For those of you who have been fortunate enough to travel, you will already know that intense, heady joy that comes from spending time immersed in a foreign country. For those of you who train, you will know that same feeling when you step onto the mats. Travelling and Training, when combined, can create the memories of a lifetime and carve a profound impression on your life/training journey. Continue reading “Travelling and Training: Four reasons why it’s a match made in heaven.”
Our words are powerful. They affect our thoughts, as well as those of the people around us. By giving words to the problems we have in our lives, we give them power. That power can change the way we look at a challenge, that power can drain your optimism and replace it with that soul crushing pessimism. Giving power to you complaints is essentially self sabotage, but it can be avoided. Continue reading “The Power of Complaining: A discussion on perspective and how complaining can cloud your outlook.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” – Mark Twain
Since we, as human beings, have been capable of abstract thought we have wondered about our purpose in life. Why are we here? What is our purpose? Most importantly, what is the meaning of life? We look for answers to this question in religion, in literature, in people and philosophy. Often we are thrown into despair when we project these questions outwards into the void of the universe and hear nothing, not even an echo, in reply. But are we looking in the wrong place? Instead of looking outwards, why not look inwards?
If Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (and indeed martial arts in general) has taught me anything, it’s patience. The more you try to rush to the finish, the more you try to force it, the worse the situation you end up finding yourself in. This can be said for so much more than martial arts, the same applies in work & relationships too. Continue reading “Practicing Patience: The importance of not rushing towards your goals.”
I sit with a student in the careers office, I ask them “What do you want to do with your life?” in response I receive the non-committal slur; “I don’t really know, I just want to be happy.”
I’ve really grown to detest this sentiment. Granted, an adolescent kid will be unlikely to have a good grasp of what they want to do, and that’s okay, that’s not where I see the problem. The problem I have is that happiness (and it’s pursuit) often stops us from reaching our full potential.
This is a discussion about growth. Growth means change. We have to change things to reach our goals. Is it always going to be happiness, sunshine & rainbows on the road to your goals? Probably not. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Definitely not. Continue reading “Why the Pursuit of Happiness is stopping you from achieving success.”
I’ve always been told that there are two kinds of people: Those who eat to live, and those who live to eat. As someone who falls into the latter, many of my travels have had a semi food-centric nature. I’ve had the great pleasure of eating authentic cuisine in places like Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand. You may have noticed that I’ve only referenced Asian Cuisine… There’s a reason for that, and I think the people of these countries have stumbled upon a secret to eating.