Cycling “As If”


There has been a lot of interest in “The Law of Attraction” over the past few years.  Books like “The Secret”, “The Answer”, and many more have become bestsellers and created a huge following and a lot of interest.  Even Fat Cyclist himself did a post on “How to use ‘The Secret’ in Cycling”….so you know it’s got to be a hot topic.

The secret and the law of attraction are definitely not new concepts or ideas, and they don’t claim to be.  The laws and principles have been around forever.  If you haven’t found yourself caught up with the hype, let me tell you that “The Secret” is pretty much the old “Fake It Until You Make It” idea….or “Acting As If”.

But you know, there is something to it and it can be applied to any aspect of your life…with cycling being one of them.  We’re not just talking road biking here.  Visualization and acting as if, can apply to any type of cycling that you do or cycling related goals that you have.

Maybe you’re already acting as if you’ve dropped those 20 pounds you’re looking to achieve by cycling.  Pretend it’s already happened.  Talk that way.  Act that way.  Believe it.  Or you’re talking it up like you are this person who cycles everywhere they go.  In reality it’s not happening yet, but you are acting as if it’s good to go.  Whatever it is, try acting as if it’s already happened.  Yeah, it will feel strange.  Yeah, you might not believe yourself….at first.  But I know you’ll have fun with it, and I know you’ll get positive results.

I have heard that when the band Aerosmith was just getting started, they used to play a lot of shows in small nightclubs.  Even though many of the places were kind of seedy and the people there were not totally interested in hearing them…….they would act as if they were playing to a sold out arena where the fans were crazy about them.  Well, I don’t need to tell you that “acting as if” eventually became a reality for these rockers.

We all love make believe right?  Of course we do.  We all grow up playing and pretending we are one thing or another.  Why not incorporate that idea into our Adult lives?  Into our Adult Cycling Lives?  It’s not only fun…’s also very effective.

William James once wrote, “Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.” Fake it ‘til you make it……Act as If…The Secret…Thoughts become things….Believe.  Whatever you want to call it, try it out.

Enjoy Your Ride

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4 Responses to “ Cycling “As If” ”

  1. Tim on March 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    So all that pain climbing the hills in Lost Creek was created by believing it would be painful? 😉

    • darrylislovingthebike on March 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks Tim….yeah, a portion of the pain might actually come from those thoughts. Some would argue that all of that pain comes because you told yourself that. It all depends what part of the pendulum you believe in. What I do know is that the more you do Lost Creek, the easier it becomes. Man, I miss riding in Austin.

  2. loretta on March 25, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Hi Darryl,
    Love your blog today.I enjoy it everyday.The believing is the key for sure.Enjoy your day,

  3. Lyrics on March 24, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for sharing, I found this article while googling for music news updates, thoughtful comments and great points made.


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