The Silent Warrior – Fairy Tales Are True!

This is my personal truth.

Do you ever wonder where fairy tales come from?  I believe they come from wisdom.  From ancient truths which find their way into our hearts without us knowing.

I love fairy tales.  Always have.  In fact, I still have some of my favorite fairy tale books which my mom bought me when I was a little girl.  Of course my collection has grown considerably to include themes like The Hobbit. Shannarah and Belgarath the Sorcerer among others.  But they all include magic, wizards, witches, trolls and dragons.

Yes, I do believe in magic.  It might not come to us from a wand or a spell book, but in the never ending energies flowing through creation bringing about change or making our dreams come true in the most amazing ways.

RosesTake these roses for instance.  I woke up Saturday morning with a deep craving in my heart for something beautiful.  I wanted something unique that would touch all my senses and make me feel alive (the dream). I decided that before the end of the day something beautiful would come into my life (casting the spell).  Adriaan and I went out on a tedious errand to apply for an unabridged birth certificate at the Department of Home Affairs, but after driving to 3 locations, we decided to rather stop to buy croissants for breakfast.  The moment I walked into the store and saw this bunch of roses, I knew that they were what I wanted!  Now, if you look really closely at the perfection of each of these flowers, you will understand the level of magic that went into creating them!  Absolutely MAGNIFICENT!!

 

Let’s take it further!  Do you remember the story of the Frog Prince?  What this story is really about is the power of our perceptions and transformation that occurs through the act of love.  The sad truth is, I’m finding more andFrog princess more people are expecting the worst of others.  And what we believe, we perceive.  I had this conversation with my son whilst we were out walking the dogs.  He told me how rude people are in general and that only one out of ten people ever greet him back when he walks to school in the morning.  I said to him: ‘I’m sorry that is your belief about people.  I believe that people are really friendly and always waiting for an opportunity to connect with me.  That is why I find every person I greet on my runs in the morning not only greets me back with a smile, but they take it a step further to ask me how I’m doing’.  Your beliefs create your thoughts create your perceptions create your reality.  I bet you will find that when you change your negative beliefs about certain people, you will find some love in your heart for them and that will change the way you see them.  The frog truly does turn into the prince.

hyenaNOOOOOOO I don’t live with my head in the sand! I know that no matter how positive our belief systems, there will always be those who choose the dark side.  Just yesterday I decided to try my hand at Periscope.  It took all of 30 seconds for the first pervert to find my broadcast and start making really inappropriate remarks.  Hiding behind their faceless internet identities of @20brightspark (oh wait, that would be too long a word for them to spell!), they go around circling the internet like a pack of hyenas so they can disrupt learning for others.  I was quickly reminded why we live in a society filled with mediocrity!  Because instead of making the most of the opportunities that the Universe is providing them to learn and better their lives, they turn it into a game on insults, edging each other on.  Yip – I now know you can block them.  But how sad that the developers even had to create such a function.

Just remember that they exist, be valiant and don’t back down.  They have chosen to disrupt and hang onto their identities of victims with all their might.  It doesn’t mean you have to live your life according to their rules.  We all know the story ends where the lions kicked their asses!

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From the Wicked Queen (mother-in-law:  I’m just kidding!!), to the troll under the bridge (the fear that keeps us from achieving our biggest dreams), to dragons (the average masses that swoop down on you the moment you stand out in a crowd), fairy tales probably have more wisdom hidden in them than all the psychology books in the world.

 

 

It is about really seeing the princess within you that deserves living in a beautiful castle with the prince of your dreams.  It is about having the knight in shining armor fighting next to you for your cause because your purpose is brilliant.  It is about following your dreams and knowing that magic exists to make them come true.  It is about realizing that you don’t have to be the biggest or the smartest or the scariest to come out tops – hey, look at what those dwarfs did!!!

I invite you to go read some of your favorite fairy tales again and to find the wisdom hidden deep within them.  And start sharing them with your kids!  Not to teach them that magic only happens in fairy tales, but to show them that magic truly does exist in their lives and the power that they have in co-creating their reality.

Walk with honor.

The Silent Warrior – Moving Into The Pain

This is my personal truth.

