Archives for January 2015

THE 3 STEP STRATEGY TO SUCCESS

3 steps to success

Today folks, I’m going to cover something that’s so simple, yet massively critical to your success (or lack thereof) in virtually every facet of your life.

First up, I want to get something straight.

Despite the title of this article, the path to success is a largely unique and somewhat unknown journey. There is no clear-cut, single path to achieving success.

There is no “one size fits all” road map to success. Your success is going to be individual. It’s unique to you, your business, development etc. It’s in direct relation to your life situation.

You can’t recreate the exact same success of others. Your success is your success. See it as such.

Another point worth mentioning, that’ll save you a ton of frustration is:

When you take the first step towards your goals, it’s like stepping off into the unknown.

You’ll be forced into the darkness without any light.

You’ll come face to face with your biggest enemy. The enemy within.

It’s the unknown that scares the hell out of people and the biggest cause of procrastination. That fear of the unkown holds them back, preventing them from pursuing their passion.

Understand and accept the fact that you won’t have the answers to everything. (Especially in the beginning). You’ll figure things out as you gradually progress, grow in experience and ascend that success ladder.

The point of this article, is to give you the basic, essential steps to get you started on your journey of personal development, growth and without sounding to damn repetitive, SUCCESS.

Here goes…

THE 3 STEPS TO SUCCESS:

  • Vision
  • Action
  • Hard Work

Step 1: Vision

Have a clear, precise vision. What do you have to impart onto and impact this world? What part do you have to play? How can you add value and lead to the betterment of humanity and the world around?

Personal example: When I created WARRIOR 101, I had a distinct vision to help others realize their potential to get into the best shape they could. It was based on my own experience and what I’d found to be effective in my own physique pursuit.

Step 2: Action

Once you have your vision, go forth and work endlessly to see it come to fruition. Put your soul and entire being into fuelling whatever you seek to create. Ultimately you’ve got to take the initiative and JUST FRIGGING DO IT.

Personal example: Having clearly laid out the vision, I got to work, writing, illustrating and compiling everything together. It took months of work, since I was doing everything myself.

Nights spent editing, re-writing interspersed with days spent working on illustrations and taking photos.

I wrote. I wrote till my fingers bled and my nails turned blue, then I wrote some more. (Just my little Fight Club parody).

Which brings me onto the next point.

Step 3: Hard, Hard, Work

Work your ass off. Once you’ve taken the plunge, work diligently to achieve your goals and reach your pinnacle.

Realise and understand that you will face struggles, battle hardships along the way. Hey, Life’s hard. The universe will present challenges to you.

They’re tests to see how committed you are to your initial vision.

Do you have the conviction to follow through and see it to completion?

It’s simple, fairly basic stuff that, once you grasp and utilise will greatly benefit from. (I know I have).

We all know this deep down inside. In fact anybody that ever achieved anything noteworthy used these basic steps to get the ball rolling and propel them.

It’s like the skeleton, the backbone of achievement.

Unfortunately, few of us actually ever take the time to implement. It’s an unfortunate consequence of the world we live in today.

The pace of life is driving us to want results now, without putting in the time and effort to earn it.

This is apparent via the sheer number of people sucking and leeching on the system, claiming benefits for which they have no entitlement.

Essentially it comes down to this:

If you haven’t worked and sweated to earn something, you won’t appreciate the true value. It’s just another dispensable item.

I’m on this journey, like the rest of you. I haven’t reached the pinnacle of my success, if there is such a thing.

However, I’ve gone through a hell of a lot of personal development and growth and created a successful mental, physical and spiritual shift within.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of this journey and from where I am at currently, it’s this:

Invest in yourself. Invest in your personal growth and development.

Choose and read books that quench your thirst for learning and betterment. The way you live your life is what ultimately makes you successful. Live with purpose and you’ll cultivate the success you seek.

WHAT SPARKS YOUR SOUL?

what sparks your soul?

During the Christmas period, I was fortunate enough to adventure and journey through southern Spain. It was during this time I found myself questioning the journey, the path I was on. This way of the warrior, the traveller, the adventurer.

It’s in adventure we gain a new perspective on our lives,  learn new things about ourselves and the world around us. Travel opens our outlook on the world and helps us to get a deeper sense of our position within the world.

