Ride for Rachel

1On February 21st, 2015 I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Boise Aeros House of Pain (HOP) training center. The Boise Aeros sponsored the event “Ride for Rachel,” a fundraiser to raise money to help Rachel pay for her physical therapy bills. Her medical insurance will only pay for 20 physical therapy visits and the doctors think she will need 60 to work towards walking again. On September 16th, 2014 Rachel was struck while riding her bicycle in South Boise. Rachel’s condition was serious and she spent a lot of time in the ICU. Her injuries included a broken back, broken left clavicle, broken left elbow, several broken ribs, a broken sternum, a broken nose, and three brain contusions. Rachel has a love for biking, right before the accident, she was training for her biggest event yet, the Ironman World Championship which would take place on October 11 in Hawaii.  Rachel is continuously improving every day and the “Ride for Rachel” event was another stepping stone towards recovery. The Boise Aeros had 12 trainers going for 12 hours with riders who signed up to ride for Rachel. The riders rode 2060 miles and raised $5,200 dollars that was presented to Rachel at the end of the event.  I am excited to see Rachel’s continuous progress as she completes her physical therapy!


12 Months of Change

The concept of building change through implementing one new habit a month seemed simple indexwhen it first occurred. I thought about how much I could improve by layering twelve new habits over a twelve month period. I decided to commit to the twelve habits in twelve months; it was a commitment that I was enthusiastic about. The next step was to make a list of the twelve things I was willing to commit to changing or improving. All of this sounded like a simple idea until I actually started writing my list. I couldn’t write fast enough to get the first three down on paper and then the pen slowed as I struggled to come up with the next four. Everyone has heard of writer’s block, but, I was experiencing “idea block.” Throughout my internal struggle I learned a valuable lesson; I am the only one who thinks that I, myself, am perfect. I struggled to come up with more things that I was interested in changing. Then the realization hit, it takes real commitment to provide the powerful force to overcome inertia.

The inherent resistance to change is aided by three factors.

  1. The innate sense that change takes effort.
  2. It exposes us to failure.
  3. The tendency to think big, meaning that I have to make big changes to be meaningful and worthwhile.

Once you recognize the factors of resistance above it becomes easier to add items to your list.

Here are three things not to do to improve the outcomes of your 12 Months of Change.

  1. Don’t stop your list at twelve. Keep adding to the list as new ideas come to you. You are creating a mini LEAP list and the principle of having more than you will do applies. This allows you to pick the changes that are more important and interesting as you make progress through the year.
  2. Don’t feel pressured to choose the order or commit to all twelve. You will find that your focus changes as the year passes. Work on your list and see what you come up with. In the next post I will share the list of twenty I created.
  3. Don’t be surprised at how hard it is to initiate and complete the change you select.

Progress Pyramid 2015

pyramidProgress Pyramid is the concept of building a pyramid of new habits that allow you to make progress towards completing activities on your LEAP List. Attempting to make major changes without having a plan for incremental improvement is a recipe for failure. It is more effective to make a list of improvements and implement them over reasonable time periods. Building a layer of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to obtain the long term objective. It is important to keep some balance and symmetry in your goals. Focusing too much in a single area will eventually limit your overall capability. The Progress Pyramid is a concept that provides a visual concept of building a balanced structure of new habits. Think of your Progress Pyramid as a four sided structure with each side representing one of the four areas of progress listed below:

1. Physical

2. Mental

3. Spiritual

4. Financial

Build a foundation and then add layers made up of blocks representing each side of the pyramid. To finish the Progress Pyramid you need to add to each side or area to reach the pinnacle of success as you define it. Start with the end in mind and identify your objective. Then make a list of all the things you can think of that you have to change, improve or acquire to reach the goal. Don’t be discouraged if your list isn’t complete after the first attempt. Allow the goal to percolate in your subconscious mind and add to the list as new ideas occur to you.