Mastery and The Chase for Perfection

At Transitions Chiropractic I’m blessed to be inspired each and every day by the amazing people I get to meet. Many of whom are looking for ways to get more from their bodies and their lives. This enables them to continue to live life at it’s fullest. Over the past few weeks I have been privileged enough to have met some truly inspirational people. Two women who did incredibly well competing in their first ever Ironman Triathlon, another couple lucky enough to have a horse race in the Million Dollar Everest Horse Race, another looking for a massive personal best at the Melbourne Marathon, one who smashed his first 210Km Around The Bay Ride in Melbourne and another beautiful lady hoping to be able to sweep the floors, hang up the washing and even do the grocery shopping a little easier.  In each example, these amazing individuals had to show some incredible discipline, commitment and training. They had to show belief to truly live their life without limits and work towards gaining their chosen mastery.

Being inspired by some of their amazing feats, I am tackling my own beast this coming weekend. I’m competing in the 255km Fitz’s Challenge bike ride through the Brindabella Ranges in Canberra with over 5000m of climbing….. Even for me this is really daunting and it’s going to be a long day in the saddle. The question here I feel is the same for me as it is for everyone mentioned above:

What key steps can I do every day to gain mastery??

A) Distractions: being in the moment is absolutely critical. As famous NFL coach Nick Saban says, “be where your feet are.” If you say you are going to do it, then stand by your decision. Otherwise, it is like the boy who cries wolf- no one believed him in the end and it cost his shepherds precious flock.

B) Illusions are when we get stuck thinking that one great result will make everything perfect. Thankfully that is not the case and getting anywhere is best achieved with a whole bunch of deliberate forward steps. The illusion myth is also shattering if you had a single set back or bad training session. Be disciplined in sticking to the overall goal. Don’t get lost in the illusion of grandeur or disappointment along the way.

C) Constant comparison is another huge problem in this Instagram, Facebook and Social Sharing world. It is very easy to look at what someone else is doing and think that they have it perfect. Be disciplined enough to stick to your guns. Your decisions are essential as you are always your best own experiment where N = 1. It’s impossible to get anywhere if you are constantly changing your training and looking for the next instant improvement. As I heard only recently, “if you think the grass is always greener, perhaps you should try watering your own grass…..”

“I LOVE to train and I ENJOY it.”

Mastery is there and it is within all of you. I hope that if we can unlock your potential, we can help you on the path of your next mountain…