In my case adventure time is reflective time. It’s a time to try and experience new things, sure. It’s also a time to look at where you are right now in your journey (life) and evaluate how far you’ve come and where you’re headed.

Whether you’re traveling to foreign lands, or commuting to the office, there’s plenty of opportunities to grow and improve at hand. All you have to do is reach out and take them.

Maybe you’ve strayed off the beaten track, no worries. Now’s your chance to get the hell back on that damn path and press on with your mission. Everyday, week, month, year is a new opportunity for development and growth. Cease that sucker with both hands and you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAKE UP THE WARRIOR: 10 STEPS TO FORGING THE LIFE OF A LEGEND

Banda Singh. A true Warrior

Banda Singh Bahadur. A mighty Warrior.

This is a kick start to 2015. Happy New Year to all. Let’s make 2015 another great year.

Before we jump into this article, I want to clear the air. I’m not proclaiming I’m at the point where I am complete, nor have I experienced everything this vast world has to offer. I am not trying to impress anyone with feats of greatness. I only seek to forge a legendary existence for myself that in truth will probably never fully be realized. It’s a paradox. The closer you get, the further away you get.

In 5-10 years’ time you will look back at the individual you once were, and see how you’ve hopefully grown, achieved and become better than your previous self. In no way however, will you be fully complete.

That constant drive to outdo yourself and improve would otherwise not exist.

Strange as it sounds, therein lies the beauty.

Here’s 10 steps (in no particular order) that I deem of high importance and value, which drive me forward in my quest to mold myself into a true warrior. They comprise the foundation of my outlook and attitude in life. I make my best effort to incorporate these steps into my life wherever feasible and in doing so they’ve enabled me to become a tougher, resilient and more valuable human being.

Perhaps by implementing them in your life, you can experience the same.

Anyways, that’s enough introductory chatter. Lets get to the real substance.

1) Break the Mold

Don’t be afraid to live. Sometimes you have to do something extreme and throw yourself into the deep end if you really want to know what you’re made of, test your resolve and grow as a person.

I think back to a time a few years ago, two pals and I got on our bicycles for what was to be a short, leisurely ride in our locality. We ended up riding 8 miles out into uncharted territory. The journey itself was made more challenging by the fact that I was riding with a flat front tyre, which due to a slow puncture was gradually having the life sucked out of it, like the kiss of death. (The chains were also pretty badly rusted).

To the general public we probably looked like 3 morons, but I didn’t much care. The thrill of the ride and thirst for adventure was all that really mattered. Long story short, we got lost a few times, made a few pit stops and wound up being out for a few hours. In total we rode 16 miles that day.

The next day I couldn’t walk straight, but man, the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction was one of the best damn feelings I’d had. I’d broken out of the ordinary and done something new.

2) Face fears

You can’t live in fear. A warrior, despite his deepest, darkest fears never lets them get in the way of his mission. You and I will probably deal with fears till the very end. Acknowledge it and move on. The only real fear you should have is the fear of a life wasted. A life of stagnation is the main thing that frightens me. The thought of not living up to the potential and high standard I’ve set for myself.

Imagine lying on your deathbed, reminiscing over your life and realising just how little you actually did and achieved with your limited time here on earth. That to me is one hell of a scary scenario.

3) View hardship and struggles as tests

See your struggles and hardships as tests, tests of resilience and your ability to “stick it out.” Tests that prove you’re ready to move on with the next phase and evolution of your life, and bring you a step closer to that legendary self you envision. This is probably the hardest thing on this list to do, staying positive in times of turmoil and anguish. If ever there was a quality that separates the warriors from common folk, this is it.

We all go through hardships and times of suffering in life. However, those who complain about their circumstances and badger others with tales of their problems demonstrate their weakness. Be like a tree. Remain rooted firmly in the ground. Don’t let your problems get the better of you. There’s always something to be learned from a situation, provided you’re willing to learn.

4) Dissolve labels

Preoccupation with labelling, defining and otherwise chasing status is a form of disillusionment. It’s an impurity. Forget about judging others. Instead, focus on living your life and becoming the best version of yourself that you can. Labelling and comparing yourself with others only leads to negativity and bitterness towards them in the form of jealousy, envy and resentment. If others attempt to label and define you, let them. Just don’t get wrapped up in it and give more attention to it than it deserves.

