It’s apt that as I and two of my co-Tab Fabbers (www.tableoffabulousness.com) get prepared to do the ride of our lives – the 200km Sydney Ride to Conquer Cancer – that I look to cycling for inspiration in business and life.
Hhmmm – is that a mental leap or what….? Perhaps it was all those miles and miles of training; getting in the zone of pumping legs and spinning wheels that did it…
So I’m climbing on my bike; clipping my bike shoes in; but even on a flat road, the effort it takes to push off and start pedalling seems SO much harder than once you get going. Simple physics. The Law of Inertia.
Objects in Motion, Stay in Motion;
Objects at Rest, Stay at Rest.
Clearly there are many parallels in business or in life. Taking that first step is the hardest. The push off to get that initial momentum going. It could be procrastination that’s holding you back. It could be the magnitude of the perceived effort – the proverbial elephant.
It’s easy to stay put. It doesn’t involve effort on your part. But of course, not surprisingly, you end up going nowhere at best, and create (in the words of the wonderful Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M Pirsig) “stuckness”.
“…stuckness, a mental stuckness that accompanies the physical stuckness of whatever it is that you are working on…”
It’s better to get some momentum going even if it is initially in the wrong direction, because you can always change that direction as you keep moving forward. Sometimes you may not even know what direction you want to go in. But by starting, it helps to clarify and focus the mind and body, even if it results in change. Sometimes you may not have all the tools in place to start moving…but you can still push down on the pedal and get some forward motion and gather and improve the tools as you go.
Because I can tell you from personal experience. Standing on your pedals with your bike shoes clipped in while the bike is stationary only results in one thing….in my case an elbow-full of impressive metal-work as I tumbled to the ground.
So overcome the inertia or “stuckness” by putting your foot down, engaging the muscles (physical and mental), apply force with your legs in a downward motion…and move! Hey and guess what – the more you push down on the pedal, the faster you accelerate.
So I’m looking forward to putting this simple but powerful concept back into action over 200km in the next few days – one pedal push at a time. And to all of those incredible people who have already kindly donated to our epic ride, thank you so very much. It has given us and others a whole new level of momentum and drive.