I hold her soft warm body gently in my arms.  Cleo looks up at me with her piercing emerald green eyes, filled with love, filled with trust.  Not understanding why the tears are silently running down my cheeks.  Not understanding why we are in this strange place and why they had put this piece of plastic into her leg.  Not understanding why I keep whispering “I’m so sorry” over and over again.

But I know.  I know and my heart is shattering into a million pieces.

I was expecting her to fight.  She was always fighting.  There were always claws and hissing and loud war cries involved.  But not in this moment.  She is so still.  She doesn’t move.  Just keeps looking into my eyes.

“Are you ready?” the vet asks in a quiet voice.  I nod and watch as he inserts the needle into the drip and slowly pushes the liquid into her body.  Instantly her body goes limp in my arms.  Not the type of limp that we are familiar with.  It is as if her insides have turned into pure liquid and only her skin is holding her together.

Never before have I understood at this level that it is not our bones or muscles that give us solidity.  It is only our souls.  The moment the soul leaves the body, nothing solid stays behind.  I have never understood at this level.  And I don’t understand in this moment because my mind is going numb with pain.  I will only understand in a few days from now when I ask a different question on my run.

The vet leaves the room.  I look at her little body in my arms.

I don’t know what to do.  I don’t want to put her on the cold metal table so instead I take her blanket out of the carrier and gently wrap her in it.

I don’t know what to do.  So I move into the pain.

My knees give and as I sink to the floor I hear all the heartbreak being torn from my body. And I cry.

I cry because for the past 11 years this furry little cat has been my ‘beautiful monster in the cupboard’.  She has been my husband’s little princes.

I cry because Cleopatra was probably one of the most beautiful cats who have ever lived, but the world never got to see her beauty because she was terrified of life and so she lived in my bathroom cupboard.  The only people who were ever allowed to touch her were myself and my husband.

I cry because she was my daughter.  I have seen her grow from a tiny little bundle of fur into a beautiful young woman.  I held her when she was pregnant and stayed by her side when she gave birth.  I saw her sadness when her kittens found new homes.  I saw her fear growing as she got older and her world became smaller and smaller until all that was left was the bathroom cupboard.

I cry because I love her.

Eventually the vet comes back.  I don’t know what to do so I say “Can we leave her in the blanket?  I don’t want her to get cold.”  He nods his head and says “Few have the courage to do the right thing.”

Few have the courage to do the right thing.  But I have to be courageous.  Because I am a warrior.

The path of the warrior is not an easy one.  And sometimes it means following the pain so that we can understand the lessons that lies hidden underneath.

As I look around the world I see so many people hurting.  But they don’t have the courage to go into the pain and so instead they try to numb it with alcohol or drugs or food or sex or over work.  Society is teaching us that pain is a bad thing to be avoided at all cost!  Yet I have learned in my life that pain, both physical and emotional, is a master teacher who provides me the opportunity to become stronger.  And that strength is needed to have the courage to stand up in this world and speak our truth with honor.

One of the most profound lessons I’ve ever learned is that our outer world is a reflection of our thoughts, both conscious and unconscious.  The reason why most people refuse to embrace this truth is because of the power that it places in our hands!  Indeed, we are the co-creators of our lives.

While life is wonderful and things go our way this power is easy to embrace.  Yet when times get tough we stubbornly refuse to find the truth in this because it hurts like hell!  Instead we blame the world at large, the government, the economy, our family, the availability of drugs, war, poverty, the list is endless.

As entrepreneurs we experience pain on a  regular basis.  After all, when starting a company, we are birthing a dream, and we raise that dream as if it is a child.  And that child needs to learn how to walk, and fall, and get scraped knees, and get criticized by others – and that hurts.  Sometimes we close that big deal and we are euphoric in our power.  Other times the deals go sour, the bank accounts run on empty and the pain is immense.  We lie awake at night wondering how we are going to turn this around.  Sometimes we have to let our employees go – and that hurts!!  As entrepreneurs we have got to learn to move into the pain, to learn the lessons hidden underneath so that we can heal the negative beliefs and move forward to prosper!

