My Gift to Kickstart Your 2017

Dear respected friends, I have a special gift for you to kickstart your year in style.

I am giving away my e-book for free, yes you heard it right, F.R.E.E!

You do not need to do anything to receive this book for free, no subscription, no silly task, no any marketing gimmick to capture your email addresses. Nothing. I am genuinely giving away this book as a gift to all of you.

There is only one favor I would like you to do for me in return. Please share this book to anyone you think will benefit from its content. That’s all. You can share this to anyone for free. Spread the love.

To download the ebook:

Right click the link below and select “Save link as” to download the e-book.

How To Defeat Procrastination and Keep Hustling Even When You Don’t Feel Like It by Mugilan Parimalam

If you would like to download in other formats please go here and scroll down to download in Smashwords or Google Play Books.

Thank you for your continuous support & wish you a fantastic year ahead!

Adios 2016

It ends.

Actually it begins.

Depends how you see it. It is just the way we count the days that passes by in our lifetime to know where we are currently and towards where we are heading to. So now the 2016 Gregorian calendar ends.

Anyway it has been an awesome year with plenty of ups & downs.

One of the most significant improvement in my life for this year was the number of days that I ran. This was my 2015 summary:

And this is my 2016 summary:

I did only 58 running/hiking session in 2015 compared to 107 activities this year.

Of course this is nothing. Out of 366 days this year I only managed 107 days. The room for improvement is an ocean for me.

But that doesn’t mean I am not proud of myself for doubling my running distance compared to last year. Well done to me. I am really looking forward to 2017 to increase my runs even more. At the moment, I am looking at 200 activites as a target.

Running for me is my keystone habit. As every other part of my life becomes significantly better when I execute this one activity and also this somehow keeps me healthy for the long term.

Apart from this for the coming 365 days, I am also keen to learn more by reading and listening to books.

Another part of my life that I failed to control this year is my emotion. Most of the time I reacted to what is happening externally. This is bad for me. I am learning to make myself more composed and calm. Mindfulness is a big thing, I am slowly learning to accept the present moment as this is the only best way to live with passion and vigor.

Enough about me, how about you? What are the best or worst moments in your life this year? How are you restructuring your next 365 days?

Do respond in the comment below.

I genuinely wish you a solid 2017 with more life & enthusiasm in it. Rock it!

A Conscious Atom

I… a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe. – Richard Feynman

Take a moment to understand the above quote as I find it really powerful.

Despite our daily hustle in this fast moving world we tend to forget the reality of our existence. We forget to zoom out once a while.

You are an atom. Everything around you is an atom. No matter how complex a being or a thing is, at root of it you will find the same substance that resides in everything. The only difference is that, among all the atoms in the universe, so far humans are the only atoms who have achieved consciousness.

Every single time I think about this, I am blown away by the fact that I am so lucky to be alive in this era where not only humans have achieved consciousness, we are also creating artificial intelligence that is in the process of being conscious. Scary I know but at the same time what a miraculous feat!

The next time you feel defeated by your day or by the people around you, take a moment and be amazed by the journey atoms have made so far since the primordial soup period.

Atoms have hustled it’s way to gain consciousness and it is only the beginning.

Be grateful and proud because you are made of the same stuff, you are. . .

A Conscious Atom.

The Impact of Aiming for Immediate Results

Most of the human population wants big results today. I was also in this list previously. We want to get healthier and wealthier on the spot and we become victims to all the amazing advertisements out there.

The reality is that if you aim for fast results, nothing significant occurs. For an example aiming to lose 10kg’s in 3 months sounds great and will ‘motivate’ you to run to the gym for the first week after you set your goal, but what happens after 2 or 3 weeks? You know the answer for yourself.

It is good to have goals, but nothing significant will take place in your life unless you are willing to shift your daily habits.

Aiming for immediate returns will burn you out in the long term.

We must respect the process involved in becoming really good. It takes years. Never listen to all the so called gurus who preaches otherwise.

Starting small and working on the task daily is much better than doing something really big and not being able to maintain it for the long term.

Forget all you have heard all this while. Start small in your chosen task & execute daily. You will be amazed by the results you see six months down the road.

My Journey Into Barefoot Running

Running is my chosen form of sport in which I believe keeps me sane and somewhat healthy. It has been more than 10 years I have been into this self torturing sport but this is the only sport I enjoy the most. Yeah, i know it sounds weird but that’s the truth.

Five years back, I was pretty busy studying running materials and that was when I stumbled into the very popular book in the scene, Born To Run. It pretty much debated the purpose of running shoes and encouraged people to run and actually gave scientific facts on why running in your most natural form which is barefoot might actually reduce your injuries. (I highly recommend this book if you’re into this type of thing!)

At that time I was looking for something that will improve my run and this book came to me. I was hooked. I did not go cold turkey with this barefoot trend but chose to do it in the long term. One of the first few things I did was running completely barefoot in the stadium track in my town. To my surprise it felt amazing to run without any shoes on my feet. That was the beginning of my journey into learning more about running.

Three years back I purchased my first ever minimalist running shoe which was the New Balance Minimus Zero Road:

That is how I started my transition phase into barefoot running. The shoe was for me the best shoe to start my barefoot running as it was light and durable. It also utilized the Vibram sole. This was the first time I ran without socks and weirdly I began to fall in love with the feeling of running naturally.

One thing to be careful here is that, during your beginning phase of barefoot running, you will feel more pain and become more sore after each session. For me I felt sore on my calves but this was only occurring during the first 2 to 3 weeks of my transition period.

I am an amateur runner. For the past 6 months my focus on running was refreshed and this has lead to more interesting self-discovery. I am excited to learn about my limitations and how I can surpass it using simple and basic habits.

I have learnt a lot in my journey into barefoot running but this is just the beginning. One thing I can confirm even if you run barefoot just for fun is that you will experience the benefit and feel connected to mother nature. Give it a try and you will understand what I am trying to convey in this post. Getting direct sensory feedback from your feet to your brain is a new kind of drug!

Recently I purchased my first every Vibram Five Fingers shoes. They are pretty hardcore barefoot running shoes. This is my next phase in my barefoot running experience. For those who are reading this and thinking I am just running so called barefoot but still using shoes, I would like to say to you that almost once every week I will run completely barefoot for a distance of 4 to 7km per session. This is how I programmed my leg to run naked and strong.

I will be posting more about running and also my barefoot running experience in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Centro Klang Run 2016 : Minor Improvement

Centro Klang Run is one of the few runs which I participate annually. It is a 12km run. You can read my previous experience here.

I did it again this year!

The route was changed to fit the theme which was Klang Heritage Run and all the runners especially those who came from different part of the country experienced many historical places along the run. Good job to the management team for organizing this race, they are constantly improving.

I did some improvements too. 🙂

I am an amateur runner who is constantly battling the enemy within. The biggest learning curve for me this season has been all about consistency. Since May this year I increased my training runs and that helped quite a bit. Stated below is my timing for 2015 & 2016 Centro Klang Run:

2015 – 1:34:09

2016 – 1:21:37

That is almost a 13 minutes improvement!

The timing is nothing compared to all the elite runners, but I am more interested in my tiny improvements. Below is the per km splits breakdown 2016 vs 2015:

centro2016

If you look close enough, the total distance for this year is actually 12.5km. My average pace was 6.32min/km. There was a small hill at kilometer 10 towards 11 and I slowed down at that part of the race. (Self note: more hill training) Apart from that I intentionally ran at the above pace to complete a steady 12km.

This is just the beginning, I have promised myself to test my so called limits. It was tough but definitely worth it!

Thank you for reading my progress.

Anticipate Downfall

I have mentioned many times in this blog, failure is inevitable. It is a law of universe just like how night occurs after day.

No matter how well you prepare for your success, you will eventually fall. Sorry for the spoiler folks, it is going to happen. The best part? It will continuously happen. Learn to embrace it.

You must anticipate your own downfall. Nope, this is not negative thinking, this is practical thinking. There is a gravity force to keep you on the ground. Get ready to fail. Have a plan to face it when it happens.

The interesting thing about falling down in your journey towards greatness is that, the level of failure when you first failed & your level of failure for your next one will be at a completely different level. To put it in another way, your next failure would have been a victory for your ‘old’ yesteryear self. As time passes the quality of your failure will increase.

You will fall. Wear some knee guards, get hurt & most importantly get back up fast!

100th Post! Thank You!

This is my 100th article in my blog!

I dedicate this post to my fellow readers out there which includes you. You are the reason for the existence of this blog. Thank you!

I would also like to thank few others who were my mentors which made all of this happen:

JamesClear.com

SethGodin.com

GaryVaynerchuk.com

ZenHabits.net

CalNewport.com

TheMinimalists.com

BoldandDeterminded.com

GoinsWriter.com

RobinSharma.com

Those mentioned above were part of the reason I started this blog which lead me to writing my very own self-published book! Please do check them out as their blogs/websites are truly amazing. It will definitely alter the way you think & view this world.

This has been a crazy journey which ultimately added massive value to my life. It is just the beginning though, there are more to come from mugilanparimalam.com.

I genuinely wish the best of the best to you my dear respected readers. If by reading this blog your life is affected even for only 1%, I believe the existence of this blog has some meaning to it.

Do share with your loved ones if you think it will provide them some value.

Till then stay tuned & stay strong!

Day After Day After Day

This is the only way you get anything worthwhile done!

Hustling.

There are no any secret ingredients.

Execution is the only path.

Don’t cheat yourself by thinking something needs to happen for you to begin.

You DO it.

Go against the crowd. Rebel.

Work hard. Hard work puts man in the space. Why can’t it change your own life on Earth?

Don’t only do it when you feel pumped & upbeat. Execute even when you don’t feel like it.

Routines can reengineer your brain. Create solid ones.

Failures are inevitable. Treat it like the traffic light on the road which turns red. Because after red comes green.

Daily execution takes tremendous effort. It is required if you want to be tremendous.

Start small. Even as small as, 5 minutes a day. Increase it when you are feeling comfortable. Quantity first. Quality will increase exponentially together with your execution frequency.

If you need to stop, please do but after renewal get back on track, fast!

If it bores you, it means you’re on track. Learn to fall in love with boredom. All athletes do.

The grind is real as much as you are.

Don’t look for the enemy elsewhere, look within.

To challenge the status quo, you must go all in!

Every single thing you plan, aim, dream, wish and must accomplish will only manifest into the real world if you DO it.

And if you plan to take this road less travelled of doing rather than talking & dreaming about it, congrats! But all you need to tattoo in your brain now is that,

To be magnificent in anything you must do it:

 

Now, Go DO!

 

Why Routines Matter?

I am big fan of repetition. Anything that happens which possess value is the direct result of focused iteration.

For an example, Michael Phelps who is an Olympic gold medal athlete became himself because he repeatedly executed his daily routines as a professional swimmer. He is ruthless in his practice as he has a pretty solid routine. His routines yielded his many Olympic medals.

Any big project or goal can be achieved by simplifying your target into daily small activities which in this case I would like to refer as routines.

If you want to complete a book, you can set a small target as simple as writing 300 words a day. This will lead to 2100 words in a week and by the end of the month you will have written approximately 8400 words. This means in about 6 months to a year you could complete your first draft of your very own novel or a non-fiction book.

So Why Does It Matter?

Setting routines in your daily life removes the need of thinking about the unwanted number of choices in your day when you run it by default. This drains your willpower.

Routines are repeated habits, a set of drill which you run day after day after day which eventually becomes automatic and effortless to perform. When this happens you have actually reached the state of a professional athlete. You might not be an athlete but if you practice your routines like one, it will bring you the results in the medium to long term.

Routines simplifies everything because you are breaking down your big goal into daily executable activities.

Everything depends on execution and routines will help you solidify it and aid you in the process of achieving your goal.