Project Awesomeness

Skydiving

Not too long ago, I achieved my childhood dream of skydiving head first towards Earth, at insane speeds faster than a rubber-burning Maserati.

After living that childhood dream, I felt extremely accomplished. I felt on top of the world! Like I ticked off a giant checkbox on my life list! Like nothing in the world mattered anymore! I felt a pure sense of awesomeness!

After the skydiving trip and the dust settled, I had to ask myself – What now?

I felt lost. I didn’t know what great goal laid before me. I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t figure out who I wanted to be.

Before achieving my skydiving goal, I thought about learning other awesome skills and achieving great goals but never really committed to anything because skydiving was all I could think about. After skydiving with the skills imbued in me by working in an indoor skydiving facility for years, I have proven to myself that I am capable of doing what I have always dreamt to do. That I can be capable of achieving anything if I map out the plan, and put in the effort.

It took me a while to smash it out, but it has come to this.

Project Awesomeness is a grand, ongoing action plan of activities that I will undertake that are would push my physical, mental and spiritual limits.

The kinda stuff we see on television and go “Wow! I wish I could do that!“.
The kinda stuff that most people might feel a good amount of fear doing, but want to do.
The kinda stuff would create a sense of inspiration, and awesomeness.

This is not a bucket list. This is not a list of things to do before I die. This is an ongoing project that will chart my journey towards creating a life worth sharing and journaling. I also hope to inspire all you readers to create your own great Project Awesomeness to test your own limits, and be on a never-ending path towards feeling the sense of awesomeness.

Follow me on my journey by subscribing here <insert squeeze page>, or if you have decided to start your own Project Awesomeness, send me an email here to let me know about it.

Physical

  • Do 20 pull ups at a go
  • Do 100 push ups at a go
  • Bathe with cold water for a month
  • Complete a full marathon

Mental

  • Smile first thing in the morning for a month
  • Meditate for 10 minutes every morning for a month
  • Meditate for 45 minutes every week for a month

Skills

  • Freediving
  • Slacklining
  • Juggling
  • Solve a Rubics cube

Minimalism

  • Go without internet for a month
  • Go without personal transport for a month
  • Count & document all my official papers

Events

  • Burning Man

Travel

  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa

Entrepreneurship

  • Start a successful blog
    • 100 Subscribers
    • 1,000 Subscribers
    • 10,000 Subscribers
  • Start a successful online business
  • Make a full-time living online
  • Put $100,000 in the bank
  • Give $100,000 to help human kind
  • Turn The Pursuit of Awesomeness into a Business
  • Speak at a self-help event
  • Create an Apparel Line
  • Write an e-book

Philanthropy

  • Raise $2,000 to Help Build A School In A Third World Country

Love You Long Time: 1 Simple Tip To Keep The Love Alive.

After spending more than 13 years with my partner in life, I’ve learnt that there are many ways to help stay in love. If there’s one simple thing that really helps keep the flame alive, this is it.

Only say “I love you” when you mean it.

Forget about waiting for the perfect moments to say “I love you”. Perfect moments happen rarely, and with planned dates, saying “I love you” to your partner some time during the date can be pretty much expected. Don’t just say “I love you” because your partner said “I love you” first. Don’t just say “I love you” because you say it every time you leave the house. Don’t just say “I love you” because of  routine.

What is more important is the recognition that every moment spent with your partner of love is a chance to be grateful that you are in love, that you are in a position to give love.

When you want to say “I love you”, ask yourself why, and tell her at least one simple thing you appreciate about her. It could be because of her lovely skin, it could be because she’s consoling her friend over the phone, it could be because of how she smells when she didn’t bathe, or simply because she’s a klutz.

Do it randomly. While you’re watching TV together. While you’re in the heading to the supermarket. While you’re sweeping the floor. The small element of surprise will make your declaration of love even more meaningful, and tie you in onto your next random “I love you”.

What’s important here is that you appreciate the smallest simple things, and communicate your gratitude clearly. If she becomes suspicious and asks you “Why do you suddenly say that?! Did you do something wrong?!”, just give her the truth, that you love her because of the small (or big) thing you appreciate her for.

