How do we become superhumans?

How do we reach a state where we act at our maximum potential, and deliver peak performance? As an athlete and entrepreneur, this question has been on my mind for a while now. Being in an environment designed for consumption wherein we’re constantly fed information and data, I feel sometimes we need a reminder to shift our focus back to us, and not the world. We become so conditioned to focus on the external circumstances, that we forget that it is our inner engineering that is going to help us improve and survive in our environments. Also, as our surroundings are becoming more intelligent and smarter, I want to address the question of how do we improve and upgrade ourselves as humans.

If improvement in technology is happening 2x every passing year (Moore’s law), in a decade my generation is going to feel about our future technology as my parents’ and grandparents’ feel about Facebook, Iphones, Whatsapp and the idea of technology, in general. Again, can we afford to be ignorant of the fact that we often do not act to the best of our abilities, that there is room for improvement, and that our peak state is not yet unlocked. Why do we become so complacent and settle for what’s available? Why do we let security and comfort distract us from the bigger picture? Why do we not throw moonshots and challenge the societal and psychological limitations imposed on us?

It’s a shame that many people are shut down to the idea that there is a world bigger than the one that they create for themselves. They get so lost in the daily monotonous routines, that they live for the weekend, a vacation or anything that promises a sweet escape from their routinized and reactive lives. Having adopted a more proactive role in my own life, and opening myself up to this debate of personal development, I realize that there is so much scope for improvement and betterment, internally. I lose interest in conversations that aren’t about ideas, passions, progress, development and building lives, societies, economies.

A commitment to excellence, performance and self-enhancement is what we need to inculcate in the young minds from an early age. As a society, we teach subjects at school, but we miss discussing and encouraging them to think about the essence of a meaningful life. If we keep ourselves out of the debate of reaching our highest potential, we are ultimately not experiencing life in its true magnificence. Often people will restrict a certain person to one particular role, but I want to ask that why can’t we make more polymaths? Why can’t we become ‘super-capable’ and outdo our own personal bests, like we do in races or events. Imagine, a world of people, striving to become the best that they can possibly be..imagine a world of superhumans. 

In all the noise, let’s not lose our own. We think a lot about how others perceive us, and seldom about how we see our own-selves. Are we trying our best, are we trying to make the most of our lives, are we trying to reach our maximum potential? I’m curious to know what my life would look like everyday if I were doing the best I can. I’m working towards achieving my peak state, are you?

What trying to be in peak state means to me: I’m constantly trying to discover the new, beat my own personal bests, challenge what I know to be limitations, physically and mentally and develop newer passions. I hate the idea of confinement, I do not wish to be associated with one particular role, when I know that in an entire lifetime, there’s so much to see, do and achieve. The more I try to experience life, the more I fall in love with experiences I hadn’t had before. I want to keep meeting new people, while I try to be the source of joy and happiness for the ones around me. I want to keep teaching the next generation, and help them see the world through eyes full of hope and unrestricted potential. And most importantly, I want to be known to have lived as a superhuman for my time on this planet.

P.S: This ‘peak human state’ is totally scalable and has tremendous potential for growth. Through research, I will try to come up with a blueprint on how to access the highest and best versions of ourselves. Stay tuned!

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Year 22: Annual reflection post

Starting out, I made a decision to transform myself and the year of ‘me’ has been the best year of my life so far, and it’s only going to get better from here. I am committed to getting better each day, as cliched as that might sound. However, those who do it, know the feeling you get every day upon waking up, when you know that it’s a fresh start, and the day has to be made grand. While there are ups and downs, the determination and fearlessness make it seem like progress regardless of how the day goes. When you’re driven to do better, live better, feel better, everything you do, every person you meet, every thought changes, and you experience abundance for being true to yourself.

Once the mind set itself I realised, that I wasn’t competing with anyone anymore, rather, creating my own segment. Most people work because they want to prove something to someone, for me, that person is myself. It’s been a roller coaster of a year but I’ve had me throughout, and I’ll always have me. When you shift from being emotionally dependent to independent, you realise that it is ultimately your own wellness that transcends into all relationships in your life. So, I choose to be happy, so I can make all the people in my life, happy! I do believe that most people come not to stay but to teach you something in life, so all the ones who’ve left me, have left me with a valuable lesson that adds to my life, for that I’m thankful.

