What we do day in and day out is what defines us.
One of our team goals is to recognize those who exemplify the spirit of what SELFignition is all about - igniting the fire within! When we are witness to it, we get to see everyday ordinary people achieving extraordinary things. We all have it in us. We just need to figure out how to create the spark. Kyle Oliveira has it!
When we see that flame burning in others, we want to recognize it, and we want to cheer it on! We have watched this young man illustrate that fire within over and over again.
I knew Kyle Oliveira before we personally met. He was the young sweaty fighter at Elite Performance who literally was kicking ass and taking names. His work ethic was one I admired from a far. I would watch this kid bust his butt everyday in the gym. No whining, no complaining and no drama. I liked that.
When we were formally introduced, it did not take long to realize that this kid had more than just fighting skills. I refer to him as a kid because he's young enough to be one of my own... Drive and determination separates the men from the boys. Kyle exemplified what it meant to be holding an internal debt of paying the price to be better than he was yesterday…This kid was a young man wise beyond his years.
Fast forward to now...Kyle is a young man who is determined and focused and here at SELFignition we want to help. This partnership is to help Kyle further his goals inside and out of the ring.
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a team of support players to help people realize their dreams and make them a reality. That is part of what we do. We create opportunities for people to create success in their lives. Blazing Trails is about new projects and new adventures. Our newest adventure is along side Kyle Oliveira. Maybe I should actually say in the ring instead…
So who is this guy?
He's been a boxer since the age of 13. His amateur highlight reel includes a record of 16-2. He has won the Golden Gloves, been a Provincial Champion and National competitor. He fought at World Championships in Kansas City. His goal as a professional fighter includes getting more fights under his belt and to be signed with the UFC or a top Boxing Promotor like Oscar Dela Hoya's "Golden Boy Promotions" or Bob Arums "Top Rank Promotions"
In support of breast cancer awareness Team Oliveira - Fight with Me to Find the Cure, will be fighting next month. Kyle, a junior lightweight (130 pounds) fighter will take on Toronto’s Stephen Zea in a six-round bout at High Stakes Havoc II on Oct. 22 at the Club Regent Casino and Event Centre here in Winnipeg.
What internal mechanisms does Kyle have that we can all learn from?
I asked Kyle some questions to share with all of you.
What are your top 5 daily habits that you feel have created success for you?
Besides my intense work ethic and training routine I truly believe these points have helped sharpen my mindset.
When asked where he draws his motivation from, Kyle was not a one-man show. He draws inspiration from his spirituality. He is motivated by inspiring people, he is driven by the dream to succeed.
If you could spend an afternoon with someone to be coached by, inspired by, who would that be?
Oh man! This is definitely not a one answer question, haha! I will try my best to not get carried away.
Mike Tyson, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, Warren Buffet, Robert Kiyosaki, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Sammie Henson, Jordan Burrows, Ray Lewis, Eminem. Okay I'll stop.
Powerful thoughts can sometimes be undone by outside negativity.
Ever had naysayers tell you what you want to achieve is unrealistic? How do you handle that?
Ever?... That's my life, especially when I was a young kid. The worst time to try and turn someone away from their dreams… But, this is expected when these people fail and give into society. Basically I would have more friends and family if I lost my confidence and success thus far but I am now older and wiser to be able to easily handle this situation. I do not associate myself with negative people that have been brainwashed by society because I know the difference between that and the universe therefore I tune out everything that is a negative factor and keep my circle small with zero stress in my life.
Do you see yourself as a roll model?
I do, having young kids look up to you is great, if I can make a positive change for kids to make a smarter choice in their life would be very satisfying, ultimately it's for the kids and the next upcoming generations. We all should be proper role models for. The bigger athlete I get I hope to be a greater role model and work with kids.
What is one area of your life that you want to be able to make a difference?
As much as I do already I want to push it further and keep educating myself in areas that will better my career.
What keeps you positive day in and day out?
I'm just a laid back guy with no stress, problems, or negativity in my life at this point. Ultimately my grand visions keep me highly motivated, positive things I surround myself with is an indescribable feeling that keeps me super happy, energized and focused.
Yogi Berra once said "If you don't know where you are going, you might end up someplace else."
This young man knows where he is going. Kyle exemplifies everything we strive for... Staying positive when life throws curve balls. Staying focused on the goal. Creating daily habits that create success. Filling the mind with affirmative thoughts. Paying the price everyday to become better than he was the day before. Having the mental toughness to grind in and out of the ring.
I often ask people who wants to be a high performer? The answer should be 'yes' from everyone! It doesn't need to be getting on stage, or getting in the ring. To me it means being a high performer as a spouse, a parent, in your workplace, within yourself.
Sometimes though, we just need someone in our corner.
You can see Kyle in action October 22, 2015