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    Ahead of the Game

    Ahead of the Game

    A common question that's asked of anyone whenever a height of success that is reached is usually that of 'what's next?'. Immediately a shred of doubt peels through, as we all understand the common pressure and expectation of creating something new for the audience. Call it a form of writers' block if you like. I can tell you in my experience, that I haven't experienced such block during my time in drafting my novels. All of what I've done so far, comes from a very distinct place of vulnerability within myself. Emotions are high, my immediate environment appears low, and I only have myself to depend on to pull through.

    This is the exact ingredient necessary to staying on top of yourself and being ahead of the game. Past judgements and experiences tend to pull us back, as I've written previously before, and our TRUE strength lies in overcoming those traumas, and pushing forward despite these self-imposed obstacles. Staying ahead of the game means just that - the game that's constantly being played on your mind. Your interactions with others, the successes, the failures, the hurdles you've overcome all can serve or hinder you - depending on how you use them.

    Do you allow your past success to make you grow soft for future challenges, or do you find a way to stay hungry despite your internal accolades? Do you allow your failure to stop you trying something new, or do you use the pain experienced as fuel to your internal fire to push on for something great. These are things that we all subconsciously ask ourselves everyday, sometimes without our own knowledge. This is what separates the pigeons to the Falcons and the Lions to the Antelope.

    2021, like every other year will present challenges to Blaque Falcon, but we'll be ready as ever, for it's the uncomfortable challenges that bring out the best in us.

    Love and Light,

    Ikenna

    2020: A Look Back to the Future

    2020: A Look Back to the Future

    While I can very much jump on to the complexities of the year events, I’d rather focus on the year’s achievements, and end our final Blaque Falcon magazine entry post on a high positive note. We all know how much of an unprecedented time this has been for all of us, but in light of all of this, I can write that we still came out of 2020 with success and very little damage done to us despite the obvious circumstances. I write the above with balance of conviction and humility, for I’m of the thorough understanding that others may still be enduring challenges of their own.

    If there was anytime to prove to ourselves of Blaque Falcon rising to a challenge, this was it. While exposure was initially slow for the release of our Season Three range, the months during lockdown gave me the opportunity to explore into avenues that wouldn’t have been considered under ‘normal’ circumstances.

    I have always wanted to do a garment range for children for quite sometime now. So much so, that we took in orders as a beta test to check on fit, embroidery sizes etc. It’s been a success, and I’m proud to have achieved this feat in 2020 amidst all the confusion surrounding the world. We also managed to get a new line Falcon Embroidered T-Shirts and Polos that offer a much wider range embroidery colours. I’m really excited to have this available for you all.

    In the literature side, I’m proud to announce that the first draft of my new book ‘Heath’ has been completed and is currently under its editing phase. The release date is pending, but I’m excited to bring you the follow up to my 1st novel DRAX out now on Amazon.

    Amidst everything that’s occurred in 2020, I can only foresee more great things for us all for the years to come!

    Love and Light

    Ikenna

    Peace...In Solitude

    Peace...In Solitude

    With everything that has taken place this year, I felt that a reflective post would most certainly be in order. The world has certainly been tested with a challenge or two, and I thought it be best to reflect a little on how powerful the warrior human spirit can actually be when put through an arduous circumstance. I, for one will be one of the first individuals to admit that it takes extenuating circumstances to test the strength of someone’s might and spirit – but challenges should always be sought for, and certainly nothing to shy away from.

    Personally, I have been through a few tests of my own, this year forced me to handle issues that were affecting me internally from what I was experiencing externally. Earlier in the year, I had no choice but to look into myself and to explore what was pulling me down. What didn’t I like about myself? Is there something from outside that I have not seen yet? Some of us are acutely aware of the old saying of, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ and where the light at the end of the tunnel begins to show itself gracefully.

    When looking internally in yourself, you not only find the flaws, but (if patient), you also discover the beauty and uniqueness in yourself as well. This is easier said than done, especially with all the distractions that we interface with every day, but with enough perseverance and focus, it is worth the effort. Administering your inner realm is like reading through your own book. You see all your past triumphs, failures, successes and traumas. What usually binds us to our past is the connection, the invisible link we have to a particular failure about ourselves and a sense of lack. This is why most us find it difficult to get past previous experience: there’s always an invisible link between the present and the past, therefore making a brighter future, near enough impossible to manifest.

    A method I eventually found in overcoming your own previous pitfalls of insecurity, is being comfortable in one’s own space. Solitude is actually a space where many of us are fearful of, but I can tell you this is a place where I found plenty of liberation in. Shift your focus to what makes “you”, you. Peel the layers away from what your so-called peers think of you, colleagues, and even family, for they see you in their own way. What matters here, is what you think and feel about yourself. Your perception is what makes your reality. Picture that dream scenario of yourself with no handbrake and embrace the excitement of what is to become of you!

    This was the primary core of what gave me the courage to kick start Blaque Falcon. I really wanted to have something, an invention of my own that I knew would benefit, myself and people around me, but it had to be an element that I had a natural enthusiasm for. Find this within yourself and the sweet fruit that comes shortly after.

