As an elite athlete, I experienced some of the highest highs that anyone can ever experience in their life, I’ve represented my country at multiple Olympics coming home with a silver and bronze medal. I’ve broken eight world records and also a six times world champion. I’ve also experienced some of the lowest lows that anyone can also experience too. I’ve gained a massive 50kgs, fought depression and I’ve also been arrested for stupid things.
I am a father, a brother, a swimmer, a cyclist, a runner (or I shuffle). I do my own grocery shopping and catch public transport. I’ve been a corporate banker and even own a transport and logistics business. In 2010 I shed over 45 kgs to get behind the blocks and win multiple medals on the world stage again. I’m a brand ambassador, I’ve worked in media, I’m a public speaker, motivator and have also inspired others from all over the globe.
What I have learnt throughout my very short 36 years on this planet is that I always see the positive side to everything. I’m a creative person, I run numerous businesses revolving around health and life. I’ve developed products that assist performance and recovery, most of which I use on a daily basis. But what’s most important about my life is at various stages and something that I’m most proud of, is that I’ve also failed, on many fronts.
You might ask why I think this is important? Because it’s through all of my failures that I’ve been able to build my character, have a stronger belief of who I am, know what my priorities are in life and also, it’s made me a better father and also, a better a better person.
I’ve alway said that ‘There is no such thing as failure, IT’S ALL FEEDBACK’. If we can’t sit down, debrief and look at our past, then how do we learn from what went right, and also, what went wrong? If I stood behind the blocks and continued to focus on what happened in the past, then my mind and my head wouldn’t be clear to focus on the job ahead. My experience with life is that it’s exactly the same.
If we never take the time to reflect on the past, learn from our mistakes, broken relationships, failed businesses, missed opportunities and so on, then how do we know that we’re growing as an individual? My coach use to always say to me ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got’.
Though, if our mind is always focused on the negative events that we’ve done through out our lives, then how do we free ourselves to have the strengths to set and achieve new goals, rise to new challenges and keep fighting on when we’re continually being knocked down from every angle on a daily basis?