I’ll admit it. I’m directionally challenged and a terrible gambler.
A few years ago, while cycling on a beautiful morning ride, I bet Tom “a million dollars” we were heading west. He just smiled, shrugged his shoulders, put his head down, and proceeded in the direction of which I was so sure. Suffice it to say, if I’d been rich, then I’d be a million dollars poorer today.
We ended up not only in the wrong direction but also down a winding 8% grade for over a mile. There was only one way to correct the mistake: head back up. Looking up at the twisting climb and narrow shoulder, I was certain I would not be able to do it. However, with not too many other options, Tom gave me a push from the back like a father with a 6-year-old just learning to ride, and off I charged. The effort was hard almost immediately, but I remembered our spin instructor’s mantra, “You’re stronger than you think.” And I was. Not only did I make it, but, truth is, it wasn’t nearly as tough as I thought it would be. How many times have I made that mistake in my personal and professional life? Too many to count.
In my business, I’m taking on some new challenges and having to learn some new skills to do it. I find myself saying, “I’m not that good at that” or “That will take too long to learn” or “It’s going to be too difficult to master.” In other words, the climb looks ominous, and I don’t think I can make it.
This week, join me in committing to a new inner dialogue and to remembering:
- I’m stronger than I think I am … and
- The climb is rarely as hard as I think it will be.
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving. We get stronger and more resilient.”
~ Steve Maraboli