March 31, 2011

You Cannot Fly Solo

Day 90: 22.0 miles/1:14

If you are going to do something bigger than yourself you will need something greater than you to accomplish it.”

Whatever our goals, we will not accomplish them alone and without help of some kind.  The bigger the mission or more significant the journey, the more we will need to rely on the support, guidance, inspiration, and accountability of others.   Our greatness is reliant on the strength of the team we surround ourselves with.

In earlier posts I have referenced the powerful influence those around us have on guiding us to success.  The experience of others, their inspirational voices, their positive influences, their ability to push us or support us are all necessary resources toward accomplishment.  The comfort that comes with knowing that we have a force of people behind us helps guide us to greater and sometimes unexpected levels of accomplishment.

The 100 Pedals journey is nearing its formal ending.  With today’s ride I am only ten rides away from my goal.  However, the rides have now created for me something that I could not have expected – the engagement, support and inspirational connection with others.  These rides have provided me a source of clarity and energy.  The daily writings have been my meditation.  And, there were times, especially on the cold, dark early January rides, where I was out there all by myself.  It was shortly after I started sharing my story and my thoughts that I realized I was connecting with others and they were connecting with me.  The words of encouragement, the compliments, the sharing of your personal stories inspired me.  I discovered that these rides weren’t about getting on the bike for another ride – they represented an opportunity for me to connect with a community of people who were working, like me, to find their way through their own journey.  Together, through our connection in 100 Pedals we are discovering how to realize incredible breakthroughs or manage a challenging or frustrating situation.  100 Pedals is a physical accomplishment that I have embarked on; but, the real success is the ability of 100 Pedals is its ability to connect and inspire each of us to accomplish something big.

Whatever your journey, your mission, or your goal, you need not go it alone.  In fact, your really cannot make it alone.  To realize accomplishments that are bigger than yourself, you will need to embrace, engage, and enjoy the resources of a community that is much bigger than you.  That is how you will realize your success and find peace in the journey.

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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.