On April 16, 2016 around 1:30 pm CST I conquered the unconquerable (the unconquerable being a super hard task)! What a feeling! Let me start by saying by no means do I intend to boast about my accomplishments, as this is only a testament to how truly thankful I am. With that being said, I hold pride in this extremely dope experience in my life. On April 16, 2016 around 1:30 pm CST after 6 hours and nearly 70 miles I realized not only the power in perseverance, but the power in the practice of good habits. Let’s start from the beginning...
Going into 2016 I set my “new year, new me” goals similar to what I have done many times in the past. Only this year was different. In December 2015 I made a more than conscious effort to set real and actionable goals for my future. I’m talking next level like MJ versus Magic and the Lakers in ‘91; next level like SuperSteph in 2015 taking it up a few notches to Super Saiyan 3 in 2016...for the less seasoned readers. All jokes aside, the major difference between my 2016 aspirations and those from previous years was my intentional desire to create purposeful goals. Among the more cliché items on the list such as hitting the gym and cutting fast foods, excluding Chick Fil A of course, I specifically sought out the opportunity to compete in the BP MS 150. Now for those who are unaware, this is a two-day fundraising bike ride for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) from Houston to Austin. As I am passionate about giving back and sought a return to my physically prominent days, this event allowed me to flourish at the intersection of the two.
For three months, I worked towards this goal, initially doubtful of my abilities, as I had not been this physically active since my high school days as a three sport athlete. (Yes I slacked during college living under the ideology of more alcohol and less reps). However, I soon discovered that consistency conquers doubt. That is to say that I became so used to cycling for hours, eating correctly, and working out effectively that the fear of not being able to sustain 150 miles on rugged terrain became less of a “how” and more of a “let’s get it”. Missing zero weeks leading up to the ride, I spent countless hours on the bike preparing my legs for this mission; in each moment becoming more and more confident in my abilities. At the peak of my training, my regiment involved hitting the bike in the gym every other day of the week for no less than an hour; each weekend riding no less than 20-30 miles. If I missed a weekend I doubled up my workouts during the week. As I began to conquer my doubt, I slowly lost the fear of failure. Less doubt = less fear. My newly established great habits fueled the confidence in my faith and the fear consequently turned into excitement as I anticipated the ride.
Finally, the weekend arrived, feeling as prepared as I could be, I quickly cruised past the start line. Cycling through the hill country of Texas I watched as hundreds of people passed me by as I maintained an average pace. As a competitor, this made me feel horrible and I slowly began to speed up. Then I had my ‘aha moment’ as I approached hill 5. This was the moment I put everything into perspective and conquered the unconquerable. See on April 16, 2016 around 1:30 pm CST I had not physically crossed the finish line yet, but mentally I had completed the race. In my enlightenment, I realized that we all are on this journey called life moving at a pace of our own. Some move faster than others and some slower, but the important thing is to ride your race as opposed to feeling obligated to take on the pace of others. In this moment I conquered defeat because I had no doubt that my preparation prepared me to finish this ride fearlessly and confidently at my own pace and all I had to do was keep going! See you can never make it to the finish line if you quit before the race is over. Eventually 3 hours later and a couple pickle juice shots in I would finish my race and feel even more honored to have been greeted by family (Thanks Deesh and Cymone).
I share this story with the desire of proving that through consistent preparation we are able to conquer doubt, through persistent action towards conquering doubt we are able to conquer fear and through the maintenance of personal pace we are able to stay encouraged in our abilities. Once we conquer these things, we are well equipped to maintain the course and conquer the unconquerable! So if you pick up anything at all from this story please remember that you can do anything you put your mind to, as long as you Never Give Up - Persevere.
Peace, Blessings and Positivity - Dev
1. Make consistency habitual. Remember it is important to consistently maintain positive habits. Repeating these actions all the time will add value to your ability to endure. There should be a conscious effort to focus on healthy actions in your life. Eating healthy is an example of how you might apply this advice. A healthy life is key to being able to persevere in times of pressure.
2. Create a vision board When you are driven by a vision it makes it easier to remain steadfast in your journey. Having something to works towards is essential.
3. Believe that you will do it - It is important to keep the faith as discussed in the previous gift. If you believe you can, you won’t fail. You might experience setbacks, but if you stay focused on your goal, it is inevitable that you will eventually achieve it. Remain patient. Just because things don’t work out on your timeline, does not mean that they won’t work out. Continue to believe in yourself and work towards your goal and you will have no reason to doubt yourself.
4. Read! There have been a number of people who have recorded their experiences with persevering. If you are serious about your desire to keep going you will open a book and learn from those who have done it in the past.
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