All this may somewhat sound silly. But the truth of love never fails, especially when it comes straight from the heart.

Go show some love to your partner today.

3 Crucial Reasons Why We Sleep and How To Do It Right

Do you snooze for an entire hour before you actually wake up?

Do you feel lethargic during the day while at work?

Do you watch television on your comfy couch until you are unable to stay awake?

Does the scrolling of the Facebook and Twitter feeds keep you up till 3:00am at night?

 

Normalized Daily Sleep Deprivation

Long term inadequate and proper sleep can wreck havoc to both your mental and physical health. It directly affects the quality of your waking day, productivity levels, creativity levels, appetite, moods, immune system, and even your ability to control your weight.

You can work as much or as hard as you want, but without proper sleep, it may all be considered ineffective. (read: not awesome!)

Every living breathing creature of this Earth needs sleep, even if it means possibly being eaten by other animals who are on the hunt at night. So, there must be very good logical reasons why we need to sleep up to a third of our lives.

When your body goes to sleep, it does not mean you have “shut down your computer” and you just lie there unconscious.

During sleep, your brain is as active as it is while it’s awake. It is busy overseeing biological maintenance within your brain and body to keep everything running in tip top condition, preparing you for the following day.

I’m going to go over 3 very strong reasons why you should check your sleep habits and make sure you spend adequate time in slumberland tonight.

Physical Healing

During sleep your muscles and cells literally heal themselves. Atheletes can attest to it. Doctors in hospitals always say “The best thing to do now is rest.”

The human growth hormone begins to be released into the blood after about 3 hours after falling asleep and during REM sleep. Proper bedtime has a strong profound effect on muscle growth and physical well being. Poor quality rest can negatively impact human growth hormone levels, and in turn, affect your recovery rate. In fact, it would also be important to keep in mind that the difference between 6 hours of sleep to 8 hours can be astounding. The body needs enough time to repair the body from the 3 hour mark. Chronic sleep deprivation can compound the negative effects over the long term to the point of diseases even.

Brain Health

Another good reason to sleep well is memory consolidation. During sleep your brain takes everything you have seen and done during the day. It goes through the experiences, looks for patterns and connects the subconscious dots to turn them into memories.

You may find that if you don’t sleep well, your memory is foggy and recalling things make take way more effort than you expected. This is especially evident if you have the bad habit of sleeping late every night for a longer term.

Having good sleeping habits could mean the fine line between making or breaking it in our knowledge based world. Prioritize your sleep for a clear mind to tackle all those daily mental challenges.

Emotional Balance

Inadequate sleep leave people feeling irritable, short tempered, and easily stressed.

Cortisol, commonly called the “stress hormone” is secreted during times of fear or stress. Unfortunately, sleep loss also results in an increase of cortisol levels the following day.

This means that without enough sleep, insignificant things that normally isn’t a big deal can cause you to lose it. The whole day could snowball into one huge mental breakdown. All because you haven’t been having enough shuteye.

Being well-rested, on the other hand, will help to maintain your composure.

You’ll naturally feel more optimistic, patient, and relaxed even if nothing around you changed. Which means you’ll have an easier time coping with all of life’s little setbacks.

The mental clarity will allow you to get back up with enough expendable willpower to spare to continue on pursuing awesomeness.

 

Sleep better tonight

Parents always ensure their kids get enough sleep. They put them to bed by 9:30pm, dimming out the lights, and reading them bedtime stories.

Isn’t it interesting as we all become adults, we tend to gradually move proper recovery to the bottom of our priority list? Before we know it, we are habitually are trying to catch up with daytime naps, and going to work with a brain that can’t even do simple math.

Here are some tips on how to get a great night’s rest besides the obvious 8 hours. Allow yourself to maintain the most important vehicle on the planet, your body!

Develop a bedtime ritual

Decide in advance what your bed time ritual will be like, and give yourself about an hour to “shut down”. Dim the lights, set up some aromatherapy and put away all the gadgets.

