The Bike Ride!

Some of you might ask, what the heck does a bike ride have to do with my job search or career transition? My answer is absolutely EVERYTHING!

Here’s the story – I was riding my bike around the city that I live in here in San Diego, and because I live in the hills, what goes down, must come up. In other words, if you ride down the hill, you have to ride back up (this applies to our economy as well; what goes down, will go up – it’s basic physics).

I did this particular trip to help manage some of the anxiety I was beginning to experience, which in my perspective is just energy that needs to be channeled, which ALWAYS works.

I believe that anxiety or stress is just bottled energy that needs redirecting and one way to redirect this energy is to change your physiology, do something that channels the stress (energy). This will help you to regain control of your mental state. Many of you who exercise regularly already know this to be true. For those of who don’t– have you ever seen a depressed athlete???

Back to the story. I was riding up the hill(s) to get back home after a nice 15-mile ride and noticed that whenever I focused on how big the hill was, my stamina would be challenged, I would feel like I didn’t have enough energy. It didn’t take long to realize that if I looked to far into the future (getting up that big, long hill), I would overwhelm my brain.

When I only focused on the road below my front tire and nothing else, I had enough stamina to make it as far as I needed….

Hmmm – do you see why the bike ride is so applicable to our journey in life and in your job search or career transition?

I hope so.

Ron Nash
Founder
Dream Job University.com
“Changing The Paradigm for Job Seekers”

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6 Responses to The Bike Ride!

  1. Michael Anderson says:

    Ron,

    Thank you for this…! I’m an avid bike rider myself and can relate directly to many of the observations you make here. I’ve learned over the years that the key to getting through any situation is to re-frame it in a way that makes it manageable for you, or to look at it from another vantage point in order to discover a pathway that may not have been visible previously. Your essay here has reminded me of that and has helped me to “re-frame” my view by relating to your method hill climbing, or “not looking too far ahead” that the task at hand seems daunting.

    There are two things in that statement that resonated with me. First being that I too recently discovered when climbing hills, that if I focus on a spot on the ground about five feet in front of my tire, then concentrate on my cadence, that I climb hills much more efficiently, with plenty of enegy, and without feeling drained. The second thing that came to me is a lesson I thought I’d learned a long time ago, which I needed to be reminded of… and that is, if one looks too far into the future, you might overlook the opportunities that are right in front of you.

    For those of us that are dealing directly with the ill effects of our current economic climate, the present outlook can appear like an insurmountable hill. I believe that there are opportunities in everything we’re confronted with in life, but sometimes we need to re-frame our view of a situation in order to see them more clearly.

    So… thanks fortaking the time to write this, it’s helped for me to think about my personal situation in another way and has reminded me to focus on the task at hand and not allow myself to become overwhelmed by the daunting nature of it all.

  2. As so many wise people have discovered, when one stays in the moment, nothing is overwhelming. And, what a fine story to illustrate the principle. And, everyone who is unemployed needs to channel their anxiety with some sort of physical exercise.

  3. One of my favorite quotes by Samuel Clemens:

    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

  4. I’m all about sharing secrets! 🙂 Thanks.

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