I just finished riding 100 miles on my bike with my wife Lynn!!
When I got a double cancer diagnosis in 2013, I did not know where the path would lead. I had big goals and small goals. Marriage goals and kid goals. I had targets for when I was 35, 50 and visions of grandeur for my retirement years.
In one phone call, life went from a timeline of near certain events to come…to individual heart beats…
Th-Thump, Th-Thump, Th-Thump, Th-Thump…
Here I am now, four years later – Alive!!!!
Life is now moments. Time is the only asset I have that I can never get back. My time may be tomorrow. It may be today. Or it may be 50 years from now. Time…
Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick…Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…
My rhythm was simply, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you – grateful for every single heart beat I was given.
Do you have a bunch of small goals or big goals? Do you have a vision for your life?
I still do…They are written down, shared and prayed over often.
What cancer has made me realize is unlikely outcomes, looking at my life and saying,
“Wow, you wrote a book! Wow, you wrote another book!”
“Wow, you just rode 100 miles on a bike and raised nearly $10,000 for Pelotonia (www.Pelotonia.org) raising money for cancer research!”
“Wow, your wife, mother of five children just rode a 100 miles with you (www.Pelotonia.org/lynnhartings)! That’s crazy…how did you do it?!?”
Looking at those unlikely outcomes without living the process seems like these may unachievable for you…
Goals to me have changed. Visions of Grandeur for me have gotten bigger in the last four years…My kids, grandkids, vocation, love for my wife, investment in our future! Wow! I love it. They are so big!
But unlikely outcomes, like finishing 100 miles on a bike raising tons of money for Cancer Research, are just part of a process.
The way it looks for me is a set of daily practices.
What I mean is, my end and your end are the same. We have the same goals for life. Simple, distinct, visionary goals for our life, spouses, kids, and grandkids…vacations, destinations, and vocations…Europe, Asia, and Hawaii…ownership, partnership and leadership…TO STAY ALIVE!!!
All are goals. But for me it’s the process that matters…
Riding 100 miles yesterday, the process was pedal, breath, pedal, breath, pedal, breath – rest, rest, rest – pedal, breath, pedal, breath – don’t stop pedaling up this hill!
This simple process unveiled an unlikely outcome…101.40 miles finished to #EndCancer!
The process became the goal. The goal to just never stop pedaling.
How did you train? Not enough.
How did you find time? We didn’t.
How did you raise the money? Dollar by dollar.
How was it all achieved? In the process of riding pedal up, pedal down. We committed to each other to never stopping. Pedal, breath, pedal, breath, pedal, breath…Honey, I won’t stop if you don’t stop. I love you…let’s do this.
The process became the goal.
The unlikely outcomes of life are not by chance or by luck. Unlikely outcomes are achieved by men and women who invest in and make the process their goal.
For those men and women, the unlikely outcome is simply a side effect of their process.
That’s how our family lives…Goals are far off in the distance…Let’s live the process in the next twenty minutes that is proven to give us the best chance to get there. Let’s live the process today. To finish 100 miles, let’s finish the next twenty pedals, the next mile, get to the next turn, finish the next hill.
The 101.40 miles finished, the unlikely outcome was a side effect of that process!
Live the the process today, you never get this time back! Finish strong!
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