How to develop an over-achieving mindset and crush your goals

Setting goals and knocking 'em out

No matter how close or far from home you are, their is nothing as deeply significant as setting goals for yourself and then achieving them.
Learn to cherish and flourish in the pain and struggle that are inherent to your process.
Surround yourself with people and energy that push you higher, and remember to be grateful and tell them how much you love them as often as you can.
Find beauty everywhere, though some moments make it overwhelmingly easy, and when your heart needs caring, who says you can't go home? Your home, where you decide.

Inspiration comes from unexpected places? Be ready to embrace it!


Inspiration comes from unexpected places...
You see an old friend after some time, expecting nothing but a short shared moment, and then that turns into a deep heartfelt conversation that reminds you of a few of life's beautiful things, humility, friendship, hard work, mutual inspiration, a common passion...
And then life continues, as if nothing had happened, but you can't help but feel an even stronger desire to better yourself, push yourself, grow...

Nobody was born achieving, excellence is built

I am also proud of all the hard work that I put, on a daily basis, to be the best person I can be, on a physical level, and on an emotional one.
Because NO, I was not born looking fit, and I did not grow up conditioned, and I don't stay that way thanks to some miraculous genetic gift.
I have made busting my ass a part of my daily lifestyle, both when I am stationary, and when I am traveling, workout after workout, meal after meal.
Big heartfelt thank you goes out to all the people that love me for what I am, allow me to push myself beyond my limits, and put up with my weirdness and obsession for exercising my body, through sports, and my demons, through conversation.

Surround yourself with inspiring people

Because the people and energy that you surround yourself with are the only real impact you have on how you can deal with the cards life deals to you...

If you've gotten this far

If you've made it this far down the page, you probably are actually paying attention. My opinion on how to become an over-achiever is simple, through inspired and motivated hard work. Duh. And how do you magically become inspired to work hard?
By focusing on your own path, putting at the center of it what is biologically and naturally important:
-the research, cultivation and cherishing of deep, meaningful relationships through constant effort towards mutual, fluid, sincere communication.

-the selection and pursuit of short, medium and long term goals, followed by the celebration of victories, both big and small

-a constant, deep, sincere and powerful cultivation of your sense of gratitude. Every time you think you "have to" do something, tell yourself that you "get to".

Things to keep in mind as you reap the benefits of your hard work

"Is this really true..."

Let me pinch the inside of my arm... and my leg... am I really sitting inside this plane, headed for what seems like the final trip of this summers interminable list, one with an actual "destination" I will (temporarily) stop in?

"Destination is the trip, itself"

Yeah, because I feel like at this point, this restless life of the traveler feels like "home" to me, as if there was no destination but the trip itself.
But no, it's true, I am going "home" to New York...
And this feeling inside my chest, my stomach, I guess it's the the result of the life of he who travels, never really stops.
Intense joy alternated to intense sadness, emotions brought to their extremes.
It's the result of a life I choose, and have always chosen, or maybe just the inevitable consequence of my nature.
Interminable hours of plane, car, ship, ferry, train, bus, subway, walking, running, lots of running... have taken me on a journey through the many different worlds of places and people, familiar and not.
Physical worlds, as well as the worlds within people, the worlds of different cultures, countries, ways of living.
Worlds that I loved and understood before even meeting, and others that take immense effort for me to even start to seize.
Worlds which I have grown to love, respect, appreciate, even dislike, or not.

"All kinds of ups and downs"

All kinds of ups and downs, but worlds that have taught me something precious time and time again.
It's been something like 41000km (26000 miles), almost 3 months, continents, towns, cities, villages, languages, cultures, ways of living...
And yet the journey that this summer has most significantly contributed to carry on and deepen is the one within myself.

"The greatest journey, the one within"



Thanks to this gift of life, these incredible lessons of humility and openness, I have grown.
The road is long, but so are my optimism, will, joy and hunger, and I guess that it just feels right to dedicate these words to the two people that provided me with the first, ultimate "gift" itself, my parents.

"Thank you to the providers of the first, ultimate "gift", life.

 

The tear in my eye is just collateral effect, a part of the game.
This one goes out to you two, the journeys that brought you together, the journeys to come, everything in between, and that fantastic place in my head and heart where I am and will always be just be a kid, and you, my heroes.

 

Myself and my parents

Myself and my parents

Behind the scenes of my Thailand adventure

"In no particular order"

Lorenzo Pozzan in Thailand


This past year has been something I still cannot fully wrap my fingers around.
To this day, I have trouble describing and understanding where my core, the human identity I was born into ends, and where the evolution of who I am today, begins.
Luckily, there are a few things I do on somewhat of a regular basis as part of my own vital routine, that indirectly help keep track of my mental and physical state: writing and exercise.
One of the most eloquent ways for me to communicate what happened is that of factually contextualizing events, and then sharing flow-of-consciousness writing from that particular timeframe, so, here goes.

Flow of consciousness writing


My exercise regimen and vision this past year broadened to a more applied, functional way of training, because of the continually changing demands of a highly varied lifestyle.
This change was empowered by the knowledge and inspirations produced by one of the most extraordinary encounters of the year, and of my life. Mr Joe.
Brother and partner in crime, I was blessed enough to share some extraordinary adventures (which I will share more about in another writing session) with this guy, with much more to come, as our team effort (Boyz-Aroundthewod) prepares for take-off.
Right now, I will just let a piece of text from one of our adventures in the Thai jungle speak on the subject:

Text from the Thai Jungle

 

"There are people out there who's enactment of the base principles of sharing, friendship and brotherhood represent a victory for all of humanity. People who don't necessarily talk about, teach or explain, but rather embody, show and clarify by example. People who would rather lose some and take one for the team in the name of what has real, deeper value. People who will slow down their own stride just to be by your side and push you to grow once you find your own pace. When you meet people like this, every other type of interaction becomes indirectly conditioned by the uncompromising integrity you have experienced, and your will to grow and deserve the support and respect they give you pushes you well beyond your solo potential. The dream of being bound by friendships to people like this is what gets my inner child out of bed with a smile every morning. So, for a new brother, untamed beast with an uncompromising heart who's words have inspired me almost as much as his silences. Who's training has helped me burst through physical and mental plateaus  with the power of a raging bull and the control and precision of a hummingbird. Who's humility has given me the courage to question the fundaments of myself. Who's quiet inner tornado has taught me so much about life, and who's overall love, blood, sweat and tears have given me more in a few weeks than I could ever dream of giving back, thank you. Until next time, you have my word, we either go hard or we go to the ward."

Thailand itself, according to a traveling actor


As for Thailand itself, the welcoming love and good hearts of the Thai people healed me, educated me, fueled my passions and projected me to new dimensions of confidence and awareness, as an improvised soul-searching trip turned into a prolific professional learning experience, offering me the chance to work with extraordinary talent on amazing projects.


To describe this, I will let images talk: