Don’t believe the lies
Last weekend I was in Wales mountain biking. It was truly wonderful. Even the weather was kind (mostly!). For those that don’t know, Wales is one of the top places in the world to ride. The Welsh have embraced the support with much energy and enthusiasm and really put themselves on the map in the mountain bike world by building some incredible playgrounds for mountain bikers in the valleys and hills. These are called trail centres.
They are so good at it that the people that started it have been recognised by being awarded OBE’s a couple of years ago.
The trail centres they have created have become a blue print for others around the world to copy and learn from. They really are that good.
So a weekend at a trail centre, for me is a pretty great way to spend a weekend. Lots of fun.
As part of my great weekend of riding I also learnt a valuable lesson that I wanted to share with you.
On the Saturday, whilst I was riding back into the car park having completed a loop of a wonderful new trail called The Blade, I was riding alongside another chap who was just finishing a loop of another trail there. As we were chatting he asked me which trail I had just ridden. I told him I had just been around The Blade and boy, it was awesome. (I was still buzzing with adrenaline, so the word awesome may have popped out there!).
It was then I learnt a valuable lesson. He looked at me and at my bike in shock and simply asked “On that bike?”
Well I only have one mountain bike (at the moment, I’m always open to offers!) and it is a cross country kind of bike. It doesn’t have massive amounts of suspension and trickery on it. It is pretty simple really.
However this guy was riding the latest in bells and whistles bikes, with oodles and oodles of gadgetry and suspension and light weight kit. The kind of bike that “The Blade” had been designed for I suspect.
But what struck me was the lie that he had bought into. You can’t ride “the blade” on a cross country bike. You need to have at least this amount of suspension and gadgetry to tackle that trail.
Well funnily enough, you don’t – I didn’t and guess what, I didn’t crash, die or my bike didn’t break. In fact I went around that trail way quicker than the recommended time they suggest it takes and with a grin as broad as a Cheshire cat.
What is interesting to me about this is the sublety of the lie that he believed. He wasn’t prepared to tackle a certain type of bike ride unless he had the correct bike for it. When in fact that was completely untrue. I had just proved it.
And I don’t blame him or judge him for believing that lie because they are so subtle and fed to us constantly by society, the media and sometimes our peers. You can’t do that because you are too fat, too tall, you won’t make it, you don’t have the correct equipment, you need to upgrade, you need a better one, faster one, lighter one, bigger one……..the list is endless. And the message so easily catches us and stops us from doing things we could quite easily do.
So my challenge this week for you is to look at your life and find a lie that you are believing and prove it to be false. Could it be that you are telling yourself you can’t run 5k? Or that you can’t have that difficult conversation because it will be too hard or uncomfortable? Or that you are not good enough to go for that job?
What is the lie that you are allowing yourself to believe. What is it that is stopping you from doing the thing that you really want to do? Is it true? Really?
Pick one lie and prove it to be untrue.
Let me know how you get on and maybe I will see you out on The Blade one day?