When I reflect back on my previous annual blog posts, it always amazes me how different things are that day in comparison to the beginning of the last year. However, the one thing that hasn't changed is my end goal of running my own purpose built Movement Academy, my passion for teaching and the pure pleasure I get from training, facing my fears, pushing my own limits, both mentally and physically and watching my students develop.
Parkour acted as the main catalyst to initially help me understand how to manage my hyperactivity & my frustrations from being unable to concentrate. Parkour helped me build the positive, growth mindset which changed my life for the better and explains how I've managed to achieve so much in such a short space of time.. I hope that sharing this helps you too :)
First, because we are all different, it's important to understand how you learn. According to the VARK modalities, I am a kinesthetic and visual learner which means I can easily visualize objects, plans and outcomes in my mind's eye. I also have a good spatial sense, which gives me a good sense of direction & distance. I use my body and sense of touch to learn about the world around me & enjoy physical activities. I find it easier to think out issues, ideas and problems while I move. Training in the discipline of Parkour acted as the perfect semantic bridge for a dynamic meditative state between body and mind. In other words, my brain finds blissful focus and calmness from the creation of expressive movement and links body and mind through a universal language we call emotion (the concept is relevant whenever ordinary human activities, observations, and tasks are transferred into a computational representation. Hein, 2003).
I encourage you to find your learning style to help you understand your way of learning and understand that the only real disability is a bad attitude and a negative, fixed mindset.
So to conclude this year's blog I wish to offer my advice. In the words of Les Brown, one of my favorite public speakers - "never let a person's opinion of you define your character or reality". You, no matter what label you have been categorised under, are intelligent, you are capable of greatness, you are capable of changing your reality, & you are capable of changing the world if you desire. All you need to do is find your learning catalyst - your way and your passion... For me, it was Parkour and creative movement but for you it could be anything.
One of my biggest achievements of 2015 was to finally finish University. On top of all my other responsibilities, the whole four year process was a massive burden to my healthy lifestyle, physical fitness & positive mentality. There were plenty of times I thought I couldn't continue on.. Even my family could see how badly it was affecting me and were very supportive toward me giving up for the sake of my sanity... however, they were also supportive of me deciding to stay the course and continue to learn.
I am forever thankful for my family, more and more every day because if not for them, I wouldn't even be able to make a choice.
I'm so glad I didn't give up. University taught me more about who I really am & how to appreciate my life & family than it taught me about the business world or Sports / Events Industries. It also taught me how to independently think, research and understand the rules of this game we call life.. And as Einstein says "First we must learn the rules of the game, and then we must play better than everyone else"
We have two choices in life, the easy path and the path less travelled.. Which one will you chose?