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“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right” – Henry Ford; the key to success.

One of my guilty pleasures is cheesy motivational quotes and Henry Ford’s classic is no exception. Self belief and self confidence play a massive part in being successful but don’t underestimate the need for action. Plenty of people believe in themselves but many never reach their full potential due to a lack of action.

When I was younger I knew with 100% certainty that one day I would be a Kickboxing World Champion. This is not to say that self belief is guaranteed to get you where you want to be it is just part of the equation. The other half is where the hard work comes in. It is no good saying I will be world champion but then sitting around all day watching fight videos thinking that’s going to get me there. There’s no point saying I want to be a millionaire whilst not putting any action together to get myself there. There’s no point saying I want to be lean whilst eating cakes for breakfast – you get the picture.

Put together these two things and you will be unstoppable. First of all you have to believe in yourself and want to achieve your goal more than anything else in the world but then you have to get your ass down to some serious hard work, dedication and sacrifice.

In my recent fight in France, it came to a point after five rounds where the fight wasn’t going in my favour. I felt like I was fighting my opponent, the referee, the kick counters as well as the 1000 strong home crowd who went crazy any time my French counterpart even came close to hitting me. My sharpness wasn’t where I would have liked it after 2 and a half years out of the ring, the ring rust was clearly an issue and there would have been no shame in losing a fight at World level after such a long absence from the ring. This would have been an easy time to accept defeat, however, I don’ t like losing. This is where the fight changed in my favour, I realised victory was within my capabilities and I wanted it more than the guy in the other corner, the only person that could stop me from winning was me, and he wasn’t going to stop me either.

This is an attitude I believe we should all take in aspects of our life, we have to take responsibility for our goals. If you’re overweight you choose what foods you put in your mouth, if you have no money you made the life choices to get you there, when  you realise this you can truly take control of your situation and get where you want to be. It’s easy to blame others for our lack of success but remember you are the only person you can rely on to get YOU where you want to be.

So next time you find yourself complaining about your situation, take a time out and think about what YOU can do to change it…………

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