Cycling…..training…..life…..health…..relationships…..business…..mimic each other in many ways including this: leaving it up to chance or said another way, not investing some time to think about a plan for yourself, essentially saying that you will live by someone else’s plan for you.
Somehow you have convinced yourself that the pain associated with the development of a plan and perhaps not achieving the exact result you desired is worse than the potential pleasure of successfully executing your plan and getting those results, or perhaps you just don’t think you know what to do so you just don’t get started. I have found, both through my own experiences (the “good ones” and the “learning ones” – there aren’t any “bad ones”) that by simply getting started you set in motion forces that have been lying dormant inside of you, simply waiting there to help you…except you have been too busy focusing on all the perceived problems in your life that you haven’t been able to see the opportunities.
A couple of things come to mind from my own experiences (perhaps you might identify):
- “I’m not a morning person.” What does that mean exactly? Does anyone really believe that people are genetically predisposed to either getting up or not getting up early? If that’s the case what happens when one makes a drastic change in their time zone? Tell me you don’t get to bed until 2AM for whatever reason and of course (well…maybe) I understand not getting up at 4:30AM (I said maybe). Perhaps the real reason is it just isn’t important to you to get up early and jump-start your day by training (perish the thought). The truth is this: anyone can do it if they attach enough meaning to it.
- “I don’t have enough time.” I don’t know about you but when I was using that excuse and looked down at my watch it seemed to have the same 12 numbers on it as the next person’s (pre today’s super watches of course!)
- “I’ll start tomorrow”. Let me leave you with this thought. Leave 1 ounce of bodyweight extra each day for a year – one ounce. 365 ounces…23 pounds….without compounding….
Some thoughts that might inspire you to get going, especially on those days when you expected to wake up to a sunny, 60 degree day…and the temperature reading is 24 and dropping!
- Start where you start and go from there. Make a realistic assessment of your starting point, and make sure to focus on all your positive attributes and characteristics rather than waste time thinking about the three l’s – lack, loss and limitation (in other words, what you don’t have, what you thought you had and don’t any longer, or the idea that you aren’t good enough for something). Think about those positive characteristics as your base, something to build on!
- Remember your dream – create a vision for your future. Your future is created by you. Circumstances move through your life without permanence – how you perceive them and deal with them is what creates your present frame of mind and therefore your actions which lead directly to your future. Success breeds success – in sports, in business, in life – it is known as momentum…..do it right and it becomes a tidal wave! If you thought of your potential as limitless, and that is really the only way to think about it, what would you do right now? What decisions would you make? Even undecided is a decision….can you imagine sitting on a picket fence, with the choices being right or left and saying “I think I will be undecided”? More painful than the saddle on your first bike, no doubt!
- Learning more is critical! You can only make decisions and choices based on your current point of view and information you have at that moment in time. Learn more and you will develop greater perspective, leading to a deeper understanding about yourself and the world around you, which in turn will empower you to make the best possible choices in the current moment…your future is NOW!
- Always do your best. You will hear this from me as we ride together – “you are a champion when you do your best….YOUR best, not someone else’s”. Always do your best in any given set of circumstances; do that and you will begin to have confidence in your ability AND you will trust yourself to make what seem like difficult choices. Recognize that “your best” changes with different circumstances; my own example – my power output in my current classes is 60% of what it was prior to my cancer and chemo treatments. Clearly circumstances changed, for now. It isn’t permanent, and with dedicated effort improvements will come. I know that because as low as it is compared to a year ago it is still better than it was a few years ago. Be careful not to use the given set of circumstances as a crutch…always give it everything you’ve got…or don’t bother.
- Create something new. I will paraphrase my friend Mary Lynne – “don’t waste time trying to repair what doesn’t need fixing, there is nothing wrong with you.” Keep your eye on the horizon as you follow your path –an Aurora (a new beginning, a new dawn) is always being created from that point forward. You MUST accept everything that has transpired in your life to this point as something that was required to happen in order to be here and now! Some of the experiences may have been challenging (to say the least), but if I were a gambling man I would bet dollars to donuts that those experiences are the ones that have helped you grow the most.
- Celebrate and build on your success. You can feel a quiet satisfaction from your success – the celebration does not necessarily need to be loud…but it can be if you like!