Some activities I would recommend doing during that hour would be:

  • reading
  • meditating
  • stretching
  • reflecting on the day that passed
  • planning the following day
  • focusing on the clarity of your goals

Pull away from your screens

Blue light emitted from your television and gadgets slow or even halt the production of melatonin (the sleeping hormone) and literally hardwires your brain into thinking that it is still day time.

You will always believe that you are not sleepy when you are stuck in front of a screen. Constantly push it to 3:00am in the morning, and you can be sure your brain and body will be suffering from the effects of sleep deprivation.

Don’t drink alcohol or eat junk before going to sleep

When we sleep our bodies go into repair mode, and uses whatever nutrients we have supplied it with for the night.

If you dump alcohol and junk food into your body before you sleep, your body will not have the proper nutrients to fix up your body with! You’ll wake up the next day still feeling tired, hungry and wanting to sleep even more.

Make sure you go to sleep properly eaten and at a good early time, ready take on the following day with a body full of energy.

Know WHY you’re compulsively hooked to the screen, and courageously break the bad habit

It’s late at night and you’re in front of your social media feeds, scrolling down for the next post that only might be interesting.

Stop and imagine clearly to yourself the following morning, waking up with a heavy head and foggy brain, dragging yourself out of bed.

Ask yourself then: “Is my habit of clicking and scrolling causing me to suffer every morning?”, “Am I clicking compulsively because of the addictive design of Facebook/Twitter/Internet?”, “Is the blue light from my screen hypnotizing me to stay awake?”, “How nice would it be if I felt great first thing in the morning?”.

Be truthful with your answers, harness the willpower from within and pull yourself away from the addiction of late nights.

Give your body a break from the limitless amount of ‘infotainment’ and ‘auto-playing videos’.

Tonight, allow your body to do what it was meant to do at night – sleep.

 

If you had to sleep early regularly, what would your reasons be?

What techniques do you use to ensure you get a good night’s rest?

Comment below, and share it with somebody who you think might benefit from it!

 

The Beginning of The Pursuit of Awesomeness

beginning, journey, path

I woke up this morning – exactly the same as every other morning. The alarm went off, snoozed it twice, rolled out of bed and did my morning routine.

Is it going to be another day of thinking about doing this?” I thought to myself.

Standing there in the home office, I took some deep morning breaths, looked at my glorious glass board of life principles and lessons I’ve picked up over the years on personal development, and glared at the possible path I laid to becoming awesome.

I have been contemplating over this blog for some time now, but fear and limiting beliefs have been holding me back from pushing my boundaries towards contributing to the world through the power of the Internet.

I didn’t almost die yesterday or have some kind of epiphany which may have somehow pushed my mind over the edge into doing it. (albeit it has happened more times than I’d like in the past, another story for a future blog) I feel it’s more of a smoother learning curve, and it’s finally about time to do it.

Today is the day to take some massive killer action!” I screamed at myself (in my head), as I my mind went blank on what and how to even begin writing a blog.

I actually do have a long list of topics I’d love to write about and share with everyone, but as I sit down in front of my laptop, it all just goes blank. I get lost in the paralysis of overwhelming information on how to do it, and how to even begin.

So, I figured the best thing I could do for now is to just apply something I’ve picked up from my very first self-help mentor:

“Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey

This blog is dedicated to track my journey towards becoming as awesome as possible, but more importantly, to hopefully inspire others to pursue their own way of being awesome. Being awesome can mean many different things to a lot of people, but we can all agree that being in awe would mean feeling a great sense of wonder and inspiration.

If we are not living our lives towards being in awe of ourselves and those around us, then mediocrity will slowly and silently take over. Life will very quickly feel like a routine on a random physical/biological autopilot that has been programmed into our minds through a vast world of limitless distractions, secretly holding you back from your dreams of greatness.

 

So, I have decided that I will post blogs and articles on anything that will inspire the sense of awe, and importantly –  the lessons I’ve learnt and am learning from this journey of life. It is through these life lessons, that we discover and find the very essence of our own awesomeness. I will try to put them in my own words in the hope to help everyone pursue their own way of leading an amazing life.

I hope this blog will serve you well, and that it will be a door to your own pursuit of awesomeness.

[kkstarratings]