I’m actually in the middle of writing a blog on strategy but the other day I was reminded of a very important imperative so I’ve put that blog on the back burner for the time being (I’m sure I’ll get back to it shortly because although the word strategy can get confusing, it represents something very important).
The imperative I was reminded of — “Ride your own ride”
If you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle you’ve probably heard this imperative because when you’re on a motorcycle you’re also keenly aware that the opportunity for a do over is rare. Although open to interpretation, the core meaning is to ride to your current ability and not get influenced by those around you — it’s advisable, unless you are ready, not to lean heavily into a turn going 100km/hr just because the rider ahead of you did it.
When you are on a motorcycle this imperative is very much a literal mantra — I was on my new bicycle when it came to mind so I suppose it may also have some figurative utility. My new bicycle is very different from my old bicycle, so not only am I dealing with getting my cycling legs back in order, I’m also dealing with a new riding position, different gears, different gear ratios, and larger tires. It is a completely different riding experience compared to what I’m used to and it had me lagging far behind the others.
As frustration was beginning to set in I found that little voice offering up some advice… “Ride your own ride”. And because a little wisdom has finally starting to settle in I listened.
I forgot about the people around me, started enjoying my ride, focused on what I needed to do to improve, and slowly, day by day, found myself improving — all simply because I finally recognized it was my ride and not anyone else’s. I should also mention I’m not lagging so far behind anymore. Sure this is a fine two-wheel reminder, but I would suggest it’s also a nice reminder for anything you do; particularly when you want to stay focused on your goals.
Because the moment you make it someone else’s ride, you will never meet the goals you’ve set out for yourself.
I guess I should get back to that strategy blog,