious that I had to work and train hard for everything I have achieved.
Setting goals are very important but it is equally important to know that setting goals doesn’t mean that you will reach them – if this was the case then every new years resolution would be fulfilled.
You must understand that every goal you set has a price tag.
Everything costs something. How much is your goal/goals going to cost?
For me, to qualify for the Olympics I had to pay for trips overseas for training as well as competitions. I had to pay for 5 knee operations, physiotherapy and nutritional advice. Qualifying for the 2008 Olympics and then missing out on the 2012 Olympics cost me 5 knee operations as well as thousands of hours being away from my wife and family as well as the financial sacrifice made by my family.
It was pretty tough.
I have had to say no to hundreds of birthday partys, weddings and other important events in order to wake up early and train.
I had to watch what I ate to perform to the best of my ability. I had to deal with the emotional high and lows of winning and losing on the national and international stage.
That’s what it cost to achieve my dream.
For others though the cost might be a lot less. They may be naturally gifted. They may have great financial backing or they may just somehow make the team year after year with not much effort on their part.
That is why it is important to not rank, rate or compare yourself and your dreams with other people – because their price tag might be different to yours – It might cost more or it may cost a lot less.
Some people are lucky and they can have it all. For example, Canadian born skier Dale Begg smith trains for 3 months of the year for the winter Olympics (where he has won gold) while he makes millions of dollars on the side with an online business.
Some people say he is lucky. And yes I believe he is lucky but he also put steps in place so that he could achieve his dreams and goals. He knew with his natural ability and with great financial backing he could win gold by only training 3 months of the year. That was his educated decision – and that’s fine. We can argue all day about “my sport is harder than yours or my sport is more popular than yours or that your a genetic freak and it is unfair.” But this arguing is all going back to ranking yourselves against others which is just not a good thing.
What are your goals?
What’s your price tag?
How much are you willing to pay for that?
Here is an example: You may want to lose 20 kilograms. What’s that going to cost? I know at a basic level it means you are going to have to start dieting and begin exercising more intensely. Are you willing to put in the work?
Do you want a promotion at work?? What’s that going to cost? You may have to do a short course on the side to gains few extra skills needed to get that job promotion.
You may even want to get a boyfriend or girlfriend, What’s that going to cost? Maybe you might have to buy some new clothes and have a hair cut. Start learning how to talk to people instead of talking about yourself all the time. Maybe get out of your comfort zone or it may even mean that you have to critically analyse your personal skills. Do you gossip? Are you easily offended? Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Are you fun to be around?
Do you want to achieve your Black belt?? Then start putting in the effort to memorize the throws and putting in the hours for a spotless black belt grading.
Everything in this world has a price tag and the only way you are going to achieve your dreams and visions is to be willing to pay the price.
This week on Facebook I put up a quote by Bedros Keuilian “The fastest, easiest and most direct way to success is to model it. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, surround yourself with people who are already achieving what you want. Model success.”
If you want to succeed in a particular arena then start learning and modelling yourself after the people who have already succeeded in that arena.
For example: do you want to own 15 houses? Then start researching and reading books on people who own 100 houses. Learn from them and model yourself after them. I gurantee that if you do what they did you will surely own a house or 2.
Do you want to win the Olympics in Judo?? Then start modelling yourself after them. copy what they do. Copy their habits and copy their approach to training and life.
I have heard so many people say “I want to win the olympics but no one in my country has ever won the Olympics so I have no one to model myself after.”
My answer to these people is to go on YouTube and watch a few videos of successful grapplers – there are plenty on there.
- The Jimmy Pedro Documentary
- Doug Rogers Judo Doco
- Choke by Rickson Gracie
- Some aspects of the Koga DVD
- The interview parts of the Huizinga DVD
- Dan gable doco Freestyle wrestling
Or grab some books on successful sportsmen.
- Finding the Champion within by Bruce Jenner
- My life in Judo by Neil adams
- Never stop Pushing by Rulon Gardener (Wrestler)
- It’s True, It’s True Kurt Angle
In the end, If you really want to succeed there are no secret tricks or tips. Just hard work and a drive from deep within yourself. I believe that your motivation has to come from within yourself. If your motivation comes from external sources such as family or friends you will not drive as hard as you possibly can because you are not doing it for yourself but for others.
Or as Muhummad Ali says:
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.
So what is your price tag?? And are you willing to pay for it.