So often people see us and their first reaction is ‘oh, I could never do that’. They heap praise on us for being exceptionally courageous or fit, while we become increasingly uncomfortable and wish we could get through to them that we are, in fact, very ordinary indeed.
We try to provide our own inspiration but convincing people that they are capable of living their dreams is no easy task and that’s why we were so happy to see Ten Lessons From The Road, a new book out from Alastair Humphreys, the man who originally inspired us to start riding.
Alastair’s 10 easy steps to taking the big plunge encapsulate exactly what made it possible for us to start our trip and to keep motivated over the past 2-1/2 years. If you’re seeking inspiration, here they are:
1. You want to do what?
Set yourself an outrageous goal today.
2. Just do it.
Make it harder to ignore your dream than to overcome the risks and obstacles involved.
3. Quitting is not an option. (But failure is.)
Only by going too far will you learn how far you are capable of going.
4. We walk alone.
You are the only one who controls your potential.
5. A bad day is a good day.
Earn the good times.
6. Be brutally honest with yourself.
Do you believe your own excuses?
7. What do you really want?
Does this year matter? Then use it!
8.Think like a goldfish.
Do not think about the end itself. Focus only on the next miniscule step that is needed to keep you moving on in the direction of your goal.
9. Shed a load.
Hit the Road. Get on your bike. Save the Earth. Save yourself.
10. The world is a good place.
Trust. Smile. Boldness and relentless passion will be rewarded.
13th May 2009 at 3:11 am #
Geez you two! – this just encapsulates all the reasons why I’m setting off in a month – aand answers a lot of the questions that I get fired at me. I’ll be referring a lot of my friends to this page. No 8 is so realistic. Now that I’m almost ready to set off, I’ve lost sight of the end and I’m just dealing with the imminent. France here I come and then – who knows… (I’ve ordered the book by the way)
8th June 2009 at 1:09 am #
Thanks so much for putting this up here, guys! And, Ann – GOOD LUCK!
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