“If I can say no to caffeine for 6 weeks, then I have the strength to say no to many other things that I want to do but know are not good for me. I’m building that strength with little things, to be able to do the biggest things that need to be done.” - Vlad Ixel
A mindset where a person feels in control of their potential can give them the power and motivation to push themselves through the challenges they are facing each day. Vlad is an advocate for the idea of recognizing and sharing your acknowledgment of weaknesses with those you are close to. He believesa person must be aware of these weaknesses in order to begin overcoming them. Over time, putting in this work allows us to put ourselves on the right path to overcome our weaknesses.
“Take it one step at a time, one week at a time, and don’t give up too soon.” - Vlad Ixel
About 5 years ago, Vlad took a big risk and moved from Australia to Hong Kong, a hub for ultramarathons and competitive running, with no money and a diet primarily consisting of bread. By believing in himself and cultivating the right mindset, Vlad concentrated simply on doing the best he could. He was very resourceful when it came to navigating the process of entering as many races as possible with minimal funds. Vlad would sell the prizes and vouchers he won in previous races to fund his living expenses and his entry fee for the next race. One step at a time, he was able to build a name for himself, start coaching, and eventually that landed him a sponsorship with North Face. Vlad’s advice to others trying to figure out how to stay motivated and reach for their dreams is to keep believing in yourself. He also often refers back to his method of success: “Take it one step at a time, one week at a time, and don’t give up too soon.”
Improvement doesn’t happen overnight, you must get your foot in the door and keep working on your passion. Through control, believing in yourself, and taking it one step at a time people are able to morph themselves into doing much more than they originally thought they were capable of - just like Vlad did.
Thank you Vlad for sharing your motivating story! If you want to follow along with Vlad’s endeavors, check out his Instagram linked below.