I seriously set out this year with the mission to improve the quality of my life. For that, I decided to start meditating and while I had done it off and on as a runner and athlete off and on, doing it on a daily basis has affected me very, very deeply. I’m calmer, much more proactive, creative and am able to observe and monitor my thoughts. They say life is what you think of it, and for me, my life is love, growth and abundance.

I must acknowledge how blessed I feel for I’ve traveled the world and back. Most people cannot envision a better way of life, for they’ve never stepped out of their homes. Through my travels and my books, my mind has expanded my imagination and filled up with gratitude. If one is seriously considering personal development, the combination of meditation, traveling and books is what I would recommend, undoubtedly.

Always been a thinker and never one to share much, however, I tested vulnerability this year and shared some unspeakable truths about my life with certain people I only met this year. It has improved not incrementally but at least 10x the quality of relationships in my life. And while everyone I chose might’ve not been the right person to confide in, I’m glad I did it, for it was a personal growth experiment and it was important to me.

After a lot of soul searching and working on it, I’ve finally found the meaning I wish to give to Aqaya. It is my first venture and my baby, but it is not a real word and has no definition. I’ve decided what it will mean from here on, and it is ‘eudaimonia’, human flourishing i.e. prosperity through empowerment. One of my entrepreneur friends made me realise that how in every society there are people who fight for the next generation. Who work towards making the world better for the coming generation, and are responsible for continuation of human progress and evolution. I want to be one of those people who fight for change, of thought, especially. The logo of Aqaya has double infinity in it, and now I want it to mean continuation of progress and flourishing.

While this year, I worked with several start-ups, now I feel like Aqaya is ready for its next big steps. I felt it was important for me to experiment with various things so as to define what I wanted to spend my next few years building. On purpose, I chose to work a lot with the underprivileged , travel, run half marathons, teach Zumba, move to another city, meet new people, work on several start-ups and a lot of new experiences just so I could arrive at what mission Aqaya should be aligned to.

May this coming year, help me take the warming up of this year to another level, and bring life to what is already a reality in my head. Speaking of reality, I wrote a particular sentence after something had a profound effect on me,”My reality was painful so I created a different one.” You see, as devastated as you might be, or how much you might’ve suffered previously, is no reason to still let it affect your future going forward. You can claim your life, if you stop playing victim, and take charge of your thoughts, your vision and your ambition.

After all, “where there’s life there’s hope.” (Steven Hawking)

The beginning: 21 and a lifestyle entrepreneur

I graduated this July (2013) with a degree in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick. People always used to tell me to make the most of it, because Uni years were going to be the best years of my life. I did have the most incredible time in England, but I refuse to settle for the belief that the best years are gone! How can I live life knowing I’m never going to feel the same way (or better) again?

Through this blog, I want to reach out to all students and graduates, to make them see life’s million possibilities and opportunities. I personally could never sign up for a 9-5 corporate job (apart from the internships I did), and have always wished to find freedom and mobility even with work. I refuse to accept that I need to be stuck in a cubicle for the next 20 years of my life, to head a company I might not even be passionate about, and enjoy the perks that are supposed to compensate for the dark circles, stress and frustration from working 80+ hours a week.

My relatives do not understand this concept, neither do most of my friends. It’s the concept of becoming a lifestyle entrepreneur– where I get to experience the different life experiences that the world has to offer, improve my overall productivity and live a meaningful life. I’ve read many, many books on personal development, and the world seems to be preaching the phrase ‘follow your passion’, but I feel that passion is something that can be built/felt over time after continually doing something you love. Now, there are so many things you could fall in love with in life, which you won’t know about until you experience them! I think our 20s are to explore life, introduce ourselves to the things we love, so that we can spend the rest of our lives being sure that we didn’t settle AND we chose to live the life we love.

But I do not have any legit work experience….as people would say. I’m going to contradict that, by sharing my journey, while I establish an online business to earn the money that I need to create a life full of adrenaline, adventure and traveling. I must admit though, that chasing money or possessions has never been one of my goals- I value relationships, excitement and discipline.

So in short, I’m 21, curious about life, and this is the blog where I will share my journey towards financial freedom and mobility.