I was asked by my friend John Zeydel to join him on a 100-mile bicycle ride this past Sunday. Actually, let’s be honest from the get-go. He told me that he was going to do a 100-mile bicycle ride and I said that I wanted to come along. He obliged and I began preparations for this task about a week before. I have known John for only a matter of months and we had been on one bicycle ride together previously, which totaled about 20 miles. We met Sunday at 8am in Seneca park, armed with our bikes, waters, nutrition bars, pucks and gels and set out. At the end of the day, John made it a total of 110 miles. I made it 50 miles. This isn’t a post about everyone smashing their goals. But keep reading.
John has been training for quite a long while. He’s in superb shape. Really, he’s an inspiration for me in many ways. I’m new on my fitness journey, a year or so into being healthy and only several months into riding a bicycle consistently. But John and I share (at least) one thing in common- we both think that anything is possible. It’s a premise that we want to impart on people and it is a driving force behind this blog in general.
You see, limitations on what any person can do are created in the mind and in the mind only. People often come up with every reason under the sun as to why they can’t start their own business, or get in shape, or spend more time with their family or whatever. But you know what? All of these reasons, all of these excuses, are creations of the mind to stop you from achieving your goals. They’re not real. Have you ever listened to young children tell how they’re going to become superman, or change the world, or build incredible things? There is no doubt in their mind that they can do it. But what happens, unfortunately, is that these children are impacted by adults that see things as the way they are- bound by every perceived outside limitation. And once this wisdom is imparted on them, their dreams go away, replaced by practical things like getting a job and making money to survive.
THIS IS NON-SENSE.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between someone like Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerburg or Steve Jobs or Richard Branson and YOU? It’s really quite simple- they didn’t listen to the outside world that told them that what they wanted to do wasn’t possible. It’s not that they’re crazy, it’s just that they see the fact that the only real obstacles to anything are in your head. They see obstacles as challenges. This is not saying that it’s easy, because it’s not, but it’s possible.
This doesn’t mean that the grandiose, over the top idea you have is going to be a success. There is still a huge amount of preparation that must go into anything. You still must do the work to make your dream happen. But literally ANYTHING is possible. And people will only tell you that it is impossible because they haven’t done it. So don’t listen to them.
People change the world because they don’t believe what the world tells them. They keep going despite the common belief that what they want can’t be done. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have an iPhone, Tesla wouldn’t have cars that drive themselves and we wouldn’t be able to read this blog on a computer. Anything is possible.
Now here is the flip side. When you believe that anything is possible and you actually try, you have to be ready for your idea or business or whatever to not work. And you know what? That’s OK. Because if you’re living in this mindset, you haven’t failed. You’ve just found one way that what you want doesn’t work. And that is progress. I didn’t fail at my 100-mile bicycle ride. I doubled my previous best of 25 miles and I rode 50 miles. I now know that it’s possible to go farther. And next time, I’ll go 75. Because it’s not about the end, it’s about the journey.
I’ll repeat that. It’s not about the end goal. It’s about the journey. Embrace the process. Whatever it is.