Posted on May 02 2018
Recently, I had the opportunity to go on an adventure with the guys from Beyond Clothing, testing out and photographing their gear in action. Joining me, were the likes of Bert Sorin and Mario Stanley. (Bert is the president and co-owner of Sorinex Exercise Equipment/world class hammer thrower/highland games competitor and Mario is a competitive rock climbing coach and big wall climbing expert.)
Looking around, I found myself in the midst of elite athletes and entrepreneurs; Men that weren't afraid to take risks and pursue their dreams.
Sitting in a hot tub after our first day of shooting, I couldn't help but contemplate the common thread that brought us all here together. My conclusion, was that we all possess a strong drive to go beyond...
What does it mean to go beyond? Where is beyond, and how far must one travel to get there?
These are the questions that we should ask ourselves, if we truly wish to pursue a life worth living...
Beyond is not a set place or a physical location. It is a state of being, that exists just ahead of where we currently are. It is a mindset that we should be constantly changing and ever evolving, in order to become something greater. It is the antithesis of complacency.
But how does one get beyond their present situation? How can we grow into something better? Everyone wants to improve, but few seem to master this elusive feat.
Where are you now and where do you want to be?
In order to figure out where we are going, we must first determine where we are. Introspection seems to be a lost art in today's fast-paced world of convenience and instant gratification. But away from our highlight reels and the personas we create online, who are we, really? This is a question that must be asked frequently, and answered truthfully.
After we have taken stock of our situation, we must acknowledge our faults and short-comings. Only then, can we begin our work to improve. If you don't know what the problem is, it is impossible to fix it.
Making a plan.Once an honest evaluation has taken place, it is time to formulate a plan of action. This step can often prove difficult, because we try to correct too many things all at once. Instead, it is best to start small and slowly add over time. Picking one area to improve upon is far more realistic than attempting to tackle everything all at once.
After deciding what to target, the next step requires getting uncomfortable. Growth only ever occurs when we get outside of our comfort zone. The problem is that in order to do so, we have to enter into uncharted territory. We must go beyond. One of the greatest challenges we face is overcoming our fear of the unknown.
As the saying goes, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." The adage holds true not only in business, but also in our own personal development. We must strive to constantly challenge ourselves in some form or another. In order do this, we have to let go of certain preconceived notions and let go of our egos. Ultimately, we must be willing to become beginners again, even in an area that we might be considered experts. And though it can be a tough pill to swallow, it is an integral part of the process.
Letting go. Moving forward. Going beyond.
These are all things that require action. They require a conscious effort of movement towards something unknown, but ultimately greater. To find out what is beyond, one must simply have the courage to take that first step. Whatever we do and wherever we are, our goal should be to continually advance forward, bit by bit, one step at a time.