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.