Here we are, smack in the middle of gratitude season, and it seems fitting that I write a post about gratitude. The issue is, I just had a horrible day. Frankly, it has been a stressful few months. So I thought I would forgo the “I am super grateful” post and give you some idea of how my gratitude practice has survived the onslaught of personal and business stress. If you are in your Christmas sweater, humming carols and feeling overwhelming joy at the prospects of 5 weeks of holiday, maybe skip this one. But if you’re secretly dreading having to put on your “happy face” at the next 10 parties, step into my office.
Recently, a non-profit invited their tribe to the woods. The invite guaranteed the following: limited cell reception, almost no running water, no flushing toilets, complete separation from civilization, and an epic weekend of riding bicycles in the Lost Sierra. Seven hundred cyclists headed the call and were followed by a thousand volunteers and spectators. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship builds and restores multi-use trails while operating a guide service and hosting bicycle races in the interest of recreation based economic development. Our event,The Lost and Found Gravel Grinder, allows world class professionals and cycling enthusiasts to explore some of the most beautiful country on earth while discovering what lies inside of them.
Some ride, some race, and some survive. My possession of the microphone put me in the midst of the chaos. This year I learned a valuable lesson: The diversity found among the champions is what makes them amazing! I found three champions among the crowd that stood out. The finisher, the winner, and the tribe builder all had different paths to victory.
I live in the Sacramento region and May is bike month. It is marketed well and supported by all sorts of important groups. They manage to get individuals and companies fired up about cycling. So, why on earth should you care?
Most of my life I have recreated or commuted on two wheels, so my pro-bike bias runs deep. I am involved with a great non profit that uses multipurpose recreation and specifically cycling as an economic development engine for communities in the Lost Sierra. Cycling is accessible to everyone. A regular discipline of riding to work improves business in three areas: awareness, fitness, and camaraderie.
Exercise is an essential element to a properly functioning sales and marketing pro. Let’s face it, most of us are type A, high D, extrovert types that have more energy than a 4 yr old on a can of Coke (which I don’t condone, but it paints the required picture). For many years I have been a morning workout guy, meaning, if it didn’t happen first thing, it didn’t happen.
The problem is that “it happened” a lot less after kids. So, after cleaning up my old dialogue and re-structuring my morning routine, I have come to appreciate one or two good lunch workouts a week. I wanted to share with you a couple of the benefits I have discovered from mixing it up.