A Dose of Determination

As a colleague of Nan’s, I often post here when things grab my attention about today’s workplace and sometimes, life. I haven’t posted in several weeks. My non-work life has been filling my days with doctors appointments, surgery and follow-ups. All is good!

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We are almost mid-year and one of my goals is to become a frequent bike rider. Now, many of you are probably thinking what’s the big deal? The big deal is, I don’t know how, didn’t learn as a kid and have tried a couple times in my adult life (56 now) with no success. I’ve been seriously talking about it for two years! And, finally decided it was time to “just do it”, as the Nike slogan says. So, after buying a used bike and questioning seasoned riders I’ve started my version of riding, in beach alleys and during off-peak hours. I have had some pretty nasty falls and have the scrapes and the bruises to prove it. But, I am determined to ride a bike. Not just once in awhile but often. I get on that bike when I am not in the mood, not motivated, dejected and bruised. I will do this. I will succeed. These words have become my mantra.

Maybe this sounds familiar, are there things at work and non-work you’ve been talking about for awhile and you want to start doing them? It will take a good dose of determination to succeed. And, in my experience a little inspiration helps too.

Here are two of my current favorites:

In the words of the late poet, renowned author and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, “There were times when it was said that I had more determination than talent. This may be said of many. It may also be said that life loves the person who dares to live it.” I double dog dare you to do one thing you’ve been talking about doing for a long time.

And, this gem – I need this kind of determination – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A6Bu96ALOw

So this week, take another look at those 2014 goals you wrote back in January and see if you’re ready ‘to do one’. With determination and a little inspiration you will. You have six whole months. Go for it!

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