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Competition Time.. on hold.

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Well, I’m back from my blog hiatus, and I’m back with a much more positive mindset. Although the Royal Navy wouldn’t have me (Past ACL Reconstruction) I’ve had some much more important work and life experiences since. I may not have all aspects of my life organised. I’m missing some important relationships and work currently feels dis-organised and unstructured, but the one aspect I realise I have full control over is my own fitness, health and well-being.

I’m getting closer to getting my diet on point and I’m combining this with training and learning a lot. I have the occasional blip and still get smashed from time to time and seem to lose days from my life, but in the main these days are now much less common. Often I worry about my knee and to a lesser degree my lower back (if I’ve been really active throughout the day). I am getting up there in age for the young mans’ competitive combat in mma and I’ve been having aches and pains. This is where my visualization, belief and spirituality come in to play and will continue to do so.

Yoga Class Body Tough Royston

Down at Yoga Class at Body Tough

I progressed from only BJJ to MMA training after moving house and to a gym just down the street. Right on cue a local yoga class has also just started up at the gym and I’m going to make myself a regular there.  I was due to have an mma bout at FightStar Interclub to test start a possible competitive mma  journey. This didn’t materialize due to ongoing issues with arthritus in my right knee that I’ve been trying to ignore in the build up to my fight. Reality reared it’s head at the last however and I had to pull out. Maybe in the future if treatments improve I can get full confidence in my knee again and give it another go. For now however, especially with it being an ongoing struggle to access any healthcare, it’s not safe. I will also see how the grappling goes. I’ve since sparked up some old hobbies and my gym visits for now are way less frequent. It’s nice to have met some great guys down there too.

Steel Evo meets Body Tough

5 Great Reasons to Work for Yourself

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Be Your Own Boss

  1. Work when you want to/are ready to – Unless you’re extremely lucky you won’t have the benefit of being able to take it easy, but the flip side of working for yourself means you can clock on and off when you are ready and in the right frame of mind to work. You will more than likely end up working more hours than a regular job but you won’t mind because you’ll be pursuing something that actually interests you and something you really care about. Taking charge of your own working hours take discipline but that effort will lead to..
  2. Greater Rewards – You’re the one putting in all the hard graft, maybe alone, but that results in the potential to make the big bucks. In this way you truly are being rewarded for all your hard work, which may well be going unnoticed at a faceless company.
  3. You can put real passion in to your work instead of fobbing your customers off – I know from past personal experience working for large companies/conglomerates, especially in customer service roles, that the most important thing is to get the customer off the phone or out the door etc as soon as possible. It’s just a numbers game for these companies and they are obviously not truly interested in customer satisfaction anymore, they would much rather meet a quota. What I truly hate about these big business practices is that it will always be the genuine guys on the front line (The minimum wage workers in the stores and factories just trying to make a living) that will get all the shit and the flack from the unhappy customers when it is generally the fat cats at the top creating the problems. This unfortunately seems to be a fact of modern society for many large companies now and is the reason I will always value and respect small business over big business any day.
  4. You are in control of your own destiny – How many times have you heard the story of the hard working college/university graduate who followed the institutionalized path to the letter and become a company career man climbing the ladder to ‘success’ only to be left high and dry when that company faces problems or dissolves altogether. True, this could well happen working for yourself but in this case it will be down to you, and you alone.
  5. You don’t have to suck up to ‘the man’ – Let’s face it, working under idiots can be really frustrating and tbh many people in positions of power are just that. They don’t want any constructive criticism and they will under no circumstances accept that they may be wrong about something. Some just want to abuse the position and assert their power over others. Working for yourself you will never have to face this problem.

Of course self-employment comes with it’s own risks, you will never have that short term safety net and you will never have what we class as a ‘holiday’. This is the reason that it is so important that you enjoy what you are doing. The world of work is changing however. We live in a world of short term employment and zero hour contracts, so even if your goal is not to be long term self employed but to re-gain a foothold in a new company. You may as well still branch out in your own time, prove that you are willing to teach yourself new skills, keep active and produce a portfolio of work. Nothing is wasted.

Freedom