OK. I have been neglecting writing here for a few days. So now I have to make a quick recap of the activities during the day. Before I do that, the book ‘ReActivate Your Life – How To Make Changes And Achieve Anything You Want In Your Life’ that I’m writing is going well and my new website will be launched next week. I’ve also been working on some audio recording as well as articles about some of the principles I’m going to include in the book.
The other exciting thing is that I have registered as a contributor to ezinearticles.com. I’m still a novice at writing and this is one of the steps I’m taking to improve my writing. Have a look there if you have the time.
I had another rest day today. I haven’t given myself the luxury of 2 rest days in a row since I started this journey way back in Nov 2010 (8 months ago). Why the 2 rest days? Well, I’ve been terribly busy with my book as well as putting the final touches to my new website. That is the official excuse.
The real reason lies in the fact that I feel very tired, both physically as well as emotionally. A lot of worries regarding my training (especially my swimming) has been nagging at my thoughts. I find myself taking things too seriously. Don’t get me wrong. When I workout, I do so with a ferocious intensity and it’s serious business. The problem was that I’m beating myself to much and too easily when I don’t get the results I want. Sometimes I yearn for things to be like 6 months ago when every workout was an adventure.
So yesterday and today I decided to focus my attention to my book and website and I’ve been very productive doing it. It’s good to take a break from my triathlon training. It gives my body a real chance to heal and get stronger. It gives my mind a similar chance to think about what I need to focus on in the next 4 weeks.
And now I’m ready. I can’t wait to work out tomorrow. And I’m going to have me a real adventure.
Today is rest day. To be honest, I didn’t feel like working out. My MacBook died on me today, taking with it all my work on my book, the audios I’ve been recording and the articles and ebooks I’ve been working on.
Yes. I readily admit that I haven’t backed up my work. The last full back up was about 1 month ago. I’ve lost hours and hours of work that I have poured in since I started writing the book.
My Apple Supplier, Albert, had just come to pick it up and I’m praying that it’s a software issue and not a hard disk issue. If it’s software then it can be fixed easily. If it’s hardware then I’ve lost everything.
‘REACTIVATE YOUR LIFE – HOW TO MAKE CHANGES AND ACHIEVE ANYTHING YOU WANT IN YOUR LIFE’
I am writing a book. There, I said it. I’ve been mulling the idea of penning down what I’ve learnt over the years that has enabled to me to make some major and extra-ordinary changes in my life. I began to write about 2 weeks ago and frankly speaking I didn’t know what to write and how to write it. There’s been days wen I would sit down and stare at the monitor without a clue of what to write about. Recently, the ideas just kept flowing in and them more I write, the more the ideas would come.
Over the last few weeks I have embarked on a small project, a book. I’ve wanted to write a book for a long time now but when it comes to doing something about it, I’ll always a reason to do it another time. For some reason I got really inspired about 3 weeks ago and have begun the book. I now have the outline and structure and have slowly started filling in certain sections of the book. I’ve even started to get things on audio as part of the marketing preparation. More details will come later. Suffice to say, life is really starting to pick up. With the book, and the recording and the planning and not to forget, my triathlon training, I find myself really really looking for more time in a day.
I feel so lucky and fortunate to be able to do all this.
This question was asked of me a long time ago by my Business School For Entrepeneurs (BSE) Instructor, Dominique Lyone. Ever since I attended the BSE, my life has literally undergone a major overhaul (several times actually). I quit my job, I started to take to the stage to be a trainer and instructor, I started my own training and consulting company, became broke and nearly bankrupt and of course am now in training for a triathlon.
Looking back over the years (there’s been 8 of them), I can honestly say I have had a blessed life even during the many downs that I had to endure. The BSE taught me the meaning of commitment, the power of planning, the magic of thinking big and the absolute wonder of life.
Yesterday I watched a video by Brendan Burchard, the author of several books and the founder of The Expert Academy. It was a solid value and really got me thinking about a lot of things. One of the most profound things I learnt from him was to figure out what I am passionate about and build an empire out of it.
I am passionate about a lot of things but yesterday I discovered that I wasn’t really doing anything about it. Yes, one of the things I want to do is help and support people to achieve success but I haven’t really done it on a large scale, much less build an empire out of it.
So all day I’ve been thinking about what I know, what I’ve gone through, what I’ve learnt and how I can use all this to support people achieve success.
Ever since I started this journey I seem to have new found confidence in everything I do (despite the many setbacks and failures). I think it’s because I’ve just gotten used to pushing my limits every single day when I work on improving my swimming, cycling and running. If I was not able to view failures and setbacks as mere learning experiences, I would have given up this whole triathlon training a long time ago.
Compassion was not something I associated myself with. Once upon a long time ago I was a very different person. At the core I was a deeply angry person and whenever I failed at something or when I encounter stress I used to beat myself up, quite literary. I used to bang my head against the wall and if there wasn’t a wall available I would use my fist. It was as the more I hurt myself, the better I felt. The odd thing was that nobody knew I was doing it. I hid the shame of it so well that even my closest friends didn’t know what was going on with me, much less what I was doing to myself.
We are never thought to love ourselves. It was as if the very idea of self love came from vanity and was frowned upon. Yet that very idea hits us at the core. We should love ourselves more. We should love ourselves so much that the idea of not doing what we want to do (or living the life that we want to live or even chasing the dream we want to pursue) is alien and unthinkable.
This is a blog where a share my journey into the world of swimming, biking and running. I started this journey in Nov 2010 which was when I decided that I have to start paying attention to the state of my health and fitness.
I write a Daily Log which I also use as an exercise and workout journal. I also have a Category called ‘Musings and Thoughts’ where I share on various things that happens to the world and to me.
Though this blog describes a lot of my journey in getting fit and skillful at the triathlons, you should not read it as such. I think a lot of the posts is about achieving goals and dreams. It just so happens, this is my present goal and my current dream.
Having said that, competing in a triathlon is by far the most difficult undertaking in my life. I have to make so many changes not only to my lifestyle but also to the way I do the simplest things like run.To a certain extent that’s true as the person I am today is a different person that the person I was when I wrote that blog. I don’t mean that I have become a completely different person. Rather, I have a learnt a heck of a lot and I don’t mean just knowledge but also about myself. There’s been a lot of failures and setbacks. A lot of accomplishments and victories as well.
And that’s the beauty of going through something like training for a triathlon.
I am forced to go beyond my limits many many times and I’ve discovered that these limits are merely limits I put on myself.I am forced to face my fears many many times too and I’ve discovered that the fears are mere creations of my own mind.
I am forced to learn to have more compassion for myself as failures and setbacks would often lead to self punishment and even self loathing.
You don’t have to go through a triathlon to experience these things. All you need is a mission and the will to go through the journey. The rest will just follow.
Many have inspired me in my journey and I always say, ‘if they can do it, then I can do it too’.
So maybe by reading this, you would one day say, if Reza can do it, then I can do it too’.