Model Universe Champion Jacquii Alexander
Jacquii Alexander is Australia’s highest ranking Fitness Model. She currently holds dual World Champion titles of Ms Bikini America (Classic Tall) and Model Universe Classic Champion. Natural Bodz readers may recognize Jacquii from a Star Profile in the summer 2013 edition, which followed her first international appearance as Part of the Natural Bodz Team Vegas in 2012.
At that event, Jacquii took home trophies in both classes she entered; winning Ms Bikini America (Classic Tall) and placing third in Model America (Classic). In June this year, Jacquii returned to the US, to the Fitness Universe weekend in Miami. At that event Jacquii was crowned Model Universe Classic Champion and also just missed out on winning Ms. Bikini Universe (Classic Tall) by a third of a point.
Jacquii credits her on-stage success to her mindset, as much as she does to her training and nutrition programs. Over the past three years, Jacquii has worked on finding ways to translate the philosophies that she relies on in her day-job as a regional executive with American Express, to the winning mindset of a Fitness Model.
Australian Natural Bodz caught up with Jacquii and asked her how she does it.
A FOCUSED MIND: See it. Land it.
I love the story of Alice in Wonderland. When Alice meets the Cheshire Cat, she asks “Which way should I go from here?” The cat replies “Well that really depends on where you want to end up”. When Alice responds, “I don’t much care where”, the mischievous Cat says, “Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.” The bottom line is simple: To get to where you want to go, you have to know what it is that you want.
When I decided to compete for the first time, what I wanted was simple. I had just turned 35 years old, and I wanted to prove to myself, that my best years were not behind me. I wanted to show the world that I could get into the best shape of my life. That in my mid-30s, I could feel confident on stage in front of strangers in a bikini!
It was my clear and burning desire all the way through that first competition prep. It worked. I did get into the best shape of my life, I felt amazing, and as a bonus, I finished 4th. I was thrilled.
At work, I have found that the fundamental principle of driving change successfully is instilling a sense of urgency. It could be making a sales target, delivering a project on time, or avoiding a legal issue. Whatever it is, the more critical and urgent it feels, the more likely the change will stick. Bottom line – it has to be a burning desire – just like I had in that first competition.
The second time I competed, I didn’t have a burning desire. If you’d asked me what my goal was, I would have said “to place higher than last time and to improve”. It didn’t have the same feeling of urgency as proving that my best days were not behind me. It didn’t drive me the same way either and I did not place.
I have since figured out the best way for me to fuel a burning desire to compete is through four questions:
First: i) What do I want to HAVE, that would be life changing for me?
ii) What do I want to BE, that would be life changing for me?
iii) What do I want to DO, that would be life changing for me?
Then: iv) How will this competition help me achieve the answer to one of the questions above?
When I understand the answer to the fourth question, I write a clear and simple statement of what I want to achieve. I write it in the present (“I am…“) rather than future tense (“I will…“) to make it feel real, and then I put it somewhere obvious and I read it and visualize it every day.See it. Land it. This is my mantra.
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