“Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision”

Muhammad Ali

 

I often hear “I don’t know how you do it!” “Where do you get the energy?” “Don’t you ever feel like taking a break?” The truth is anyone can do what I do and the answer to that last question is no, I never feel like taking a break. To me, what I do isn’t a chore or a job it’s the action of passion and motivation is the key driving force behind my desire to succeed.

 

It’s no secret that training is one of the biggest parts of my life. I go to the gym religiously and weights are like air to me, a fundamental element of my life that I simply couldn’t live without. What still amazes me to this very day about it all is the supremely positive effect it has on all other areas of my life. I’ve always felt good after a session but in the past year especially, I’ve started to feel invincible as a result of my constant battle against my only competition, myself. The reason being that in the past year I began setting myself targets based on my vision. These goals became benchmarks which have enabled me to move forward, upwards and in turn opened the doors to a new world of enlightenment that only those who have truly achieved something worth achieving in life will ever understand. In the beginning there were many naysayers and skeptics who almost laughed in my face at my initial intent. These very same people are now asking “How did you do it?”

 

“For me, life is about being constantly hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Do you remember that guy who gave up… neither does anyone else! The bottom line is this; all I really care about is giving everything my best shot. By doing this, even if I fail I can hold my head up high and say I did absolutely everything I could to achieve my goal. Life experience has shown me a clear difference in types of people. In life I’ve encountered losers, those who quit when they fail. And then there are winners - those with hunger, a dream, desire and a crystal clear vision. All success is the by-product of failure and these winners will continue to fail until they succeed. I know which of the two I am; the question people should ask themselves is which one are they instead of asking me “How do you do it?”

 

Motivation is key to achieving a goal but keeping motivation alive throughout a journey is tiresome. It’s a classic case of ‘if it were easy everyone would do it’. Success takes time; it takes continuous effort and a level of dedication that isn’t for the faint hearted but with success comes happiness and even in our failures we’ll find happiness as long as we never loose sight of our goal.

 

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not people or objects.”

Albert Einstein

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