This blog introduces you to my special brand of BIKE. I show you how to find your Best self, access your Inner strength, tune in to your Killer instincts, and use your Expressive voice. It's inspiring, spiritual, quirky, and it's all in your head. It's about ATTITUDE, not exercise, though that might be a side benefit.

Friday, June 15, 2007

How's the "ride"?

I'm asking because my ride feels a little rough right now. The bumps in the road are keeping my focus on other things than this blog.

It's okay, though, because there's focus. Focus is good.

Keep that in mind as you run into your own bumps, or the places in your life that may at least FEEL bumpy. It's okay. They'll show up from time to time. Just remember you can ride right by them. There's smooth surface ahead.

Think about that this next week; I'll be off-line, pedaling around on a different project. But I'll be back at the end of the month.

Keep pedaling!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Testing, testing...

My mental BIKE has been tested a lot lately.

You know when you have so much to do, and there's hardly enough time, but you know you have to do the work, anyway...what do you do? How do you get started? How do you reach the finish line?

I like to follow Anne Lamott's advice from her book, Bird by Bird. I remember to do it one thing at a time, one day at a time, and if it's a report about birds, then one bird at a time. It's easier to accomplish something if you tackle it in bites rather than gulps.

So I've been tested a lot lately about prioritizing, scheduling, being able to "fit it all in." I thik we all are tested in this way at times. How do you manage this?

With my special brand of BIKE, especially the first part of it -- my Best self -- I am reminded that at the end of the day, I'll do myself a huge favor by realizing I can only get through what I can only get through.

I'm reminded of the advice also in the book, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.

Next time you're tested, do the same for yourself. Don't sweat it. Remember that we don't have all the time in the world. Pick something to do, do it, and then be grateful you accomplished that. Remember to celebrate your accomplishments and make specific plans to tackle the next item on your list.

Your Best self would be the part of you that treats you well, reminds you that you don't have in infinite amount of time, and lets you say "no" when it's necessary.

This week, starting today, remind yourself that it's okay to say "no" to the things you don't want to do or to the things you don't have time to add onto your schedule. Be clear about your schedule with others. Doing this will lead to a self-assurance that will help you save time for the things that you do want to complete. And you'll be a more joyful person.

Imagine yourself now with your hands high up in the air as you come up to that finish line. No matter how long it took you to get there, you did it.

That's what BIKE is about.

All my best,

Monday, June 4, 2007

Miss me?

Maybe you've noticed I haven't posted in a few days. I've been busy with deadlines and preparing for a BIKE presentation that I just gave on Sunday. That was two hours of telling my story and audience interaction and discussion; the program ended with me getting lots of hugs from my audience members. How empowering is that?! I was humbled and so joyful.

I left the meeting room feeling particularly proud of myself and happy that I have a message to share that can truly inspire.

It's a great illustration of the ability to turn a negative into a positive. We all have the power to do that for ourselves.

I hope you've been thinking about your BIKE -- the vehicle that will move you past whatever pain you might be going through.

I've been talking a lot about BIKE in the past few years. It's become such a part of my life. Without it, I'm not sure I'd be selling to the national magazines. I'm not sure I would be traveling as much. I'm not sure my life would seem as full.

Becoming aware, paying attention, living consciously -- all of that will occur more and more as you ride. Trusting those gut feelings helps us make better decisions that allow us to experience life in an exhuberant manner.

Wouldn't it be great if you could feel joy despite the sorrows? You can. It's the law of life, the yin and yang.

No matter what is annoying you today, or grieving you, or causing you pain, think about what also gives you joy. If you're not already doing so, start keeping a "Grateful" Journal. A friend of mine gave me such a journal when I was going through my divorce. In it, I wrote down ONLY those things for which I felt grateful. I filled the pages with grateful thoughts. If you do the same, you'll be surprised how your attitide can change after just one week of this practice.

Today, think joyful thoughts.

All my best,