I don’t mean to make this sound like an easy process.  It’s not.  For one thing I know I first have to experience the pain.  I have to allow my body to feel it.  I have to allow my body and my mind to go down into the dark and to be immersed in this.  There always comes a time when I simply can’t bare the pain anymore and that is when I reach out to the Universe for strength.  This is when I hand over to God and ask for the lessons that I need to learn in order for me to move back into the light.  I ask, I trust, I let go.

And the answers always find me.  Not immediately, but when I’m ready.  Sometimes it takes days.  Sometimes it takes months.  Some of my greatest answers have taken years to find me.  But they always do.  In all honesty, most of my insights have always happened whilst I was training.  It still does.  Ask, trust, let go.

I believe that as entrepreneurs we have chosen to be warriors!  We have chosen to walk a path filled with challenges that can make us stronger, so that we can lead the way for others.

I’m sharing this experience of my personal loss with you today to encourage you to move into the pain and uncover the learning so that you can become stronger and walk in this world the proud warrior that you were born to be.  Warriors cry because they are brave enough to feel pain.  Warriors don’t try to numb the pain with external drugs which will eventually lead to nothing but death.

warrior_cat-HDThe loss of Cleo still sits heavy in my heart.  But she has reminded me to follow the pain.  She has reminded me to never waste my life and my message by hiding in the cupboard.  To rather take the punches along with the hugs because that is how I know I am alive!  She has given me the beautiful insight that it is my soul that holds my body upright, and that my soul is more powerful than any bone or muscle.  My soul burns with passion and that passion is what drives me forward every single day.  My body is simply the vehicle that takes me around.  She has reminded me that at the end of the day, my soul is energy and energy is eternal.  Therefor Cleo is eternal.

Walk proud in the halls of Valhalla my brave cat warrior.  For you have brought so much goodness to my life and I am eternally grateful to you.  And in celebration of your spirit, today I will walk with honor.

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The Silent Warrior – Out of the mouths of babes

This is my personal truth.

When we learn to stay open to the input of the Universe, whilst staying focused on our goals, some pretty amazing things come our way.  This is how I found myself at the Suits and Sneakers event last Thursday night to be inspired to a new level of learning.

As most people were sitting in the audience intently listening to the words, I was listening to what was not being said.  In fact, I was observing mastery in action from some pretty young people who challenged me to raise my game!  I must be honest, before this event I had never heard of Mark Sham or Brent Lindeque and as I sat studying them I was truly touched by Mark’s passion and Brent’s compassion (he is like the male alter-ego of Mother Theresa), which combined was moving in excess of a thousand people within 40 minutes.  Brilliant!!

Brent Lindeque

As a large portion of my client base consists of entrepreneurs who focus on wealth creation, some of my favorite books are Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, as well as Leveraging the Universe by Mike Dooley (I highly recommend you read them).  And here on stage, was the theory in action!

Both these guys have a very clear purpose and a burning desire for a specific outcome.  Both of them know the impact they wish to create, they take massive amounts of action, and then they trust the Universe to come to the party and create some magic!  And believe me, it is some pretty impressive magic.

But it goes further than this!

As I was leaving I had the opportunity to shake Brent’s hand and I thought to myself, how can such a young person be so brave and be so visible in the world to make a change, when most of my generation seems to be hiding?  And by default, why am I not making the impact he is?  This stayed with me all night.  Truth be told I didn’t sleep much after the event and when I heard an owl at 2 am, I knew that something had shifted for me.  I understood that wisdom is knowledge in action, and that our youth was teaching us this valuable lesson.  I need to use my knowledge and take more action to add more value to your life!!

As I went out for my run Saturday morning, I noticed how clean the gutters were from all the rain the night before.  It felt amazing to see the beauty in my neighborhood again.  As I carried on though, I could see the individual bottles and pieces of paper lying next to the walls and on the pavements.  I think what really hit me was the fact that I know our outer world is a reflection of our inner world.  And for the first time I understood that a lot of my stress, and the tension, disease, irritation and general feeling of discontent which I am experiencing from people in general, stems from our dirty suburbs.   The question popped into my head – what would Brent do?  And so the One Bag Nominations were born!

 

Let’s be honest, picking up rubbish is NOT the most glamorous way to spend the cool-down session of my run.  And I won’t gross you out with the details of what I picked up.  But every item which I picked up and threw into a bin, left me with a tremendous sense of achievement and contribution.  Because I know countless people will be driving to work feeling a little lighter, even if they don’t know why.  I will never again go on a run without picking up some of the litter and cleaning up my world!

Once again I was able to align my life purpose with my goal of completing the Sky Run which in turn increases my dedication.  I hope you are starting to see the bigger picture…

spider webLife is like a huge spider web.  When we are busy weaving it we tend to only see what is right in front of us.  But God, the Universe, your Higher Power, whatever you believe in, sees the bigger picture and how it is all interconnected.  My purpose, my goal, my learning, the people I get to meet on my journey, the people I get to inspire along the way, and in my own little way, I am leaving the world a better place.

 

You were born to be a warrior.  To live in purpose and honor.  To contribute to the world in your unique way.

Join me in making our world a cleaner place, because God has made it breath-takingly beautiful!

Walk with honor.

 

The Silent Warrior – A letter of gratitude to you

This is my personal truth

Dear Fellow Traveler

I see you and I am in awe of you.

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I see you wake up some mornings, still exhausted.  Finding it so hard to remember your purpose, your drive.  Yet you keep going.  Your feet hit the floor, your legs carry you to the kitchen, you make a cup of coffee.  Your will-power to keep going is astounding.  Thank you for showing me perseverance.

 

 

 

Isn’t it crazy how we have created a society where happiness seems almost elusive for most people?  And yet, you find moments of laughter and pure joy no matter where you are.  You still remember how to smile, and when you do so, you brighten up the day for everyone around you.  You make me smile.  You show me how to sing and dance with abandon!  The twinkle in your eyes light up my existence.  Thank you for showing me joy.most7

 

Some days you look in the mirror and you cringe.  You judge the extra weight that you carry around your belly or the over-sized clothes that you use to hide your beautiful curves.  Be gentle with yourself today.  Instead of judging the weight, try to understand the purpose of it.  What is the story it is telling you?  About the pain that it is trying to protect you from.  About the danger that it tries to hide you from.   Be gentle.  Understand.  Forgive.  I do.  Thank you for showing me vulnerability.

You deal with so much stress on a continuous basis.  You carry so much responsibility, not just for yourself, but for those who choose to be in your life in whatever role or duration of time.  You carry this in silence.  Not wanting to share your burden.  Not wanting to make it harder for those around you.  You are strong beyond even your own imagination.  You just don’t see it the way I do.  Thank you for showing me courage.

 

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There are times when I know you have come to the end of the line and you are completely at a loss of where to from here.  In a world that demands perfection you reach a point whereby you acknowledge to yourself that you are not the Superman of your childhood and that sometimes so much shit hits the fan that all you can do is crouch down and cover your head.  Thank you for showing me humbleness.

 

 

At times the pain becomes almost unbearable and your body seeks release through the out-pour of tears and you scream your torment to the Universe!  Yet you never throw that excruciating pain my way.  Instead you wait for the storm to pass, you find strength through a higher power and you show me the stars shine even in the darkest night.  Even in your time of hurt, you find ways to support others.  Thank you for showing me compassion.

 

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My Dear Fellow Traveler, I see you and I am in awe of you.  You are the reason I get up every day.  You are the reason I continue to grow as a person, as a coach, as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, as a human.  You are the inspiration in my darkest hours.  You are the reason I continue to seek out my fears.  You are the reason I keep believing in the good of humanity.  Because no matter how bad things look, there is always a magnificent light within you which I see.  And I am in awe of that light.

My Dear Fellow Traveler – Thank you.most1

 

 

Why on earth are you setting goals?

This is my personal truth.

I find it fascinating how society keeps taking powerful tools and turning them into ways to keep the masses average.   One of the ways in which this is done is through information overload partnered by a lack of wisdom.

Confused? Let me explain through example.

Goals – we’ve all heard how important they are to set and that this is what sets the elite performers apart from everyone else.  So everyone got onto the band wagon and started setting goals.  They started off with really big goals, but few managed to achieve them.  So the goals got smaller, and still people are not achieving them.  Why?  Because mostly people are setting the wrong goals for the wrong reasons and therefore lack the motivation to push through the hard times.

In my opinion the purpose of setting a goal is to change an aspect of my life and the person who I am today compared to the person I will become when I achieve my desired outcome.

