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So I learned how to ride a bike this weekend

Discussion in 'General Mindset, Motivation, Beliefs' started by ZCP, Mar 25, 2019.

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    I'm not young. Not in grade school. This weekend, I rode a bike for the first time.

    Growing up, I lived on a gravel road in the country with no one to go see. By the time another kid moved into the area and the road got paved, I had a go-cart. It was faster and more fun. In this, I never learned how to ride a bike.

    For the last 35 years, I thought I had to have training wheels to learn how to ride a bike. That is how I had seen it done. That was what I thought was the way. Several times, I had looked for 'adult size' training wheels. Each time I didn't really like the design. Mostly I was just afraid.

    So last month, I was in Phoenix meeting up with some fastlaners ....... we were standing in the front yard of one of their houses looking at some fancy cars, when some kids went by on bikes. One of them was a smaller bike with no pedals. 'What the hell is that?', I asked. One of the fastlaners there just happens to own a bike company. 'That is how kids learn now. No training wheels. Just balance and go. They learn much faster'.

    Wow. Light bulb.

    'So I just grab an adult bike and lower the seat and walk?'. 'Yep.'

    Soon after I got back, I relayed the story to one of my admins. She brought in two old beach cruisers for me. I picked them up from the office a week ago Saturday and got to work. Ride down to the park on my big yellow beach cruiser with the little white basket while wearing my little helmet. Get made fun of by the neighborhood kids and get chased by dogs. Should be fun.

    I didn't get to ride everyday, but a week later, I wobbily managed to stay upright and make it up the hill on my own while my neighbors cheered me on. Wow. So awesome!!

    While riding through the neighborhood yesterday with my new found skill, it hit me:

    HOW MANY STUPID a$$ MENTAL LIMITATIONS ARE HOLDING YOU BACK???!!!

    What if it is simpler than you think?
    How many things in life are you missing out on because you aren't looking outside your own limited mind for answers?
    Are there myths / dogmas / old wive's tales that are keeping you in place?
    Is there something you should just GO GET DONE?

    What if YOU are really all that is holding you back?

    Today I am in the office trying to put this newfound wisdom into action. Thought I would give back for a minute. Let this get you moving.

    One Week Challenge: get something done you didn't think possible

    Chop, F*cking, chop!
     
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    If I can do it ... You can do it!
     

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    Whats holding me back? My location.

    Im moving out of my house, i live in a small shit city just because there i can afford nice house with a garden and shead where build stuf.
    But i find im always traveling and after 2 years i still dont have any friends in my current city.

    Its was hard to make this dicision because i have invested in building my own hottub and aqua ponic system (read exotic pond with plants).
    And i find it hard to throw away, but on the otherside my social sucks here and im wasting far to much time commuting.

    I really like gardening and building stuff but this is not helping me with my life goals so im moving out!
     
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    We're getting the to-do list done this week.
    By the end of the week, no client will be waiting on information from us. We will have everything as far as we can take it, with questions out to our clients.

    **side note - I think as a service business we worry about finishing our to-do list. What if more work doesn't come in and we're sitting around twiddling our thumbs? But that's ridiculous (*unfounded limitation*). Even starting out, we didn't have that problem, and we're doing our current clients a disservice by letting their work sit on our list for too long. No more, we're getting this list finished.
     
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    Congrats!

    Coincidentally, I was just spinning an angle on one of my copywriting client's emails on taking the FIRST step, with the bicycle analogy....

    I myself learned how to ride a bike at the grand age of 17.

    And swimming at 18.

    And meeting strangers comfortably at 19.

    Also earned my first dollar at 19 (Upwork and Facebook reselling).

    This week's challenge is simple: Create great emails for my clients in a few hours.

    Which is not easy, but not impossible.

    I have a black book of copywriting angles to pick from.

    I also have a swipe file, ready to turn old trash to new sales promotions.

    On the bicycle achievement, I'm not sure when exactly my body stopped rebelling against myself.

    After a whole week of wobbling and tripping around, in full view of kids 6-9 years younger than me, it just clicked like Merlin's fingers.

    Cycling up inclines are still a bit tiring though.
     
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    Congratulations @ZCP !!

    You are a rock star.

    To go out and learn to ride, especially on your own.
    It seems like the status quo anymore is to have to join a group of likeminded individuals that all need to learn the same thing so that we feel more "comfortable" and accepted.

    And someone creates a 'system' so that it can be sold as the official way to learn to ride a bike, or fly an airplane, or drive a car. Who would ever try it on their own?

    Except maybe a little kid that didn't know better.

    And then take the fact that for years and years, the way we learned to ride a bike was to use training wheels. Everyone thought that was the way to learn-

    -because thats the ways it was always done.

    Maybe some little kid's parents couldn't afford training wheels, but that little guy wanted it so bad that it didn't stop him from learnin'. So he learned to ride without the wheels.

    @ZCP is that little kid all grown up.

