Dare!

Flooded track“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” Seneca (Roman Philosopher).

I was out on the mountain bike this week, enjoying a track that was a little rougher than those I usually ride when in the distance I saw that the track was flooded. What should I do? Turn back, try and push the bike round the muddy edge or be daring and take the risk of pedalling through the muddy waters. What was hidden – rocks, holes? How deep and what would happen if I got stuck or fell off? And it was a long stretch of water…

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The end is only just the beginning

IMG_1496_1You’ve reached the goal that you’ve set for yourself. At last you’ve made it! But then you can often feel deflated when the initial euphoria of getting there wears off. All the effort and energy, the focus and putting aside of other things and then it’s done. Earlier this year I started walking the Thames Path, at the end of November I got to the end (or the beginning if walking the other way). So here are some thoughts on using successful completion for more than an excuse for one too many beers and to vanish those post achievement blues.

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