Many of us cast doubt into ourselves on whether we can do something, or not. Whether this is something that stems from our past or childhood is not what matters. What matters is that we become mindful and aware that we can do anything we put our minds and our hearts to. For we are all limitless, we are a product of something infinite and so the only boundaries that are in place are the boundaries that were set before us at some stage. Break through those boundaries, fear not the unknown for it may very well be the unknown that carries you to untold successes.
This evening on walking to where I am currently staying my mind was seriously active and was thinking about everything, literally everything was flashing through my mind – past, present and future. One of the problems I have always had, and I believe it must be a problem we all have is I have a proclivity of focusing too much on the past and the future…but seldom the present, the present I do think of is thinking how miserable I am feeling, a negative feeling bound to breed negativity as I went from being a bit more jovial than I have recently to thinking of happier times and wanting them back which made me miserable rather than happy, I mean…seriously. Aren’t happy memories supposed to be there to make us happy when we think of them?
I was thinking on what is going on within myself now and my physical fitness from the past. The fittest I have ever been, for purpose has been in my adult life in my twenties (the fittest I was as a kid was on the farm in Zimbabwe, but then I had no goals or purpose, I was a kid). If you have been following my blog for a while you will have seen in this post that I had been in the process of joining the British Army as a commonwealth applicant. This was in 2006, a year after I had come to the UK and after I attended my army presentation at ACIO (Army Careers Information Office) in Aldershot I put myself through an intensive PT programme – using training techniques I learnt from my father in my youth who had been a member of the elite Fire Force of One Commando, the Rhodesian Light Infantry. I conditioned myself and focused. It was the fittest I have ever been in my adult life as I had a goal and that was to join the most senior English line regiment, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, 2nd Battalion (2PWRR) I reached my peak fitness of being able to run 1.5 miles in seven minutes without breaking a sweat and the time limit being way below the allowed maximum for infantry selection. I disciplined and conditioned myself. I worked on my martial arts (taekwondo & judo), and worked on my upper and lower body – not only did I focus on my physical attributes but also educational and studied religiously for my BARB test (British Army Recruitment Battery) which is what shows you where you are best suited. I did the practice test so many times and studied so much that I opened everything up (in theory) from infantry to trade regiments and corps to Intelligence Corps, to Royal Military Police, although I was focused on the infantry. I was focused and while I was so focused and conditioned, as well as determined to reach my goal my emotional status was also at its peak, I was never stunted and always had something to work towards. Anyone who has spent any time with me continuously since 2006 will tell you I was focused, self-disciplined and motivated. To cut a long story short the Army ended up not happening for me due to circumstances beyond my control, I however didn’t stop trying for years. There have even been times where I have decided to try elsewhere and as I speak a little French maybe try the Légion Étrangère (French Foreign Legion), but sadly again bureaucracy getting in my way as the requirements have changed somewhat and they are now a professional army, unlike in decades gone by. But my years of being a soldier have passed me by, now.
In 2014 however I found a better me and that version of myself that I discovered grew and grew, helped along by an awesome part of my life who saw the best in me, it was a version that has obviously always existed as I had discovered how to get out of my own way. Somehow. I then returned to my fitness and became the most toned I have ever been in my adult life. Whilst I was training for the Army in 2006 I do not recall having become as toned as I did. But anyway, that all does sound vain, I must admit but what I am meaning was its fitness that helped unlock all that, both times. Actually, what helped 2014 and make me reevaluate life was a breakdown Christmas time 2013. But then I worked towards a better me and was helped along. Now I kind of feel I am slipping backwards, in a bad way, though some of it is self-imposed for what I feel is self preservation, but in an unhealthy way. Maybe time to apply some breaks and find that other version of myself but make it a better version.
And so earlier this evening I am walking along thinking about EVERYTHING, almost like…you know how you hear of people who have had near death experiences and their whole life has flashed before them? Almost like that but things from over the last few years, including me training to join the Army. And I realised something about all of us, myself included. I have been getting in my own way. A while ago I purchased a book by American singer, song writer, author, actor and motivational speaker, Tyrese Gibson entitled How to Get Out Of Your Own Way. And though I haven’t read the book yet, asides from reading the incredible introduction have realised something – that is the problem, I have been getting in my own way and whilst it is easy to let life do this to us maybe that is the key, we all, at some point or another get in the way of our own progress.
