One day during our drive to the city, I spotted two cyclists riding their bikes up a mountain.
First off: bravo to anyone riding or running up the mountain. Especially, while wearing air filter masks in this heat and smoke.
However, there was a lesson learned from watching these cyclists in the 5 minutes they were in our view.
Cyclist A was the first to come into our view... he was glancing over his shoulder, watching the cars pass and head going back/forth.
He seemed distracted and the crease in his brow made it seem like this mountain was quite a feat.
Looking at his handle bars sway this way and that, it looked like it was taking TWICE the effort to get up the mountain.
Then after several hundred feet, we get to Cyclist B who was laser focused... eyes straight ahead... handlebars facing forward. No unnecessary energy spent.
And these two guys showed me how when we get distracted with what’s going on around us... we end up focusing on the obstacle, spending more energy to overcome it and struggling.
Yet when we keep our eyes forward, on the goal with all our energy and attention there... we get their faster, we less work spent and with less struggle.
Try not to get distracted with what others are doing on their business (reels/LIVES/bonuses/etc), on their wellness journey, with homeschooling, etc.... by doing so, you’ll end up like Cyclist A: handle bars swaying, exerting more effort and focused on YOUR obstacle.
Instead be like Cyclist B.
Who are YOU going to be today?
Love + Gumption.