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!!


"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in RISING UP every time we fail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

PERSEVERANCE:  to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose inspite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

I started this post a couple days ago with the idea to write about perseverance, thoughts of failure and never giving up.  I often touch on this subject in my Spin® classes and even have rides directly themed around the topic that include inspiration from songs like "Uprising", "Awake and Alive", "Kings & Queens", "Man in the Mirror", etc.  When I coach my riders in such a ride, I tend to use phrases such as "Tap into Your Power", "Rise Up", "Don't Back Down", "You Can Make it to the Top", and "Never Surrender".  Today, I found this amazing video on YouTube and immediately was inspired to share.  I have seen this a time or two in the past, but not in a long time.  I will now remind myself to watch this video every time I feel the urge to give up.  I encourage you to take the five minutes and nineteen seconds out of your day to give this a view.  This video, and the inspiration behind it, could instantly change your mindset.  We are all truly blessed with certain abilities, individual talents, and the initial will to fight.  Use your talents, your abilities, and your will to fight and just PERSEVERE.

Throughout the many journeys in our lives, we often come to a point where we feel like giving up. We may give up before we've really even begun, or just before we're about to make a huge break-through.  We always have a choice to at least "try" to succeed and if we are alive, anything is possible, as long as we're willing to put forth a little extra effort.  We are bound to make mistakes along the way.  The lessons we learn from these mistakes and our experiences is what makes us stronger, getting us closer to our dream.

Discovering your strength is the key to perseverance.  You are stronger than you think, and a couple of setbacks along the way are not enough to stop you from achieving your goals.  Unlock the door to your dreams and set out to make it happen.  Prove yourself to the world, but mostly to yourself.  You CAN and WILL achieve.  The only failure is in giving up without a fight.

Believe in yourself when nobody else will.  Don't sell yourself short.  People will come along in your life that either build you up or bring you down.  Spend more time with the ones that tend to build you up.  Life is too short for downers.  When you're told what you want to achieve is not possible, PERSEVERE, and keep moving forward.  Don't let anyone destroy your dreams of achievement. Surround yourself with family and friends that will support you on your journey and support them
on their journey as well.

Perseverance is a day by day decision, but it is still a choice.  It is our choice, in fact, and we all deserve success.  Maintaining this mind set can be a challenge, but no one ever said it would be easy. Take notice and nurture your small successes along the way.  Realizing the small differences you've already made will help rebuild your confidence so you can continue to move forward.  Remember that success is a journey and not a destination.  If you maintain an attitude of 'Fight till the Finish', then 'Fight till the Finish' you will.

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