By W Model &Â International Athlete Ben Gregory
They always say time flies when you’re enjoying yourself, and I think we allÂ know how the hands on the clock seem to be in slow motion when we areÂ feeling down.
Being a W model is a big achievement, and we are the fortunate few whoÂ grace the books, the rigorous process of elimination you must have to goÂ through before being accepted onto the books is a challenge in itself. We faceÂ rejection multiple times a week, a month, a year. But it’s not because we areÂ not â€˜goodâ€™ enough, it’s simply because the clients have an idea in their creativeÂ mind’s eye of what they are looking for and on this day it wasnâ€™t you.
Anyway, back to my point of not delaying the enjoyment of your life, it’s easyÂ to think in terms of goals, outcomes and success and let that determine howÂ happy you are on a day to day basis. I want to encourage each and every oneÂ of you to not wait for the next bit of success to be happy, but remember thatÂ we GET to do this everyday and that you should enjoy everyday.
My message and the theme of this post is to not delay your happiness, it’sÂ something Iâ€™ve learned the hard way through my sport and throughout myÂ career as a model.
In my sport , I spent my late teenage years piling pressure on myself andÂ really treating the sport I loved as a child as a (very stressful) full time job,Â often forgetting that it was supposed to be fun , forgetting that I do it becauseÂ I enjoy it and the success is a bonusâ€¦ this wasnâ€™t the case. I always hadÂ optimistic goals every year and for every competition throughout that year. IÂ thought to myself , if you win this competition – then youâ€™ll be happy, if youÂ represent your country and gain your first Great Britain kit â€“ then youâ€™ll beÂ happy, if you go to your first International Championships… then youâ€™ll beÂ happy.Â Constantly delaying the fulfilment and enjoyment from the sport on a day byÂ day basis.
Iâ€™m now 25; older , fitter , wiser. More importantly Iâ€™m enjoying my sport andÂ my life more than ever before. Not because I’m more successful but I haveÂ changed the way I think about it. Now I’m happy and positive every day, enjoying the process, enjoying the fact that I get to wake up and train hard forÂ the sport I love and have enjoyed since my school years. Enjoy your journey, every small step of it. Everyday is a new opportunity to do great things, be aÂ great friend, be a positive influence on those around you. When you trust theÂ process and enjoy living in the moment you liberate yourself from stress andÂ negative energy and find yourself taking enjoyment from smaller everydayÂ activities.
Start today, Be more positive, Enjoy your journey. As a wise rapper onceÂ repeatedly told me – YOLO you only live once!!
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Photos – Patrick Hope
Clothing – LuluLemon Men