My quest began when I was sitting on the edge of my bed one evening, crying. I was 7 or 8 years old at the time.
My parents were selfless, spending their lifesavings to move to Australia, and providing us with many opportunities. But I wasn't happy.
I vividly remember the one thought resounding in my mind. "How can I be happy? How can we all be happy?"
I wanted people to feel good. To be truly happy. I wanted to write a book. I wanted to inspire, empower and enable people to be well and happy. At that time, I didn't know how I could do it. I wasn't special or gifted. But that night, at the end of my bed, the seed was planted.
Over the last 28 years, I’ve come to know what it's like to miss out on life. I’ve experienced the misery of loss, physical pain, mental stress and depressive emotions. I’ve had my fair share of injuries, like a knee injury putting me on the sidelines, and a lower back injury that made working, sitting and sleeping painful. Worst of all, taking care of and playing with my 18 month old daughter was a struggle because bending, carrying, getting off the floor and changing nappies was painful.
I have also been overwhelmed, had sleep issues, drowned myself in negativity, self doubt and self criticism, and at one point in time, lived completely in autopilot. A subconscious state of survival mode, unmotivated to do anything.
Through all that, I’ve come to know how vitally important it is to be healthy, physically. Because if my hardware (body) fails, my software (brain) isn't going to run well either.
I reminisce about my university days. I was training 22-26 hours a week, while taking on full time university (at least 32 contact hours per week), working two part time jobs and maintaining a reasonable social life without falling sick for 5 years! I think, that is definitely one of my proudest achievements!
That, and being in the Australian Badminton Team from 2002-2006, being an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and completing the Standard Chartered Marathon (42.2km) a few years ago with a respectable 3.5 hours with just 3 months of training under my belt.
Which is why, now, in 2020, I'm so happy to be me. To have begun living little Gary's dream - to make an impact and give people the courage and strategies to be well and happy. I am proud to share my life's work, which I've sifted, sorted and separated and now refined into something special I can share with you.
I'm so glad I can do this personally, with my one-on-one clients in the clinic, through face-to-face and online workshops and trainings, and also be able to reach out to everyone around the world, through my online programs, webinars and content.
I look forward to seeing you, Feel Great and Limit Less!