    Love and Light,

    Ikenna

    The Falcon Way

    The Falcon Way

    What image comes to your mind when you hear the word “confidence”? You may think of a tall attractive man wearing a well fitted suit walking down the street with so much self-assurance that anyone who crosses his path would not help but to look and admire. The above was just one of many example that I can think of, but the enticing thing when you look at someone with confidence, is the regal bearing that individual will have when you notice them. This is the alluring mystery that I’d like to explore with you, as the common and most obvious question in observation is, where and how can someone get that confidence boost and how much will it cost?
    For me, there’s different types of confidence. I for one am not a fan of the common term of ‘fake it, till you make it’, but when I look into such a term, I can understand why people will do this. The world around is full to the brim of doubt, insecurity, fear and unhappiness. You can even argue that people around us who smile and appear to be confident may not be as beautiful and glamorous as you might as assume - and there is no shame in thinking this way, as we are all flawed. However, what if we took another approach. What if we looked at our so-called flaws and carried on with our lives with a holistic sense of pride knowing that this was simply a part of our being? This is now where fear comes into play, for this is where the mentality of lack appears. NO ONE wants to showcase their flaws in the clear and obvious fear of being socially ridiculed.
    In that context, my own form of confidence - one that I’d like to call The Falcon Way is a system of self-belief where BOLDNESS matters. Falcons don’t care if others acknowledge their flaws, they’re going to go out and get what they desire in any case. Falcons don’t have much time to dwell in self-doubt, because they’re too busy hunting their next prey. Second-guessing yourself is a kind of disrespect to yourself, because if a Falcon were truly confident, then any bump along the road would be seen as a lesson to learn rather than a self-defeating judgement. This is The Falcon Way.
    I’m sure you know what point I’m driving here by now. I’ve already written at length at how important consistency is to reaching a level. The same rule applies here. Whenever a self-defeating thought comes into your consciousness, why not give THAT a second-guess, and ask if that is what you really are, or if that’s just a misunderstanding of your own true divinity. Marinate with the above and go forth in peace.
    Love and light,
    Ikenna

    One Simple Change

    One Simple Change

    Health and wellness are specific areas of our lives that we tend to shy away from sometimes. We know about our 5-a-day and the importance of keeping and staying fit, but how often do we actually commit to ourselves to it? Let’s say for all intents and purposes that you have a specific health goal in mind that engulfs your mind. You know the physical and psychological benefit of achieving it, but you’re not entirely sure on how you’ll get there. I’ve written previously on how consistency is the key ingredient to achievement, but for this example of health, making that first leap – that one step is usually the hardest.

    Usually when it comes to aiming for those new goals, the part that scares us the most is when we take that leap into the unknown, you don’t know if you’ve made the correct decision or not, and you might hurt yourself in the process. Well, what if by making One Simple Change with us in the Falcon Family do you not only know the benefits of making that change, but you can also witness evidence (testimonials and scientific) research of the benefits?

    It's because of this that I decided to create The Falcon Five Pillars of Health. These pillars are all very simple because we’re all very aware of them.

    1. Nutrition - What we put into our bodies is essential for optimum health and bodily function.
    2. Hydration - Our human bodies are made of mostly water. Hydrate yourself with enough water to remove the common craving of unhealthy snacks.
    3. Spirituality - With the abundance of information available to us, some of us have forgotten our true source of power. Look inward for your internal wealth rather than outward.
    4. Sleep - Essential for holistic recovery of mind, body and spirit. 7-8 hours a day of sleep will assist in day-to-day activities and improve mood.
    5. Exercise - Much more easier said than done, daily exercise gives the heart the work it needs to pump blood around the body. Great for goal setting and mood control.

    These pillars are all very simple because we’re all very aware of them, you can find the pillars all being practiced on our NEW page dedicated specifically to Health.

    I trust that you will find it useful for you and yours.

    Love and Light

    Ikenna

    How to Deal with (Un) Certainty

    How to Deal with (Un) Certainty

    ‘Uncertainty’. ‘Weird’. ‘Tough times ahead’. ‘Confusing’. These are the phrases that are being thrown around right now that...in my humble opinion leave you scratching your head and raising your eyebrow even more. With all the events surrounding our homes, neighborhoods and the planet, I’ve actually had people ask me on my opinion on what’s going on and while I do everything I can to not resort too much on the emotion of it all, my responses and attitude has always stayed the same.

    Firstly, I was humbled that I was even receiving the question in first place, as the individual who asked me mentioned the positive 'go-getter' tone on all our previous blog posts. This was great as it particularly signifies what the brand stands for. In anytime of uncertainty and confusion, sticking your chest out and handling the situation in front of you - whoever you are is the answer. My response to the reader was that the ultimate key thing was to stay focused. ALWAYS.

    We should all know by now the importance of how powerful the mind is, and how it can easily sometimes be manipulated to serve both nefarious and positive aims. Therefore, I find it so important to be critical with information that you receive (even from us). It is only when you begin to critically analyse the data that your process into your consciousness do you start to see the entire political landscape for what it really is. This doesn’t mean that you completely turn off your PC or Television screen and abhor it or assume that everything that you read and hear is false. The point I’m making is that it is perfectly logical and even strategic to not take everything you see and hear at face value - i.e. not falling for the okie doke – a point I have strenuously made on previous posts.

    The most constructive solution is to have a relentless abhorrence for anything that distracts you. The goal is as clear in your mind’s eye, as the predator is to its prey. Constructive tasks that get you closer to your desire will fill your heart with joy and catharsis – in any circumstance. This is the mindset of a warrior. The Falcon animal itself is a war-like creature, it thrives for the hunt and goes after its prey with no hesitation. Does it concern itself with other wildlife doing what it needs to function on earth? Does an athlete running a 100m sprint worry themselves with their opponents? No. The end goal is in sight and that is the ONLY focus. It is totally human to have compassion for those who have experienced misfortunes, and have fallen victim to appalling acts of violence, but the best way to honour them in the midst of a crisis, is to stay war-ready, while preparing your mind and body for the challenge that awaits you.

     

    Love and light

    Ikenna