So first of all, it is personal!  It is never about pleasing other people.  It is never about living some else’s life for them.  It is about me, my life, and my personal growth.

Second, you can’t possibly set 5 to 10 life-changing goals and expect to put in the work that it will take to achieve them all at the same time!  My magic number is 3.  One is always physical (my body is my play-ground for mental toughness), one is always around my profession (turning my craft into mastery), and one is always around love (with all the magnificent people in my life, as well as my relationship with myself and the Universe).

Third, a goal is non-negotiable.  The pain of not achieving it should outweigh any pain that you will go through on your journey to achieve it.  And make no mistake:  magnificent goals means challenge and growth which always entails some measure of pain and discomfort.  If you are willing to walk away from a goal, then rather don’t set it!

Fourth, a goal is specific down to a T!  Please stop with the fluffy goals that mean Jack sh*t!  “I want to be in better shape” is not a goal!  That is you wanting to beat yourself over the head every time you get onto a scale or look in a mirror.  What does that even look like?  Or feel like?  And if it is going to be life-changing, why are you not in better shape already?  What do you value more than being in better shape that you got out of shape in the first place?  What is the real goal?

I don’t mean to sound cruel, but cruel is setting goals that you think will make you a better person but that has nothing to do with your purpose or true values. So you end up setting these goals that you have no true desire in achieving only to tell your subconscious mind “see, I told you you’e a failure!”  Stop being cruel to yourself.  Set specific goals that you WILL achieve no matter what and change the voice in your head.

We are officially half-way through the year.  There is no better time than today to review your goals and see if they really matter.  If you are stretching, aching and growing in your journey to achieve them.  Review your goals today, and if you are not working on them every single day, if they are not important enough to sacrifice for, change them!

If you are feeling stuck and would like to discover if elite performance coaching can take you to the next level in your life, I invite you to book a free discovery session here.  I stand for the goals that will change your mind, your body, your business, your relationships, your life.

Walk with honor!

The Silent Warrior – Finding your Big Why

This is my personal truth.

Can you imagine going to war, preparing yourself to die, without understanding your purpose?

Why would you keep fighting, even when you bleed, when the pain is ripping through your brain, when all seems lost and it would be so easy to just lie down and wait for it to be over?  Why would you keep fighting to your last breath without a big why?

The life of an entrepreneur is very similar to that of an ancient warrior.  If you don’t know why you are doing this in the first place, chances of failure is good.  That is because the life of an entrepreneur consists of many battles.  Of facing the possibility of failure, the death of your company, the pain of unpaid bills, the continuous fight when all around you business are closing down.  Only the entrepreneurs with purpose will survive.

My mentor once said that ‘your business is in service to your mission (not the other way around)’…  Those who start with ‘the why’ live an inspired life and have the ability to inspire those around them.’

That is because your why becomes this burning desire inside of you that drives everything that you do relentlessly.  A desire that refuses to give up no matter how hard circumstances may appear.  A desire that makes sense of chaos and when people question your truth.

To find your big why, take some time out to answer the following questions:

1. When you think about being in service to others through your work, what really lights you up?

2.  What comes most naturally to you that you absolutely love doing?

3.  What could you do for free all day long and never notice the time?

Be honest with yourself.  So often we are conditioned to give the ‘right’ answers to please others thereby missing the opportunity to discover our authentic self and the gifts we were born to share with the world.

Pleasing others = mediocrity.  Sharing our true gifts with others = empowerment and elite performance.

Once you have identified your three passions, see where they overlap.  What is the theme that comes to light – that is your big why.  Once you are able to articulate your purpose, it will drive you relentlessly, it will form the anchor for your business, and always keep you centred.

Today is your chance to listen to your inner warrior.

Find your big why.

Walk with honor.

 

 

It’s time for the Warriors to Rise!

This is my personal truth.

Weakness. Weakness of body and weakness of mind. Lack of purpose. Lack of pride. Lack of ambition. Rubbish food. Rubbish habits. A sense of despair. A sense of helplessness.

Where have the warriors gone?

