April 4, 2011

A Community of Successes

Day 94: 25.7 miles/1:30

“A successful person’s greatest accomplishment is reaching back and helping someone up the mountain too.” ~ Joel Osteen

When I look at people that I view as successful in my personal experiences and in my role models, each of them have one thing in common – they were or are great teachers.  They had this passion as a component of their success that was committed to helping others be successful, as well.  As people continue to work to rediscover who they are and gain traction in this shifting world, it is important to remember our role in helping those in our “community” too.

There are many people who have discovered how to be successful through and with others.  No matter what the task, the goal, or the activity you will not be able to accomplish it without the support, guidance, encouragement or involvement of others.  You need a team to help you accomplish what you strive for.  Without this team, your goals will not be reached.

When you get there remember those that helped you accomplish and realize your achievement.  Also be mindful that these people who are supporting you have goals, ambitions, and need support, too.  As you are pushing towards your goals, be mindful of others as they are working on theirs.  While you are single-mindedly driving toward your success you are also obligated to be available to support and guide others as they search for their success.  It is this commitment to a community of accomplishment that enables all of us to work together to change and improve the world around us.

Though 100 Pedals started out as an individually oriented endeavor, I have discovered a very powerful community that is building around it.  Every day I receive an inspirational message from someone who has found energy in my story and has offered their support and encouragement.  I am grateful for these messages.  But, I am aware that there is more to this than simply receiving these messages of support.  For many of these people have a story, a journey, an experience that makes 100 Pedals resonate with them in their lives.  As I receive these messages I recognize the opportunity to support others as they work through their journey.  I can be of service and support to others just as they have supported me.  It is this community of people working together to find strength and energy in their journey that adds power to the mission and provides each of us the support necessary to push on.

Anyone can work hard, focus, drive, and realize their dreams and their goals.  It is possible to accomplish anything you set out to accomplish.  You will not do it alone.  You cannot do it alone.  And, you will not be nearly as successful as you desire if you don’t recognize your obligation and your ability to support, guide and help others along the way.   It is our participation in creating a community of successes that truly gives us the ability to celebrate our individual accomplishments.

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.