March 14, 2011

Just Go For It!

Day 73: 22.7 miles/1:22

 ”Just go for it!”

Later on today I am giving an inspirational talk to a business team.  The requested theme for my consideration was “just go for it!”  Being the kind of person who usually takes risk and takes action easily, this kind of theme is right down my alley.  Just because jumping into action is easy for me does not mean it is that simple for others.  As I was going through my mental gyrations for today’s talk, I thought I would share some of the more significant components with those who likely won’t be there – you.

As I have shared many times regarding the 100 Pedals journey was the significance of the commitment.  Actually, successfully accomplishing your goal requires more than simply a commitment.  What any mission or goal requires is essentially five components: an objective, a vision, a purpose, engagement, and commitment.  When you organize your mission around these fundamental steps, the only other piece that makes it all work is what I wrote about yesterday – making a habit out of working on it.

When I discover what I learned about Brandon’s addiction or, addictions in general, is a simple commitment is not enough.  There is no doubt that Brandon has some level of commitment to his recovery.  However, he is not necessarily in control of all the aspects necessary to stay in recovery.  The work he does on a daily basis with and through others provides him guidance and strength to manage that road.  However, he does not yet have the strength to merely manage it on his own.   Even though he has physical and chemical aspects of his addiction that he needs to manage, his recovery is more dependent upon on the use of all aspects of the perspective of the mission.   Until Brandon can apply the five fundamentals of a goal to his mission he will always struggle with his addiction.

I didn’t clearly understand or see this until I started viewing my “just go for it” mindset in contrast to Brandon’s perspective — struggling to gain the confidence to even think about the possibilities and promise in his life.  I am just starting to realize the events of the past few years have launched more people into perspectives that lack promise, opportunity, and clarity.  These people, like Brandon, are simply trying to get their feet underneath them, find stability, and gain a little confidence before they tackle the “go for it” mentality.  Until they do that, telling them do simply go for it it, is not going to mean much.

With this in mind, let me offer this message to every one today:

The opportunity to succeed is based upon the strength of your desires to change the outcomes you are currently experiencing.  Like any person doing something for the first time, you may not be in shape to demonstrate much strength at all.  However, putting forth whatever energy you have to taking action toward your desired outcomes will enable you to move forward.  You cannot fail and, at first, you may not even feel successful.  But, no one, not even you, can deny the fact that you clearly took action to make a change.  Do that every day and you will get stronger, you will get better at it, and you will discover you are starting to become successful at it!  It is the constency or your effort and your commitment to that effort that will enable you to move forward with success.

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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.