For me, 2015 thus far been one of the most interesting years of awakening and new awareness. It has been a year of questioning and questioning even more. Of asking for guidance and finding my true life purpose. And I have to be honest, in the beginning I thought that life purpose was to assist women to step into their authentic feminine power. After all, it was once I stopped ‘competing’ in the professional arena and instead embraced my true feminine identity which is empowering, that things really started happening for me. And I wanted to share that knowledge and experience with other women.

Yet my coaching practice kept filling up with men. As I watched these frustrated, often confused, sometimes defeated men take back their power, becoming the warriors in our society fighting for a purpose greater than themselves, I knew this is the playing field where I belong.

Breaking away from the mediocrity of society and becoming a warrior takes guts! It takes the mental strength to really question your reality and all the stories that you have been telling yourself to keep you stuck. It takes tremendous power to look at your life and stop being a victim and instead take complete accountability for every single thing that has not worked out the way you planned when you were five years old, to find the learning and applying it to the missing gaps! It takes discipline to break away from that all too easy excuse of not having enough time and get your ass in the gym or on the track and work your body until your lungs want to explode and your muscles feel like they are ripping apart – because your body is your vessel and no matter what you tell yourself, you CANNOT be truly powerful when you look like the Oros man!!! (by the way, if you have a look even he has slimmed down over the years). It takes determination to not back down from pain, but to push through the barriers understanding that pain indicates areas of growth and potential and that only a handful of men are prepared to embrace the pain as a part of their product. It takes balls to stand in front of a mirror and admit to yourself that the biggest enemy that you fight on a daily basis lies WITHIN YOU!

This is what you were designed for. Your body was designed perfectly to be strong and ripped. Your mind was designed to be strategic and find the gaps. To analyse situations and to see what others can’t so that you can get ahead and succeed. You THRIVE when you bring true discipline into your life. You conquer when you embrace death as inevitable and live every single day as if it is your last because that is when you kick into overdrive, adrenaline pumps into your system and you become invincible!

The way of the warrior is one of simplicity. It is one of training the body to perfection which then houses a laser- sharp mind. It is about fueling the body and mind to maintain peak condition. It is about having definiteness of purpose, understanding why you exist, who do you exist for, what you are working for. It is about having honor, compassion and faith which fuels your courage to NEVER GIVE UP! It is about having the discipline to get up when everyone else is sleeping because you KNOW that you have what it takes to win.

Understand this and know it to be true – within you there lies a warrior. Maybe he is already awake, maybe he is asleep. You can keep him asleep and fit in with the masses. You can keep him sedated for the rest of your life and numb his pain with overeating and drinking. You can get to your death bed and see him standing beside you with fury in his eyes for wasting his life, his mission, his purpose.

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right now, in this moment, you can choose to wake him up and feel his power roar through every cell of your body. You can embrace being born a warrior and feel what it feels like to be truly alive!!!!

I know that I’m ready for the warriors of this world to wake up and take their place. Are you?

Walk with honor.

The Achilles heel of a modern warrior

This is my personal truth.

The hardest thing for me to do, is slow down.  To hold back.  Especially when it seems that everyone else is passing me.  After all, I was born the achiever, the competitor.  I am wired to win!

Welcome to my world.

I hit the trails this week-end with my coach’s instructions firmly in my mind, the training zones and time goals entered into my App.  The dreaded zone 2!  That zone where my heart-rate has to be kept so low that my pace is that of a turtle wading through an ocean of peanut butter, going backwards.

I hate zone 2!  Every single person out on the trail runs past me.  I simply smile with my lips and greet them.  In my mind there is a myriad of passionate words being shot off faster than a machine gun.  I look at my heart rate monitor – upper level of zone 2.  I need to slow down. &^$@$!

Up ahead, a group of mountain bikers standing in the sun, resting and having some water and a chat.  “Is that really the fastest you can go?” comes the taunt.  “Yiiiip” is the only reply I give them.  Laughter.  Dicks.

Zone 2 training is not just about base training.  It is not just about building those fast-twitch muscle fibers that will enable me to run the 65 kms over the mountains in November.  Zone 2 training is about giving me something that 99% of people in today’s society don’t have – Discipline.

You see, it is easy to give in to the ego when there are other people around who overtake you and taunt you.  It is easy to give in to your ego when you look at your stats and it is so slow that your mother can go faster than you.  It is easy to give in to your ego when your child overtakes you and shouts comments in the line of old-age and picking up some weight.

