Friday, April 6, 2007

Life’s Like a Spinning Class (part two)

I never thought a Spinning class could teach me so much.

Here I was, finally on the bike and on my way to…
A total meltdown??

What drama! -- starring yours truly.

I was having a terrible mental conversation. And all because:

- I was afraid of feeling vulnerable;
- Afraid of failure;
- Afraid of not having the stamina to go the whole hour;
- Afraid of feeling ridiculous;
- Afraid I would have to quit;
- Afraid of injury;
- Afraid discouragement would keep me from going back… afraid, afraid, afraid!!

Fear -- It is the root of all evil!

We see the same thing happening in our business, career, with relationships, personal and family matters.

Fear is almost always the reason we get stuck. Why we limit ourselves.

And it is why we don’t attract wealth and prosperity!
Why we don't soar!

We fear the unknown.
But the mystery of the road ahead can only be revealed as we travel it.

We overcome challenges when we face them.
Success happens when we do -- and persevere.
Even while experiencing the fear.

Quitting, is never an option!

I was bruised and soar after the class. I limped, literally, for four days afterwards. But guess what? -- I bragged to my friends about it for days!
And, I took away a very valuable lesson:

- I can do anything I put my “right mind” to;
- I can prepare myself better by having the right gear, posture and attitude;
- Planning is not necessary sometimes (this one was mammoth!);
- It is okay to feel vulnerable;
- Ask for help even when feeling vulnerable;
- Never listen to the skeptics;
- I will experience a breakthrough if I stick to it long enough;
- Keeping my mental conversations in check is crucial to my success;
- Let myself go so I can enjoy the moment.

The journey is always better if we enjoy what we're doing.
When we are bold about our decisions. When we try new things.
And wealth and prosperity will come naturally as part of the process.

Life can definitely be like a spinning class… or not!

Who would know more about it than Lance Armstrong who said... “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”


surjit said...

A down to earth post.Your message is clear...the show must go on...Thanks for a good write up.Expect to read more from your pen.Best wishes.

Sandra Alvarado said...

Thanks Surjit for your kind words.

Favorite Quotes

  • "...the man whose sole object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrfices before he can accomplish his object..." - from "As A Man Thinketh" by James Allen
  • "Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows." - Proverbs 13:11 NLT
  • "The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil." Thomas A. Edison
  • "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas A. Edison
  • "Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing." - Thomas A. Edison
  • "I shall seize Fate by the throat; it shall certainly not bend and crush me completely." - Ludwig van Beethoven, July 1801
  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." - The USA Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
  • "Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "...the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world." - 1 John 4:4 NLT
  • "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
  • "What you are comes to you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson