The Secret

this was an article in USridernews in the March 2008 edition. I have been riding actively for a number of years, and i have attended a program based on the information contained in The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. after seeing the movie and attending PSI7 the first thing that came to mind was how much this was like riding a motorcycle. i have been trying to find a way to put that into words and this article says it better than i ever could! March 2008 page 70

Focus. It is the greatest power known to mankind. It’s usually during these blustery late February and early March days when the only thing I can focus on is the warmth of Spring coming just a few weeks away.

In the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, the instructors drill into their students how important it is to keep your eyes up and focus on where you want the bike to go. “If you look down, you’ll go down” is what they repeated over and over. So it is with everyday life. It is amazing how much of motorcycling translates into everyday life isn’t it?

If you focus your thoughts and desires on what you want and maintain that focus regardless of the circumstances and you will be in tune with the mightiest force in the universe.

No, I’m not talking about the new Haybusa or Triumph’s Rocket 3, I’m talking about the power of the Law of Attraction. There are literally thousands of ex-riders who gave up the joys of motorcycling because of a scare or a minor wreck. If you talk to a number of these folks you’ll invariably discover a common thread to each incident that prompted them to give up motorcycling.

They became fixated on something and went directly towards it, either an oncoming car, or the ditch or the bike ahead of them. Of course there are some who had vehicles pull out in front of them. Often I meet people who eagerly tell me that they “used to ride” a motorcycle but the last day they rode was when they were almost “run over” twice, three times, four times, etc. These people act as if God were trying to get their attention with these close calls and “give up” motorcycles before they were killed.

I’m not making light of the fact that there are too many easily distracted auto drivers on our highways. I see them all the time. What I’m suggesting is that you develop your mind to focus on the things you want, and away from the things you don’t want.

The Law of Attraction is simple and absolute. Whatever you think about (focus) will manifest itself in your life, according to the strength of your faith, or belief.

That’s why every time we’re riding somewhere and we’re in a dangerous situation and come through it without incident I say a simple “thank you” in my mind.

When we ride through an intersection where others have been hit, I say “thank you.” When a car turning left pauses because he sees us approach I say, “thank you.” When we see a deer on the side of the road and pass by without incident I say “thank you.” I do this hundreds of times every ride. I even do it when I’m in my car.

By doing this I’m focusing on the things I want, i.e. to have a safe and enjoyable ride, and away from the things I don’t want. Does it work? I believe the answer is emphatically YES! One of the my recent discoveries has been the work of Jeffery Gitomer. Gitomer has been instrumental in helping me understand and verbalize important life affi rming principals. I recommend you get a copy of one of his short easy to read books at your local book store.

Another wonderful resource I’ve discovered is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Cynics will dismiss these works and teachings as polyanna and too simplistic to be of benefi t, but my thoughts are it cost nothing to believe and there’s no harm in adopting a positive self esteem and surrounding yourself with positive teachers and role models.

The Law of Attraction isn’t a magic spell that solves all the problems of the world , nor does it guarantee that you’ll never be hurt or have tragedy in your life.

In tight spots, NASCAR drivers learn to focus on the opening and drive through it. The opening is what they want. If they lose their focus and try to watch the wall or the other cars, that’s when they get into trouble. The same is true with riding a motorcycle. If you look down at the road when you’re going around a curve, you’ll wind up on the wrong side or in the ditch.

Look up, focus on where you want to go and be thankful for the good things in life you have and you’ll enjoy this spring and summer much more than you could imagine.

Until next month, ride safe and enjoy the view.

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