Resolve to Think on Purpose – Thinking, in countless cases, is a habitual, accidental pattern of outlandish thoughts unexamined by the barely conscious, burnt out, stressed out and over-worked American. I know about accidental thinking because I suffered from it for 40 years. My habitual thinking patterns often led to unhealthy life choices. Today, I purposefully stand witness to the pathological thoughts that ping in and out of focus and acknowledge that my thoughts, accidental or purposeful, insight my actions. While physically preparing for a 1,300 mile cycling journey, the need to practice purposeful thinking and to manage negative, biased, uninformed and obnoxious perspectives became glaringly evident.
I was astonished when close friends and family, aka joy stealers, began to slowly emerge from the shadows of darkness to spew their negative and thoughtless perspectives on my decision to cycle to New York City. Questioning these ‘absurd moments of truth’ was a part of my mental endurance training and allowed me to gracefully respond, “No, I am not crazy!” I was faithful in my purpose and aware of every thought that served to strike down my dream! I balanced thoughts with the risk-reward assessment and found my truth to inspire my actions. As the first day of my bold cycling journey quickly approached, negativity from joy stealers unexpectedly pierced my fearlessness. I almost QUIT, again. Awareness rescued me from the potential fear, doubt and uncertainty take down. My life experiences and dedication to my personal spiritual awakening gifted me the awareness to stay in choice. I chose to face my fears! Question my uncertainties! Answer to my doubts! Think on purpose! This mode of thinking is my new normal; a new habit.
On the morning of day one, my body was zinging with the perfect blend of fear and anticipation for the 105 mile leg. The irresistible sentiment could have tipped to one side or the other but my morning meditation set the stage for a positive reaction to the overwhelming excitement. Awareness was centered on “THE” moment and my mental training taught me the part this plays in thinking on purpose. Cycling from Tampa to Williston on day one turned out to be picture perfect. The first 45 miles cycling with my closest friends and supporters filled me with enough positive energy to get me through the first two days with ease. The perfect conditions, mind-set and physical strength yielded me a perfect bike ride day one and day two.
As happens in life, the perfect conditions were bound to be challenged. With acceptance, I humbled my courageous blindness on day three when I began to experience the beginning stages of the real challenge, endurance. The stimulating honeymoon stage quickly shifted from a perfect setting to a not so perfect setting. In life, the question isn’t how well you handle perfect conditions but how well you handle the not so perfect conditions. The thrill of the life ride is the anticipation for what is ahead. Learning to overcome unknown challenges, obstacles and problems serve to arouse your belief in self. Fear Is Horseplay is about stepping out of your comfort zone and building your tolerance for living a fearless life. No more settling for the perfectly paved path to greatness. Step into the unknown and go for it!
Are you an accidental thinker? Check yourself! The accidental mode of thinking is more prevalent than you are aware. Awaken your observer of thoughts. Resolve to switch accidental, habitual thinking with purposeful thinking. Your thought habits are the magic potion to living your dream life, getting you through that difficult life moment, pushing you forward and the difference between choosing to be a victor or a victim. Project Fear Is Horseplay is a life moment affirming the universal truth that your thought world becomes your physical world. With belief to succeed, you will always achieve (something).
“Everything you want from your dream life is on the other side of fear”