What If Tonight Was New Year’s Eve?


It’s one night of the year when thoughts of hope, positive change, and celebration are lingering in the air all around the World.  On New Year’s Eve we get the opportunity to remember the year that was, pledge to make things better, and give toast to the year that will be.

We are still over four months away from ringing in 2013, but what if tonight was December 31st? Would you do things differently today…would your mind be consumed with different thoughts….would you sit down and make a list of all you wanted to accomplish in the coming year?  I’ll bet you’d find something to celebrate.

There is a quote I heard once, and it’s kind of just stuck with me along the way:


So why wait for New Year’s to write out a list of resolutions or vow to make a change?  The spirit of December 31st can be with you each and every day, and with an attitude like that….you can Make it Happen.  You can Make ANYTHING Happen.


This way of thinking can apply to all things in your life, including cycling.  I have a friend who gets all excited to reset his bicycle computer to zero each New Year’s Eve.  He gets to see how many miles and hours he put on the bike that year, and then wipes it clean and is ready to do it all over again the next year.

The start of a year (or riding season) is a fantastic time to set new riding goals and plan for the month’s ahead.  With that said, about halfway through a year (or season) I often see riders lose focus of what they set out to do.  I’m including myself in that list of riders.

To keep in check of your goals and to keep on moving forward, we need to continuously review and revise our goals so that we stay motivated and on track.  Are you one of those riders who can’t wait to get out for that first ride of the year, and when you get out there you’re more fired up than ever.  If tonight was New Year’s Eve, I’m sure you’d wake up tomorrow with that same spark and determination to ride with all you’ve got.

So let’s do it.  Let’s keep on reminding ourselves that any night can be New Year’s, and each day can be a New Life.  No need to sing “Auld Lang Syne”, but a definite need to Make it Happen.

Enjoy Your Ride

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