Are You Pedaling Too Hard In Your Business?

Monteray CollageLast Thursday, I took a impromptu trip up to Monetary Bay area to take part in the Sea Otter (cycling) festivities. <Side note: it’s really nice to have a business structured in a way so I can do this kind of trips, and be able to pay for it!>

2 days and 80 miles later, Sparkly (my bike, and yes, I name my bikes) taught me a few things about me, life and having a life in business:

#1 If Hammering Is No Fun, Don’t Do It!

The first day out, we joined a group and the dudes were hammering it. I spent all my attention trying to keep up and to make sure I don’t run into my fellow riders and I missed out on the scenery.

I was NOT having fun! And that’s silly – because I didn’t sit in a car for 6 hours so I can torture my little ass.

At the turn around point, I decided that I would be going my own pace and enjoy the ride. Yes, it took me longer to get back (and got dropped) but I was relaxed… I was able to enjoy the beautiful view that I missed on the way out! (And I got to stop and pick a few rocks for my 4-yo’s “rock collection” – makes him happier than getting a matchbox car).

Yes, those guys got back to lunch faster… so what?

Question: where am I in my business that I am “hammering” it just so I can keep up (and look good)? In what ways have I fallen into the “me-too”/ comparison trap? Am I enjoying the scenery offered by this unique opportunity of growing my business and letting my business grow me?

#2 When You Look At Potholes, You Ride Into Them

Where your attention goes, the bicycle rolls.

I have a thing of looking at the bumps and humps on the road, thinking I gotta avoid them, then ride right into them. Nothing bad happened (I know enough to steer away from the big holes and rocks) but it makes the ride unnecessary bumpier.

Question: Am I looking at things that I don’t want in my business and trying to avoid it, or looking at where I want to go, so I can get there? What should I be focusing on to really pull me forward – not just avoiding a hump but to get where I want to go in the big picture sense?

#3 It’s the Distance, Not the Resistance – No Shame In Using a Lighter Gear (you may actually get ahead)

Riding outdoors means the terrain changes. Riding outdoors (especially by the water) means you get head wind. For these, there is a handy thing called “gears” on the bike – use it!

Here is the physics – when you use a lighter gear, you can pedal easier at a higher cadence. Since how fast you go (or how much calories you burn) is dependent on how much power you generate, and { Power =  Resistance x Cadence } – you can generate equal power if you pedal faster at a lower resistance.

At the end of the day, it is how far (or fast, if you race) you go that counts, not how much resistance you made yourself push through by riding an unnecessarily high gear.

A note here: I am not saying avoid taking off all resistance – without resistance, you don’t have traction and you go nowhere (at least on the bike). An act itself has no resistance – the resistance comes from your perception. So when you feel more resistance than “needed”, it’s a good time to ask why you are resisting.

Question: Where in my business am I putting myself through more resistance than necessary? How can I make things easier and still achieve the same results by questioning “what is” and the “should’s” (self-imposed resistance because I am lazy to challenge the conventional way of doing things)?

 

Ready to lower the resistance to your business and truly enjoy the ride? Just a couple of AHA moments from the complimentary My Biz My Way Breakthrough Session can send you off the right direction – grab your spot now.

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