Do you remember when you were a little kid, riding your bike all over town? I sure do.
I remember when my bicycle was my key to freedom. I used it to escape the constant hostage of Saturday chores. In fact, sometimes I finished my homework before the sun went down I would sometimes just ride around until I couldn’t see the street anymore because of how dark it was.
I’m not sure if it was a consequence or if it was in spite of it, but I was bitten by the bicycling bug. There was a time in my life just a mere 10 years ago, that I wondered if I could make a living just riding my bike.
The funny thing is, that it took until I was in my very early 20’s that I realized how to break the age-old psychological trap that we’ve all experienced: where the bike pulls us off the curb even though we’re fighting with all of our might to stay up.
Perhaps I’m not explaining it very well, imagine riding down the sidewalk on your bicycle and inching closer and closer to the drop-off of the curb. You’re riding parallel to that 3 inch drop off and inching closer and closer to it. About the time your tire crosses the line that positions you within 4 inches or so to the edge, the curb becomes very magnetic––dare I say as if it was a black hole sucking you off and into the asphalt. You remember how funny you looked as you fought to keep your bike upright. But invariably, you end up either crashing, almost crashing, or just looking silly but no matter what; you came off of the curb.
It wasn’t your fault.
In fact, even when I was beginning racing mountain bikes through the deserts of Arizona I was plagued with this terrible psychological pummeling when I tried to right along the curb.
Would you like to learn the secret?
I’ll share it with you, but you have to promise that you won’t laugh when you hear how simple it is.
It’s sometimes simplicity that makes us shrug off some of the most valuable pieces of information we’re ever given.
So: with that understanding I now share with you how to ride a bike along the curb without falling off.
Look where you want to go. Do not become distracted by staring at where you do not want to go.
See, I told you it was simple.
Go try it, get on your bike fix your vision exactly on the path you want to ride along. And you will be astonished. It’s that simple.
So what’s the meaning of me telling you this? It’s the irony that this is exactly how we as business owners can be. If we stare full of fear at all of the terrible things that could happen to us, and allow our minds to be filled and clouded with all those fears and worries, we will find that our focus is exactly where we don’t want it to be. That misguided focus will act as a tractor beam pulling us into exactly what it is we are trying to stay away from.
Do you believe that?
Do you spend your time focusing on what you want your business to become, who you want to become, or moving towards the goals you’ve set for yourself? Or do you just have some abstract idea of what you’re trying to stay away from and spend your entire day trying to keep that from happening?
is there a spiritual void in your life, because you are spending all of your energy on material wealth? It won’t go with you. Focus on being a blessing to others, and you become indispensable– by definition! Take some time to find out what God’s plan is for you, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your day to day life…
Kind of interesting isn’t it? I can’t say I’m perfect, but I’ve learned to ride along the curb with about 90% success ;)
Did this resonate with you? Share your comments below, what are the things that you are avoiding and what are the things you’re focused on?