Get back on your bike – a lesson in self belief

I have had this in mind to write about for a few weeks now, but have only just sat to turn my thoughts into a post.

Do you remember as a child, learning to ride a bike? I’ll bet you fell off a few times, I know I did! I kept on falling off and I kept on getting up, dusting myself off (and pulling myself out of the rose bush!) and getting back on again. I did this more times than I care to remember, but one day I suddenly found I could ride a bike!

This is an experience most of us have had in our lives and can relate to. The endless confidence and willpower of a small child is something we can learn from. There was nobody on this planet that could’ve told me I could not ride that bike. Come hell or high water I was going to ride it. I was going to ride it well and I was going to ride it FAST!

The older we get it seems we lose this confidence. Reality gets in the way, perhaps. There are so many barriers to entry in various things in life, and so many people out there just waiting to put us down, tell us we are not good enough that it is easy to lose the confidence in ourselves. If we could think back to the lesson of riding the bike I think we could learn a lot from it.

Of course there are certain unattainable things in life, we are not going to fly without assistance, for example (although I did once try… believe me it doesn’t work, and it hurts!). However, most things in life are attainable and the difference between those who make it and those who don’t is down to a number of factors, most notably skill, luck, confidence and the ability to keep trying.

When you look at the most successful people in life you will find that most of them did not succeed first time. Sir Richard Branson for example, one of the most charismatic and successful businessmen of my time did not get where he is today without a few setbacks.

When he first wanted to buy his private (Necker) island he did not have enough money for the £3M island, he tried to buy it nonetheless (for £200,000) and failed and was evicted from the island. He kept positive and eventually bought the island (with caveats) for less than he had originally tabled, £180,000 in total. The point is, he kept positive, got back on the bike and got what he wanted.

The point of this post is sometimes we do things and appear to be getting nowhere, whether it is not getting promotions in work, not making enough money, or writing blog posts that nobody reads. The lesson is always get back on the bike, keep going, believe in yourself and before you know it you will achieve what you set out to!

2 replies
  1. Lyndi
    Lyndi says:

    For many years now I have been setting goals for virtually every aspect of my life. I have found that this works well for me and it keeps me focused on that which I want to do. I do not set massive goals for myself, I try to keep them small. All these little goals together form that ‘master plan’ I have set for my life.

  2. Jim
    Jim says:

    Hi Lyndi,

    That is a great philosophy to live by, and something a lot of people could learn from. It is easy to get caught “drifting”, I know I have done it from time to time and it is good prectice to re-visit the “master plan” from time to time.

    Thanks for the comment 😀


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