Too often people don’t see things through until completion. They give up 5 hours or 10hours into what they are doing or in the case of many gym newbies; they go consistency for 2 weeks and then are never to be seen in their lyras ever again. I guess the intention was there.
So why do people give up so easily? This answer is simple, they haven’t got to the point where the activity becomes a habit and they actually start to enjoy it. PLUS they arent preapred to face their fears and don’t have the will power, determination and persistence to see something through.
To master something, its said you need to put in 10,000hours of work. I mean if you tried to squeeze that number of hours focusing on your area of interest in just a year, it would be near impossible, however spread over 10years, it wouldn’t be so bad. Anyway the point is that in order to succeed with any area of your life you need to make a commitment to yourself, that no matter what happens you WILL get there. You promise yourself that you will not give up when the going gets tough and instead learn to embrace each challenge.
If your aim or vision is to get to the point of mastery, you will acquire an incredible amount of skills along the way. Not just skills learnt from what you are wanting to master, but rather from the journey, life lessons that you can apply to lots of different areas.
I used to believe that some people were born incredibly talented (and lucky with that), and others were not. Now I realise no amount of talent will actually get you to where you want to be without putting in a great amount of work too. This work is required to cultivate the skills and talent.
I am no longer jealous of people that are doing well with life and succeeding in areas that I would like to succeed in. Instead I admire these people, I look to them as role models. They have clearly put in the time and effort and I’m sure they have had to make many sacrifices to get to where they are.
Jealously and envy really do get you nowhere; instead of comparing yourself against them, start putting in what’s necessary to get you to where they are.
Its unlikely that it will be an easy journey to get there, maybe it will take 10 or 20 years. But if you really want something, you will do everything that is needed to get it.
I feel so lucky to have done gymnastics when I was younger and so thankful that I was so persistent and determined with my training. Why? Because now I get to pursue my passion as my life and I will continue to do this for as long as it takes to get to where I want to get. I find the very prospect that I can do this with my life mind blowing. I guess for the last couple of years, I have dreamt of a life like this and now I am able to live it. Everyday is wonderful; I look forwards to all elements of it. Obviously there are some tasks that are not as interesting as others, however I know that they are necessary and moving me towards my vision, so I learn to enjoy them. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. I am still in the early stages of my journey, but already being able to help clients around the world with handstands and being able to perform and handstand around the world is my dream. I have a hell of a long way to go still, but I am on the right path.
If you told me 2.5 years ago, when I finished uni, that I would be living this life, I guess I wouldn’t really have known what to say. My life has been far from ordinary. I am creating my life exactly how I want it to be. Yes, things don’t always go to plan, and I am continuously failing as certain things, but with the failures, bring massive opportunities for growth and development. And when I look at the bigger picture, I can reassure myself I am heading in the right direction.
If really want to be something, you will do all that is required to get there. Pursue your dream, live your passion and achieve your vision. The only person holding you back is yourself.