Brian and I love riding bikes, Carter loves riding his Lightning McQueen bike, but Natalie, not so much. In 2010 Santa brought Natalie an awesome big-girl bike and she spent (maybe) 20 minutes on it all year. To put it mildly, riding bikes hasn’t been a fun experience for all. Natalie was so afraid of wobbling and falling that she couldn’t even try to ride her bike. She would sit on it. Then it would wobble. Then she’d burst into tears and run in the house almost hysterical — and she couldn’t seem to control it.
When we rented bikes in Tahoe and did our 16-mile ride, she cried for the first 20 minutes or so begging us to return them.
But this past weekend, BOTH of my children learned to ride bikes without training wheels! It took Carter all of about 5 minutes. He wouldn’t even let us help. He was determined to do it, and to do it on his own. We are so proud of our little guy!
Natalie did more than learn to ride a two wheel bike.
She made up her mind to do it — Even though she was scared. Even though it made her uncomfortable. Even though she thought she’d fall and get hurt.
She achieved something amazing because she squashed a fear that has been negatively affecting her life for a year. She broke through a barrier that had been holding her back from fun outings with her family. She cried when she finally did it out of pure joy and happiness. She was overwhelmed with relief and pride. Heck, I cried when she finally did it.
And guess what? Neither of them fell once! The minute they felt the momentum pull them forward and the bike stopped wobbling, they both took off with the wind in their hair!
Business Works The Same Way
- At first you don’t take action because you’re scared, nervous, uncomfortable, worried … and then you decide to just do it and you take action.
- You may wobble at first, but once you start to take action, momentum builds and it seems easier. So you take more action and build up some speed and soon you stop wobbling and you’re moving forward.
- Then all you have to do is keep pedaling and you’ll keep moving forward.
- Don’t worry about the curbs, you’ll barley feel the bump if you’re going fast enough. Don’t worry about the hills, just learn to look ahead and see them coming, then get ready and ramp up your speed to get over the hill. Don’t worry about valleys either — just don’t coast down them because it’s easy — Pedal on your way down to gain even more speed and you’ll come out of it faster.
What do you think … does business work like that work you sometimes?