WHY DO I RIDE? (Careful, this may be deep) This digs deep into the lyrics, song titles and meaning behind the playlist I recently created for a class at Urban BODY Fusion.   Why do you Ride? 

ADRENALINE: Isn’t Life Such a Thrill

"BECAUSE…. In Life, we all face obstacles both big and small, but it can seem impossible to master them all. We strive for “Some Happy Nights”, but our “Demons” come out and challenge us to these fights. We are faced with a challenge from within. “Survival” mode activates and we let the fight begin. It may seem we are chasing “A Light That Never Comes”, as these days fly by and bring us “Closer To The Edge”. We “Hold On” and brace the constant “Chop and Change”, for this “Summertime Sadness” just adds power to the already digging dredge. Life is but a “Beautiful War” and if we “Slow It Down” enough to notice, we’re merely rising like “The Phoenix” through each day full of all kinds of critics. We awaken each day, ready and armed for our fight searching for something from within.... maybe it's the Light. We are Alive, and I say, It’s “Time To Get Ill”, after all, Isn’t Life Such a Thrill." – Dana Urban

Time To Get Ill Beastie Boys
Escape 30 Seconds To Mars
Beautiful War Kings Of Leon
Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey 
Demons Imagine Dragons
Some Happy Nights (Fun. vs. C2C) Mighty Mike
Closer To The Edge 30 Seconds To Mars
Hold On Alabama Shakes
Chop And Change (Soundtrack Version) The Black Keys
My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) Fall Out Boy
Survival Muse
Adrenaline Shinedown
The Phoenix Fall Out Boy
Slow It Down Goo Goo 

We Ride to "ESCAPE", we ride to feel ALIVE, we ride so that we may continue to THRIVE!  We Ride to Listen and we Ride to Feel, but sometimes we ride with hopes that our minds will just be still!
Commit: to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action

Omit:  to forbear or fail to do; disregard

"Commitment unlocks doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the 'right stuff' to turn our dreams into reality." - James Womack

To Omit or to Commit, that is the question.  When we have a dream we would like to pursue or a goal we would like to achieve, it requires a decision to omit or to commit.  If we view our goals as a commitment, we must make the decision to succeed.  This requires a strong desire, determination and focus on our path to achieve success.  We can only achieve greatness when we fully commit, release our fears, stop making excuses and persevere.  If we are willing to make the commitment, we must be willing to put forth the effort.  Careful though, this may require work.  Are you willing to Commit?

"Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort." - Theodore Roosevelt  

Do you have a goal or dream you wish to pursue?  Do you wish to exercise more, lose weight, or just become healthier overall?  I'm sure you are aware that this will require hard work and most importantly, commitment.  What is the difference between you and the person who is already achieving their fitness goals?  The answer is not more time on their hands or even their genetics.  The answer is pure commitment and focused, consistent, effort.  

If you are already trying to lose weight or achieve a fitness goal and not seeing the results you would prefer, evaluate your effort.  Are you working  hard to be consistent and really giving it your all or are you just going through the motions, hoping results will magically appear one day?  Are you procrastinating with the idea that you don't necessarily need to do it now?  Maybe you're inconsistent and work hard one day but continue to make excuses along the way which means you are omitting your desired goal.  Sometimes, we tell ourselves we are working as hard as we can when in fact, we are hardly working at all.  Going through the motions and never seeing results is a waste of time and will ultimately hurt one person - YOU.  

When a commitment has been made, we must change our minds and remain focused on our goals.  Excuses are not an option if we ever want to see results!  Know what you want and understand why you want it.  Dedicate every breath in your body to achieving your goal and make up your mind that you will succeed.  Bind yourself to the course or action required for your goal and start to take action.  Desire alone is just not enough, we must follow up with action, release our fears of failure, and move forward with our goal.  When this decision has been made, our minds will change and a habit will develop, creating a spirit and drive that will ultimately lead us to success.  The choice to succeed is just that, a choice!  Decide, Commit, Achieve!  Exhaust the following steps for a healthier you in mind, body and spirit:

Steps to Success

Make a Decision and Set Your Goal
View Your Goal as a Commitment
Release All Fear of Failure
Develop a Strong Desire in Your Mind
Broadcast Your Goal and Be Held Accountable
Do Not Allow Distractions to Get in the Way
Embrace the Obstacles and Overcome Them
Learn From Past Mistakes and Move On
Refuse to Omit Your Decision to Succeed
Proceed With Your Greatest Effort

If you are struggling with what it takes to be successful in achieving your goals with your health and fitness or with other dreams you may have for your life, these are just a few guidelines to help motivate you and keep you on your path.  It is important that you make the choice that is right for you and hold yourself accountable. So, to answer the question to omit or to commit, the answer for success, regardless of how hard the work and how tough the obstacles are along the way, is aways - Commit, Commit, Commit!!

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