WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT YOU DO, THAT HELPS YOU BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE?
As a Martial Artist and a Health Practitioner, the one thing I do that helps me to be the best I can be, is to raise the bar a little each day. For a long time I was always in the comfort zone and didn’t want to get out of it. After doing karate for a very long time and training at the gym, I’ve learned that nothing grows in the comfort zone. But that’s not all that pushes me to be better each day, so I’m going to share a bit of my story and mention why I do what I do. This is something that has shaped my life and has helped become who I have become. And often enough through our lives we get told what we can and can’t do, creating so many physical and mental limitations.
As a young boy at age 14 I went through 2 major back surgeries and was told I’d never be able to lift heavy again and some physical activity. One of the surgeries was on my head and one on my back. My head surgery for Chiari Malformation which is a build of fluid in the back of the brain and also pressing on the spine. My second surgery was for Scoliosis which had a 55 degree curve. Currently have titanium rods from T6-L2 plus a spinal fusion. Both surgeries went well but the recovery was tough. Now you can imagine when I was told this, it shattered my dreams of doing something in the building industry and I had people making excuses for me telling “you can’t do this” or “you can’t do that” and even “can you do that with your back”?
This was tough to deal with and would always struggle to get past that mindset and even became a victim of bullying. This is where I had to learn to stand my ground which worked. Even though this didn’t happen often but at times, I did whatever I could to stay strong and as a young teen but you can only be strong for so long right?
Not only as a teen but it continued as I got older as well.
It took me a while to work out what I really wanted to do and then I found my passion in the health industry studying remedial massage and personal training. Even after becoming qualified in the industry I still had many people making excuses for me about what I can and can’t do.
What finally helped me break the mindset was that I had a few awesome people at karate inspire me to always be better and would always help me break my limits and go further. My old mentor at the gym where I used to work at even inspired and helped me understanding the correct techniques when it came to training methods. In fact I used to be scared of doing the dead lift exercise because of all the excuses that were feed to me about my back. I went from never dead lifting to then dead lifting 130kg and now it’s one of my favourite exercises.
This taught me the power of the mind and that anything is achievable if we set our minds to it. For years at karate my right hip used to always play up. It took me a long time to get it moving and I eventually got there. I went from not being able to move around very fast to suddenly moving fast. I never gave up in my karate journey. Because of this I’ve gone from achieving my black belt (3rd Dan) and placing big scores in kata at tournaments. After learning all that I can and really seeing what the body and mind a really capable of, there was no stopping me moving forward in doing more. And because of this I’ve developed many interests In my industry and more.
Even to this day sometimes I still hear it the excuses until they freak and see what I’ve achieved. Over times I learned to never listen to the nay sayers. They have a problem for every solution. Only YOU and YOU alone can make the choice whether to listen to it or not.
With this all this, I believe this has shaped me to who I am today and helped me discover what my true purpose is in life. And that is helping people and seeing them become better versions of them. If someone is going through something similar, I say don’t be afraid to reach out.
This is why I do what I do and to always be the best I can be each day and with these lessons. Now I’m not afraid to get out of the comfort zone and to try something new. The best things in life happen when you break the comfort zone. In life we get choices, we can either be a part of the heard of 500 sheep or we can be a part of the 5 Lions. The only limits we have are whats in our minds. If we keep telling ourselves we can’t do something then we are limiting ourselves from all the potential what we can achieve. The second be break the excuses and break those limitations we then understand how truly powerful we really our and will not let anything hold us back from bettering ourselves and standing out to the so called ‘normal’. Be strong, be bold and don’t be afraid to build your dreams, no matter how big. Be above average!