Daily Log 20 April 2011



I wrote in yesterday’s Daily Log that I had a talk to give today. I’m happy to write that after an agonising night of thinking and thinking of what to say, I managed to deliver quite a good sharing. I did share about my journey in getting ship-shape to compete in a triathlon and some of the principles I use. When I first attended the Money And You Programme in 2004, I was introduced to a concept called ‘MASTERY’ which lays down the foundation and principles of personal growth. I reproduced the MASTERY write up below:

MASTERY in one’s career and consciousness growth simply requires that we constantly produce results beyond and out of the ordinary. Mastery is a product of consistently going beyond our limits. For most people, it starts with technical excellence in a chosen field and a commitment to that excellence. If you are willing to commit yourself to excellence, to surround yourself with things that represent this and miracles, your life will change. (When we speak of miracles, we speak of events or experiences in the real world, which are beyond the ordinary).

It’s remarkable how much mediocrity we live with, surrounding ourselves with daily reminders that the average is the acceptable. Our world suffers from terminal normality. Take a moment to assess all of the things around you that promote your being “average.” These are the things that keep you powerless to go beyond a “limit” you arbitrarily set for yourself. The first step to mastery is the removal of everything in your environment that represents mediocrity, removing those things that are limiting. One way is to surround yourself with friends who ask more of you
than you do. Didn’t some of your best teachers, coaches, parents, etc.?

Another step on the path to mastery is the removal of resentment toward masters. Develop compassion for yourself so that you can be in the presence of masters and grow from the experience. Rather than comparing yourself and resenting people who have mastery, remain open and receptive; let the experience be like the planting of a seed within you that, with nourishment, will grow into your own individual mastery.

You see, we are all ordinary. But a master, rather than condemning himself for his “ordinariness,” will embrace and use it as a foundation for building the extraordinary. Rather than using it as an excuse for inactivity, he will use it as a vehicle for correcting, which is essential in the process of attaining mastery. You must be able to correct yourself without invalidating or condemning yourself, to accept results and improve upon them. Correct, don’t protect. Correction is essential to power and mastery.
~ Stewart Emery

Quite profound I think. There is a lot of depth in the words and I can spend hours talking about how these principles changed my life.

Distilling the passage to its very essence we get these rules and keys: There are 4 steps to achieving mastery:

1. Removal of mediocrity and surrounding yourself with people who will demand more from you than you ask from yourself
2. Removal of resentment toward masters
3. Develop compassion for self
4. Remain open and receptive
5. Be committed to technical excellence
6. Correct without invalidation yourself.

Anyway, I have decided to cover these points one by one in the coming days and share with anyone who cares to read my journey towards the mastery of swimming, cycling and running……


I officially start working on my core strength today. I used to spend time working out at the Gym with my personal coach from GetActive which is a personal fitness outfit in Solaris Mont Kiara. I had gone to the more commercial gyms such as Fitness First and Celebrity Fitness but I did’t quite like the vibe I was getting. I preferred the more intimate and personalised approach the GetActive trainers use. One thing about the fitness coaches at GetActive is that they are very very qualified and they do insist of getting re certified and keeping up to date with the latest.

I stopped after being with them for the full 24 sessions that I signed up for. It wasn’t that I was not happy or satisfied (far from it) but because I decided to focus much more on my running and my cardio fitness. I will probably go back when I start training for an ironman.

So at th emoment, I am content with just doing some basic workouts on the stretch ball. I found some good videos on YouTube and spent some time experimenting tonight. I didn’t want to shock my body with a heavy workout and prefer to ease myself into it.

So tonight’s session was divided into 2 parts, cardio on the elliptical trainer for 5 minutes at a time followed by about 3 minutes of core strength workout.

My ultimate plan is to come up with a regime that I can do for 1 hour that I can do twice a week. What that regime is currently under debate so I will probably hit the books and look at more YouTube videos as part of my research.

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