February 9, 2011

Dealing With the Wind in Your Face

Day 40: 21.0 miles/1:20

 “Every day I accomplish something related to my goal, brings me that much closer to the success I envision for myself.”

 Today’s ride was less about 100 Pedals as it relates to my son and more about how difficult it was for me to get moving to fulfill the commitment.

We all have those days.  I had a bad night’s sleep, woke up later than I should have, had limited time in my schedule for a bike ride (my commitment), my body and mind were both tired, and I had to complete this ride in a bit of a testy wind.  These are the days where there isn’t really enough motivation for me to head out the door and do what I need to do.  Fortunately that is where the power of the commitment takes over.

Today was about making the right choice.  Arguably, I could have blamed any one of the above issues as a reason for not moving forward toward my goal.  However, the goal itself is so important that I only had one real option—I had to ride.  For this ride, like every ride, provides clarity and purpose toward a much larger opportunity – the power of accomplishing my goal.  It is on the days when we struggle the most is the day that we need to make certain we accomplish what we expect of ourselves.  Every day we celebrate those accomplishments is another step closer to the goal we have established for ourselves.

Now I am back in my office.  I am little cold, a little tired, and a little sore.  It was not an easy ride today.  However, I am also celebrating.  I am celebrating successful completion of Day 40 of the 100 Pedals commitment.  I am one day closer. I am one day stronger.  And, I am one day better for pushing myself.

Next time you hit a bump or a slump or you feel the wind in your face, remember every day that you accomplish something relating to your goal brings you another day closer to celebrating the success you envision for yourself.  Push through it.  It will be most rewarding when you do!

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.