Monday, love it or hate it, its a new day filled with new opportunities to get up and make something of yourself. To get up and be better than you were yesterday. And to help Im sharing with you one of my own persoanl inspirations, Andrew Sparks from Sparks Elite.
Andrew Sparks is an internationally recognised motivational speaker, peak performance expert and coach to business leaders, athletes and aspiring achievers.
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown
Charlie: You are a successful performance coach and mentor – what do you attribute this success to?
The first is having a good understanding of people and the way we think. This allows me to get to the bottom of issues quickly and also see the upside that people are looking for. Secondly, education. I am always learning, and finally, determination. If you want to be a leader and innovator, you have to work like one. You can have a million dollar dream, but if you have a hundred dollar work ethic, that’s all you’ll get.
‘Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
Charlie: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the wellness industry?
I sort of fell into it. I needed to work on a few things myself and when I learnt some things, I knew I could help other people. That’s where this all began and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Seeing the changes in people. Helping people be, do and have more, and being able to play a small part in that is what inspires me to do what I do.
Charlie: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?
It’s great to be able to help and inspire people. That’s what it’s all about for me – helping people achieve more than they thought they could before we met. If I just do that for one person out of a room full of people, I’ve done my job. It feels pretty damn good.
Charlie: Has there been any challenges along your journey?
More than I could list. That’s how this whole journey started. There were personal challenges on many levels and today there are business challenges every single day, but when you get past those, you grow and gain belief that anything is possible. That’s what I believe now and I would never have believed that if I hadn’t had the adversity to overcome. I don’t see those things as bad, I see them as awesome, in a way. Everything that happens to us, happens for a reason. We make a choice to either be a victim of it, or make it a strength.
Balance can be difficult when you’re teaching high performance, and being congruent with what you teach. It’s living to my values is what makes it work. My top 3 values are my mission (business), my health and fitness and my relationship. When I focus on those things weekly, I’m on track. There’s no couch time and less times with friends and family than I would like, but that’s the stage of life I’m at. In 5 years, my goals and values will be different and all of this will probably be different.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley
Charlie: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?
Keep it simple. People make things way too complex. Aside from that, make sure you have the right strategy and then work hard. Honestly, that’s it. If you master those 3 things, you will be wildly successful at anything.
Go and get it. Don’t stop. It’s your dream and you can do it. Push hard and realise your potential.
Charlie: What can we look forward to next from you?
Dont be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.. – Unknown
My company Sparks Elite is growing quite quickly. We have some extremely exciting programs to help people be better in their business, health and fitness, career, finances and relationships. Some of these are already rolling and we’re on track to be providing cutting edge programs and retreats in all of these areas by early next year. The next 12 months is so exciting for our team and our clients. I’m can’t wait!
Be consistent with your exercise, eat sensibly and run. Running clears my mind, so that’s my version of ‘down time’.
I sincerely thank Andrew for his time.
Love & light, Charlie x.
Surround yourself with people who make you want to be better, to be more, the ones that are chasing their own dreams…those passion filled conversations…priceless.
‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs