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Boiling Everything Down into One Simple Idea – From Cycling to Recovery to Life

When I first got into cycling, I finally found a fitness activity that was portable, fun, repeatable, and something I could enjoy on a daily basis.  My very first ride I was pushing for everything I had.  It was a short ride, too – only four miles, but I gave it everything I had.  After a day or two off, I went out and did it again.  And again.  And again.  New bikes, better clothes, lighter gear…  Every day I could I gave it everything I had, and before long I was fast.  Not mediocre fast.  I was fast.  It took the better part of three years, but I didn’t give up.  I kept going out there and pushing it every chance I got.  Today, I’ve built cycling into a fitness hobby that truly makes me happy – I feel lucky to be me.

I did the same thing with recovery.  I showed up every day, ready to learn and wanting more, and better.  When I decided I didn’t want the pain anymore, I went to any length to get sober.

My career followed the same principle.  I just showed up and gave it everything I had on a daily basis.  I didn’t call in sick because I had a bad day (or worse, because I was expecting one).  I showed up, every day, and did my job.

The idea, the pattern, is simple; If I want to succeed, I have to do today.

Pie in the sky dreams are useless if I don’t do today.  Doing today makes the big dreams come true – that, and a little bit of luck, but it’s 99% showing up and 1% luck.

Just a thought.

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