My favorite sport is football, but it is International Rugby that provides the backdrop of today’s reflection on becoming unstoppable. When I recall the rugby days of David Duckham, Andy Ripley, Roger Uttley and Bill Beaumont, followed by a new generation of stars in the 90s such as Will Carling and Johnnie Wilkinson, one man rises above all others as a global star and rugby legend.

In recent months, rugby and indeed the sporting world paid tribute to the great Jonah Lomu, whose life sadly came to an end at the young age of 40 years in November 2015

He has been heralded globally as someone who changed rugby, combining strength, speed, agility and intelligence on the wing, like none before him, to outrun, outwit and seemingly swat his opponents out of the way, en route to scoring multiple tries. He graced the world of rugby and crowd attendances rose, as many watched a man in action described as ‘unstoppable’

The tendency among so many people watching such success is to observe with a mild or greater degree of envy that they may have been bestowed with luck or special qualities. What many fail to appreciate about Jonah Lomu was the huge obstacles he had to get by to obtain such success.

I am not so much referring to his childhood and exposure to domestic violence at the hands of his father, or the gang culture that exposed his troublesome youth. It is the critical illness he overcame on a day by day basis to grace the rugby field and the world with a display of skill, speed and power that had not been seen to this degree

Jonah Lomu was diagnosed with a critical illness only 2 years after breaking onto the international scene at 19years old in 1994. Many will remember his world cup performance in 1995 against England where he scored 4 tries. His diagnosis came in 1996 requiring him to take time out for treatment. Yet this man refused to lie down and bow to the medical implications of his condition, choosing to live his rugby dream.

The illness would rob him of muscle strength particularly in his legs. Yet strength is what he worked on both inwardly and outwardly, and belief is what he cultivated. He made a comeback in 1997, and won an Olympic Gold in 1998. His last international appearance was in 2002 before his illness worsened, requiring him to have a kidney transplant in 2004. He made it his goal and dream to play in the world cup of 2007

An Insight into Jonah Lomu

 

I do not know many people who could go overnight from prolific rugby star to struggling to walk to the fridge due to the loss of muscle and nerve conduction in the legs, and then defy medical expectations of becoming wheelchair bound to make it back to the rugby field. Jonah made a comeback in 2005 but unfortunately did not manage to secure a super rugby contract, which denied him his dream of a World Cup place in 2007. He retired from the international scene and was later desrevedly inducted into the Rugby Hall of Fame

He was not supposed to be able to have children, yet the impossible happened when his wife gave birth to two children in 2009 and 2010, and he devoted himself to becoming the best possible dad, whilst contributing to world peace through sport via the Champions for Peace Club, What does this man teach us about unstoppability?

When you are unstoppable, you are not void of challenges in life, neither are you immune to doubts and fears. Challenges can come in many forms on many levels, physically, mentally and otherwise. What separates those who are unstoppable from those who are not is the capacity to get back up when life knocks them down, to navigate challenges with a perspective that allows them to keep moving forward to achieve their goals, dreams and lifestyle aspirations .

Such people are characterised by a ‘never say die’ attitude. Rather than ignoring the obstacles they look at what lies beyond and adjust their focus accordingly until they reach thir desired destination. Their resilience and resolve do not decrease in the face of challenge, rather they increase.

Somewhat ironically his body could not hold his undying spirit, and yet his life continues to breathe life into those who wish to become and remain unstoppable, myself included. When people who read my book Breaking Free remark about my irrepressibility, I can only humbly testify to the undying influence on my life of such icons as Jonah Lomu from whom I continue to learn how to be unstoppable. You can get his Jonah Lomu’s Autobiography from Amazon too.

 

 

 

A key observation about the many clients I have trained in accelerated learning is how it impacts their self-esteem and confidence, and not for the reasons that might appear obvious at first.

It is true that when accelerated learning is applied effectively to any topic or subject, the quality of learning and performance increases, study time decreases, and the process is so much easier and enjoyable.

Accelerated learning is a brain optimized and systematic way of learning how to learn, such that it increases learning performance and reduces study time. It restores the joy of learning too.

The results have been well and consistently documented in The Learning Revolution by Vos and Dryden which sold over 10million copies worldwide. In that book the research indicates that accelerated learning outperforms traditional learning by a factor of 2:1. You do the math on time saved alone with this skill.

Yet for so many people learning remains a struggle and a stressful labour, born out of necessity. Many tell me that they continue to adopt a repetitive, rote, mechanical approach to learning on a topic by topic basis. Unfortunately this aligns with traditional taught methods of learning.

The knock on effect is that confidence and competence decrease where knowledge is concerned, and it becomes harder to navigate life and achieve career aspirations in a timely way.

So many people are still unaware of accelerated learning, and are therefore ill-equipped when it comes to learning.    I didn’t hear about accelerated learning until I was 30years old, and my experience at that point was similar to others, even though I would get sufficient grades in the subjects I was studying.

When I was taught this skill, it had a major impact on my learning. The results it brought added to the feel good factor that any such achievement would bring, yet there was something of more fundamental value that I discovered. I alluded to this in my contributory chapter to the book ‘Wake up Live the Life You Love.’

It started to wake me up to the power of my inner resources when they are worked in proper alignment. It made me ask what else I was capable of to. It underlined for me that we are powerfully equipped to learn, grow, create and overcome in amazing ways.  There is so much available to us if we can learn to harness our inner resources in a harmonious way.

This self-discovery was even more fascinating than the outcome. It set me off on an amazing journey where my life aspirations were concerned. Accelerated learning had provided a window through which I could view my inner resources differently and get to know myself with greater accuracy.

Many clients I have taught this to have experienced profound shifts in similar manner. They have discovered that it was the incorrect use of inner resources rather than the lack of ability that had been the issue.

Our Breaking Free Academy will be launched shortly and this will be the first course released as a foundation course for other courses to come, so that many more can be reached and equipped with this valuable skill.

Imagine having the inner resources to change your learning experience and results. Imagine that there is a systematic way to rearrange those resources and utilize them harmoniously. This is what accelerated learning does. It is to learning what a sharp axe is to wood cutting. You get through more learning in less time with greater precision.

So if you have not heard of accelerated learning, you have now been made aware. More importantly you have an opportunity to change your learning experience from today.  I leave you with some simple tips:-

TIPS:

  1. Make a decision to change your learning experience if you are struggling
  2. Google ‘accelerated learning’ and learn more about its benefits
  3. Enrol in a course online or offline to change the way you learn forever, and increase your self-esteem and confidence en route