But, physical conditioning being a key to motivation due to the endorphins that are released into the brain at any given time we are doing any personal training and endorphins not only reducing our perception of pain but also trigger positive feelings in the body – I have never taken drugs but I imagine it is the same thing, once you exercise more the better the feeling and the more endorphins are released the more PT you crave making it a habit. To me that is the healthiest drug out there.
Are you struggling at the moment too? Do you feel that certain things are setting you back? Is there a version of yourself that you liked and would like back but an even better version? A better version for ourselves, our friends, our family, our loved ones. A better version for the future.
I will leave this in your hands to find what will work for you. If you know of someone who is struggling, or if you are and have found this post to help you and feel that it might somehow help someone else. Please send it on.
How many of you have seen the movie Limitless starring Bradley Cooper? I love that film.
If any of you have you will know its about a guy who discovers a top secret drug, a mental stimulant in short. I’ve researched it and there is actually a mental stimulant on the market called Optineuro which helps in increased focus & concentration and judging from the reviews the stuff actually works.
But, going back to the film and its title – the lesson to learn about life is just that, limitless – no medication, just good old fashioned healthy living and a good diet and fitness. If we choose to live our lives to the full and focus on our goals, focus on the future; life is truly limitless – no stimulants just focus, just pure “I’m gona go for it and I’m gona make it mine and I will not lose”.
And truly, who needs a drug when you have yourself, when you have your mind and your dreams? Who needs a drug when you have your abilities and that YOU have the ability to do what YOU want…when you have the POWER to make everything you dream of and want?
To me the moral of the story at the end of Limitless is that you do not need an easy pill to make everything you are to be actioned – all you need is…YOU, no secret or magic formula, just a dream…
Motivate yourself, be a go-getter and make it yours. You are limitless.
So I think we go through phases in life where we all dare to dream, we get visions of where we want to be and who want to be – the only problem with this is there are always dream killers, usually friends and family that will say anything and do anything to destroy our dreams.
But remember, this is your life, it is your dream – do not listen to those who put you down, do not listen to those who will not encourage you, do not listen to those that dissuade you. It is YOUR dream. The ones that you should encircle your life with are the ones that help you, people that build you, those that will help you push you to the top.
“Support and lack of support, encouragement and discouragement will always weed out the genuine from the not so genuine and visa-versa, from those who have moved on and those who choose to remain, those who believe in you and those who do not – harsh realities but true. Not everyone who befriends you believes in you, not everyone who smiles at you is a friend. Choose carefully, if not, time and life will choose for you”.
It is your life and remember, its your vision. Use the fact that someone tells you that you can’t do something to prove to them that you can.
To those that are dream killers; it is not your dream, it is not your vision, if you cannot help a friend or family member to get to where they want to get to, say nothing. Success is not competition, it is self-validation. Walk away if you have nothing nice to say or do to help.
“Always seek to encourage – not discourage, to build – not destroy, aspire – not scorn”
In this piece I’m not referring to my blog but what I’m talking about is what we choose to do, what I’m talking about is in the lines, and the words ahead.
You know how they say “everything happens for a reason”? Well, last night I was combing through YouTube while sat on a bench not long before midnight in a park not far from where I live, not looking for anything in particular; but there was a certain video that flashed before me. Now, as a person one of my interests is Special Operations Forces (SOF), and the biggest forces that interest me in this unique group are the United States Navy SEALS. Since having started studying them in depth in 2014 my interest in them has grown, the biggest thing that has got me most is not the operations they have been involved in, nor the missions, or the battles, though of course what I am about to go into is linked, it is their mindset that has got me the most; they have the strongest and most important mindsets that I have ever read about and followed and to accomplish what they do, throughout their training at BUD/S to their graduation in their careers as Navy SEALS (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (Sea Air and Land)) – they are simply the best of the best.