    Kudos to ya Bro,

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    ZCP, thanks for a great post. Being an avid cyclist myself since I'm five, your message really resonated with me deeply. I remember when I was five my dad bought my first bicycle for me, in fact he took me along to the shop to buy it. At first I was using the training wheels until I was comfortable enough to go anywhere on it and having lots of fun. But pretty soon my dad said it's time to take off the training wheels, and I said "no no no, I'm having so much fun now, there's no need to take them off. Let me just continue riding this way." But he took them off anyway despite my protestations which were grounded in fear of falling, and after a wobbly start I never looked back.

    Now 40+ years later I'm trying to do the same with my life, trying to leave the slowlane (the ultimate comfort zone) and move to the fastlane. It's the exact same principle as learning to ride a bike, only instead of fear of falling, I now have fear of failing. I should have learned this lesson when I was five. Thanks for this poignant reminder. :)

    Edit: It's also a great metaphor for the importance of having a mentor in your life who can help you move outside your comfort zone (for my cycling endeavors as a kid it was my dad).
     
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    Is that happening this week? What challenge could you complete this week to make this happen?
     
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    That's aggressive for tax season! What is your normal queue time? Do the clients care if it is less this time of year?
     
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    Get it done! Chop Chop!
     
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    Exactly. Too many miss life because they didn't 'test the system'.

    So what is your challenge for the week?
     
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    Agree 100%

    So what is your challenge for the week?
     
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    You calling me old?
    What is your challenge for the week? :)
     
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    Sorry. The clip above cut off too early. Here's more of what I was thinking of when I saw your post.

    Keep kicking a$$ @ZCP.
     
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    Reading this post makes me realize that I need to take the plunge (pun intended) and learn how to swim properly and confidently. Been putting it off for way too long.
     
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    Done today!

    After my client gave some feedback on how some of my past emails needed 100% focus on ONE BIG IDEA or EXAMPLE, I got to work.

    I saw my swipe file of emails pilling up, as well as my own email account...

    1. Picked some emails of similar themes and desired angle...
    2. And 'cannibalized' them.
    3. Removed the non-relevant content...
    4. And replaced them with my client's industry-specific messages and content.
    I figured out that other copywriters would organize their copywriting a lot more better than I do.

    On a few emails, I saw certain patterns like:

    First sentence: Big Idea

    2nd sentence: Explanation

    3rd sentence: Short example

    4th sentence: Affirmative statement


    A lot more patterns I saw though. Not just this one.

    Sure enough, the resulting emails sounded a lot more better and convincing than my earlier ranty emails.:smile:

    Actually done it in ONE hour.

    Not even a few.

    Will see if my client will like it...
     
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    We haven't tracked our queue time (it's on the list for next year). Some are getting antsy, some don't really care (especially if they owe money).

    But it's not all tax returns. There are things that have been on the "when I have time" list for months, but they should have been done by now.
     
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    1A. This Friday ill contact a realstate agent to get my house for sale, getting this done is the most important i know in with buying the house it took 3 months just to get the bloody morgage sorted so i need to get my house on sale asap.

    1B. second i need to get rid of all my crap iv got an small attic and a shed to clear out so i can actualy sell the place and so it looks nice.
    Then iv got to remove my AP system and hottub. Im going to see what i can sell before i move and the rest will be donated or thrown away.

    2. start looking at places iv seen some posiblitys online so i can check them out.
    I can also contact a realstate agent to help buying a place but i dont like the idea of paying 2k+ for advice but because the housing buying markets sucks in Holland i might have to do this to get my foot in the door.
    (iv heard that some places sell before they are even put online.)
     
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    Get it done this week! Go to lessons. Jump in a pool. Hire an instructor.
     
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    See a lot of to do list items ....... no, let's go bigger than that!

    CHALLENGE: do something you NEVER thought you'd be able to do

    Something you had given up on... assumed you would never do.
    Starting a band. Climbing a mountain. Quitting smoking. Going to an opera. Painting a landscape. Learning to speak Russian. Calling your competitor and offering to buy them. Putting your business up for sale. Learn to surf. Fly a plane.

    Something you put artificial mental barriers around.
    I'm too old. I'm too slow. Irish people don't do that (@Andy Black ). I don't have time. I have kids. People will make fun of me.

    What you got??
     
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    Damn, cuts me deep. I got a Skype invite from one of the forums most respected members a week ago and I finally reached out yesterday. Embarrassing.

    I’ve been thinking this forum could use a challenge thread as many new forum members seem to desperately need guidance and accountability. It’s like “ZCP’s Boot Camp” with achievable challenges that will build massive momentum. Best contributor I could think of to facilitate it.
     
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    ^ THIS
     
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    This brilliant thread is one of the best I have seen in a long time.

    You might think you can't do it, but you don't know you can't do it until you try, and fail.

    Don't stop there. Try again...... and again, but change your mindset from I can't, to can I?

    And from there to I am determined to do it even if I lose some skin in the process.

    Walter
     
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    Always be trying.

    Way to go @ZCP

    Old fart riding with the kids! We are the only ones who ever really tell ourselves that it can't be done. Look at all the awesome stuff people do because they never listen to themselves being negative.

    I eat at Mucho Burrito sometimes with my wife. They have 2 tv's on the wall playing something called "Chive TV". It is essentially just little clips of people doing amazing things. None of those people listened to negativity and just went for it over and over until they could. That is how life needs to be lived!
     
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