February 1, 2011

The Power of Team

Day 32: 21.0 miles/1:08

“You cannot accomplish great things alone! Every goal or mission, even if  it appears to be an individually based project, involves a supportive, committed and focused team.

Even though 100 Pedals reflects what appears to be an individual commitment, I am not fulfilling this commitment in a vacuum.  I rely on the support, good wishes, affirmation, and encouragement of others.  This especially comes to light when I find myself dependent upon my resources to keep the 100 Pedals commitment going when traveling like I am this week.

Riding outside in the comfortable climate of Phoenix on a daily basis is easy.  And, if it happens to rain when I am in Phoenix, I have a bike on my back porch as a backup.  What do I do when I am traveling to a state like Michigan where the cold, snow and ice make riding outside impossible? Rely on my team. This is exactly what I did.  I was able to coordinate with a local gym to have a special set-up for an indoor bike that enabled me to continue the 100 Pedals journey.  It is the support and participation of others that will facilitate my success with this commitment.

 Whatever you are working on is dependent upon others, too.  Some projects, programs, and commitments are team based.  Many are driven by an individual commitment or mission.  Either way, garnering the support and enthusiasm of others is key to your success.  Even if you believe that your success is up to you, you cannot go it alone.  Find your resources, your fans, and your advisors and surround yourself with them.  They are the ones that will keep you on track and help you overcome any potential obstacles or adversity you face along the way.

Trust your team and rely on your team.  They are there for you!

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.