Someone once told me – change is the only constant. So, here we are with an article and style, which is completely different than anything I have produced and posted previously. In the name of change and challenge – here we go!
The reason behind this post is to gather different perspectives and passions, in order to deliver a message of motivation and inspiration, and of course, express my vision of life as a ‘daily challenge’.
On the topic of passions gathered: firstly there is a sport, the one I practice and train when I have time after my long working days in Monaco, and after the production of all my content for the blog. This sport is Boxing, Thai Boxing to be more precise, and I really enjoy it. Not because I like to hit, but because I think this sport is as good for the body as it is for the mind. Well that is my personal perception, a way for me to stay fit, in good shape, training both muscle and cardio at the same time, a focus on concentration, and the expulsion of all the pressure inside, from the professional and ever busy lifestyle.
You can say it is somewhat an escape – where the brain does not stop, rather where the brain is in another dimension. The best ideas often come to me when I train with my coach – and I attribute this to the fact that my mind becomes lighter, free-ing up the space for creative distractions and passions. I will express myself in more detail on that point.
I have merged this sport passion into my passion for photography and cinema, with the very first production of a short movie. Exciting and a little anxious at the same time, but I like those sensations of taking risks to create something new, to put into reality the vision you have.
I truly hope you will enjoy the final result.
Now, let’s get back on track – talking about the real subject here. The challenge.
I believe that we are all facing our own challenges in life; some are rather difficult, as we do not live in the same conditions since the beginning. But for me the first challenge in life is about our inner selves. This is why you can see me on my own through this boxing metaphor, as we call it, shadow boxing.
Challenge yourself before you can challenge the world.
Simply take a look at where you are today, look at all that you have achieved and summon all your best efforts to become better tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. Everyday is a new opportunity to get closer to your goals and to reach the life you want.
And as with every challenge process, I see three parts that I will detail hereunder. The first phase is the VISUALIZATION that we can also call the preparation. The second phase is the ACTION and the last phase is the MINDSET, the consequence of everything – how you react.
Preparation – Visualization
All achievement in life, ALL ACHIEVEMENT needs preparation. There is no overnight success except in extreme luck games and those ones do not last. Achieving goals requires being prepared. As the old saying goes: if you are ready, you don’t have to get ready. Hence, if you studied the possible scenarios, you will avoid the surprise simply by anticipation.
Visualize your future actions; this is a work of the mind, a sort of meditation with yourself, a projection of yourself into what you wish to do. There is no special formula – these visualizations can happen when you do different things and even when you are not prepared for them. This is why you need to write them down. As your ideas can hit your mind at any given moment, it would be wise to write everything down – and let’s be honest; some of them will only make sense after some time and reflection.
Personally, my visualizations appear when my brain is often focused on something else, for instance when I box or when I drive. I have fallen into a good habit to note them on a piece of paper and gradually, all these gathered visualizations constitute a work of preparation necessary to plan the future real actions. With a plan, you can strategize your future, which is imperative for the long-term vision of the challenge you are set out to conquer.
You can have the best ideas in the world, the best project on paper and the best speech, but if you don’t ACT, nothing is going to happen. The action is no doubt a big step into achievement, somewhat a bomb that will propel you, either into success or failure.
But let’s not rush; I am not interested in the final result here. I study the simple fact of putting an idea into action, which by all means is not something easy, but something integral to all the rest.
Dare to make it happen? Make the big jump
This is my advice. If there is no move from your side, no initiative, nobody is going to make it for you, or worse yet, somebody is going to make it, INSTEAD of you! And missed opportunities are just as bad.
In the spirit of the boxing atmosphere I recall a quote from Muhammad Ali saying:
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Today, I am able to produce my own photography and videos, firstly because I have a great team of professionals around me, and because I had the idea of doing it there and then. After some reflection, preparation and visualization, I said: ”Let’s do this, let’s take the risk” and I’ve done it. Now, success or failure? That’s another story. Only the future will tell, but it has been a significant milestone in my life, creating my own thing, giving life to a project and a true passion of mine. You can do it as well.
Your mindset is the guarantor of your longevity, you durability, your reliability and trust in other people.
The best way to identify someone’s mindset it to observe him or her in a situation of big failure or success. For me the right mindset is to accept both failure and success, to embrace them and move forward. No regrets, simply lessons.
In failure you will have to stay fierce, to stay solid, to accept the fact that you have been beaten, by someone else better than you in that given moment, by the elements that surround you, or because you were not good enough. But listen carefully, beaten one time does not mean that you are Knocked Out. You have to pull yourself together after a failure, in order to understand it, to pick yourself up, to put in another action, a new action, a REACTION. From the lesson learned that is.
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
Some people will think that success is great and easy to handle when everything has been done. I don’t believe it at all. I think success is in a way to be received with a lot of attention. And the adequate mindset to observe a situation of success is humility. The humility necessary to stay true to yourself, to remember the difficulties you have been through to reach success, the effort and transpiration, the hard work, and the people that helped you along the way. Humility is the way to go to another great challenge, accept the success, and question yourself on a new vision, the new objectives with your feet firmly on the ground. Humility will help you to stay close to the people that matter and the things that you really cherish in life. Humility will help you question yourself again and again regarding your actions.
Always remember the golden rule of balance:
Stay fierce in defeat, humble in victory.
Executive Producer, Director, AuthorTom Claeren
Text editorAna Krndija