But easy doesn’t get you anywhere spectacular in life.

The warrior understands that to be successful requires discipline.  It is about being disciplined enough to get up when others are sleeping.  It is about being disciplined to study whilst others are watching TV.  It is about being disciplined about what you eat when your mates are downing pizza and beer.  It is about being disciplined in your personal development and healing your subconscious mind so that you can live your best version.  It is about being disciplined in understanding your purpose.  It is about being disciplined in who you spend your time with.  It is about being disciplined in finishing every set and session.  And it is about being disciplined by staying in zone 2 when your legs, your ego, your heart and your mind screams for you to go harder!

Test yourself this week and see how disciplined you really are.  Do you plan every single day without fail to ensure maximum impact in the world?  Do you train every single day regardless of the weather or unforeseen circumstances?  Do you eat and drink clean to fuel your body every single day?  Do you spend time with yourself every day in prayer or meditation to ensure that you are clear on your path?  Do you invest time every day to bring out the best in your partner and family?  Is your email clean by the end of the week?

So many people tend to think that if they are disciplined in one area of their life, they can slack off in another.  That is NOT the spirit of the warrior.  The warrior understands that the way we do one thing, is the way we do all things.

Are you a warrior?

Walk with honor.

The Silent Warrior – A purposeful life

This is my personal truth.

Monday morning. 1 am. My soul is restless. Time to get up.

For the last couple of months whilst I was recovering from my operation, I have slowly allowed myself to slip into the coma of average. I have lived my life comfortably, eating a little bit more, sleeping a little bit more, fitting in a little bit more. In today’s world, it is easy to forget who we are. It is easy to forget why we were born. Society makes it easy to just exist because 99 % of society does not want us to stand out, does not want us to wake up to our purpose. So society embraces the coma of average.

But a warrior wakes.

It took a mere 6.9 kilometers for my warrior to awaken and see how I had lost my path. Some of you reading this might think this is a bit crazy, some of you won’t get this at all, but the warriors understand. 6.9 kilometers running single tracks, chasing my competitors. My legs were so bloody sore at one stage I was wondering how I could possibly take another step without them breaking off. My heart was beating hard, my chest was aching and my head kept saying ‘You need to slow down! You can’t possibly keep this up!’ But my purpose is greater than pain. Time to wake up.

6.9 kilometers. Four months ago this would not even have classified as a warm-up. Yet I had allowed myself to forget my purpose, and with that loss I had allowed myself to become soft, to loose focus, to gain weight. Time to wake up.

Purpose changes EVERYTHING in your life! The moment you embrace the fact that you were born to do something that nobody else can in this world, that you were born to bring a uniqueness to whatever it is that you were meant for, life starts making sense. A fire gets lit in your belly that makes you wake up at 1 am because maybe today you can touch one more life. Your mind becomes focused and you start treating your body, your relationships, your work with respect. Your soul becomes strong and you are prepared to stand out knowing the haters are waiting for you to stand out above the crowd so that they can try to knock you down with their public criticism and bitchy remarks in an effort to keep you quiet. I’m sorry if I make you uncomfortable with your choice to embrace mediocrity, but understand that it is your choice. You can choose to wake up and embrace your purpose… You can choose to become a warrior.

One of the things I have noticed is that society has made it really hard for people to understand their purpose by making it ‘that elusive thing that so few can find’. That is simply not true. Your soul already knows your purpose. He always has. He is simply waiting for you to ask the question and the truth will be revealed to you.

For me it was out on my bike one very cold Saturday morning riding alone in the Cradle. It only took a bit of quiet space and the desire to know. ‘What is this all about? Why was I even born?’ That’s all. Ask the question and keep quiet. Your soul will give you the answer.

6.9 kilometers was all it took for my silent warrior to wake up yesterday. Today I am once again focused. I get up at 1 am because the fire in my belly burns strong. If today is a good day to die, I will do so knowing that I took the opportunity to get up at 1 am and write this blog so that I can live my purpose one more time – to inspire.

What will it take for your warrior to wake up? For you to ask the question? For you to ignite the fire through purpose?

Find your purpose!

Walk with honor.