February 11, 2011

Simply Win — One Day at a Time

Day 42: 21.0 miles/1:20

 Even the smallest of steps on the toughest of days is progress. All you need to do is succeed today and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”

I have to admit that some of the rides this week have been a little difficult.  At fifty-four I am not sure my body is designed to pound out an hour plus bike ride for forty-plus consecutive days.  I stretch, I rest, I drink plenty of water, pretty much eat right – I am still pretty tired.  Do not confuse this as complaining, I merely observing the physical load I am feeling.

These bike rides have definitely become a bit of a habit.  I plan my tomorrow with the bike ride at the top of this and work everything around it.  I remind myself of the accomplishment, fulfillment and inspiration these rides provide me on a daily basis.  My body then reminds me of the physical component of the commitment and I pause to think how nice a break could be.  After that, I head out the door and pedal away and celebrate another successful day.

Working toward anything worthwhile is going to take an extended commitment of time, physical and mental energy, and perseverance.  There are no easy roads to a challenging goal.  Accomplishment requires pushing through every day without pause.

I knew I would have these moments when I established the 100 Pedals commitment in the first place.  Getting to thirty days was too easy.  I knew I could do it.   While I was quite confident I could and will get to one hundred days, I knew that achieving that milestone would require me to push through at least one mental or physical hurdle along the way.  That is why I chose this goal.

Whether we are fighting a battle similar to my son’s addiction, or a goal to take our business to incredible success, or to lose a ton of weight, or have a better relationship with someone in our life it is all about the daily commitment to success.  There will be days where success comes easy.  There will be days where it will feel almost impossible or worthwhile to honor the commitment.  The challenge on those days is to remember – succeed today and worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

Everything that we are working on requires a consistent effort and a steady commitment every single day.  Even the smallest of steps on those tough days is progress.  Your mission as it relates to your goal and your commitment is to simply keep moving forward everyday and you will realize your vision.   That is why we need to make every day a successful day it moves us closer to where we plan on being.

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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.