5) Reflect and refine

Keep a diary or journal. Write down your goals, both current and future. Reflect on where you are in your own development. Are you progressing towards the life you want for yourself? Are you taking steps towards becoming that warrior? If you’re not happy with your current progress, start refining. Make the necessary changes to your life. Maybe you aren’t happy with your physique. Start going to the gym and change your eating habits. We all need to reflect and refine from time to time. I use my journal to evaluate my progress, to gauge whether I am meeting my targets or not. I do this on a daily basis. Doing so helps bring accountability into your life. It keeps you in the game, preventing you from screwing progress by doing something stupid, that’s not in line with your goals.

6) Embrace unease

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Do what others lack the conviction to. Where others flee and choose the path of least resistance thrust yourself into the fire and it’ll strengthen and harden you in ways unimaginable.

This is the reason I train hard, endure cold showers morning and night. Each morning I do a series of knuckle and fingertip pushups. (They’re a pain, literally).

Some people will never understand the real reasoning and true meaning behind it. I want to toughen and harden myself in every way I possibly can.

Training yourself to thrive in situations of discomfort is probably one of the greatest investments you can give yourself. It prepares you for situations, which maybe unlikely, yet potentially pose a threat. In this world you have to expect the unexpected.

When you find yourself getting too comfortable, that’s the time to be worried.

7) Govern yourself

Pledge allegiance to none other than yourself. Be self-reliant. You’ve only got yourself to count on and it’s all you’ll ever really have, during the good times or bad. Never blame others for your failures and don’t expect others to have your best interest at heart. Be your own man or woman and live independently.

8) Be in tune with yourself

In a world plagued with technology and modern invention, people have grown out of touch with themselves and their surroundings. I’m not bashing technology. It’s definitely had a positive impact on the world and has its time and place. However, most people have become far too dependent on technology and cling to it all the time. It’s a damn joke. Like they can’t live without it.

If you really want to maximise your skills and become the best version of yourself possible, you need to be connected with yourself on the deepest level. Be in tune with your body. Listen to it. It gives you signals all the time.

Spend sometime mediating daily, you’ll begin to understand the ways you can control your mood and emotions. It’s an incredible feeling and way to go through life. Knowing you’re in the drivers seat, cruising. This is something I really began honing in on over the past year.

9) Devote yourself to something larger than yourself

Ra’s Al Ghul’s line to Batman pretty much say’s it. “If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal and they can’t stop you. You become something else entirely. A legend, Mr Wayne.”

As a warrior you should be willing to help your fellow man. Consider it an obligation to offer your support to those in need and less fortunate than you.

In today’s cutthroat, selfish world that’s asking a lot, I know. There are few truly willing to go out of their way to do it.

Bear this in mind. If you can’t do good for someone, have some damn decency and don’t go out of your way to do bad for them. That’s a tendency of cowards, losers and the spineless.

10) Use force as a last resort when reason fails

Back when I was 6 years old I was waiting in line with other school kids to be let into class one day. On this particular day I had the pleasure of being inline next to this wise cracking kid, who kept whispering nonsense into my ear and irritating the hell out of me. I told him to get stuffed (real polite like) and he kept doing it. (Kids). Having had enough, in one fluid motion I clocked him in the nuts.

As you can imagine, his immediate reaction was to clasp them as he slumped to the floor in tears.

(To make the situation funnier my mum was there, as she happened to help out at the school and was fortunate enough, depending on how you look at it to witness the whole thing).

Obviously it was a very harsh thing to do, we did ultimately become good friends later.

The point is, sometimes resorting to violence is necessary. However, it should only be used as a last line of defence when all other means have failed.

Closing thoughts

These are not intended as lessons. I am not trying to lecture you and tell you how to live your life. That’s something you must decide and choose for yourself.

Follow your own path.

This post is a reflective point for me.

It’s a way for me to evaluate where I am at this stage in the journey to forge my own legendary life.

Keep striving and make 2015 a better year than the last. Going forward this year, live grander, set higher goals and work your ass off to achieve them.

That is the warrior’s way and the path to carving a legendary existence.

Got anything to share? If you’re on a similar path, what aids you in your quest? I’d love to hear from you. Leave your comments below.

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