Updated: Apr 5
Only on a Harley does freedom look this good. It's what beckons you to the open road. To escape the walls that contain you, even if only for a ride. On the road you are fully engaged with life. There is no frame between you and the universe. You are flying; you are free.
Maintaining your freedom to ride comes at the cost of hard work. You must discipline yourself to perform regular maintenance on your motorcycle. To keep it running at peak performance so you can safely hit the road whenever the opportunity arises. You choose to accept the responsibility that comes with riding a motorcycle. When you properly shoulder that burden and the road opens up, you get to experience all that your bike has to offer.
The asphalt beckons, your bike is ready, but are you ready for what it may bring? You need a maintenance plan too. One that keeps your body in good running condition and that helps you resist becoming cynical. Develop a plan for yourself and slowly build the self-discipline needed to follow through with that plan. #1 best-selling American author and international keynote speaker, Hal Elrod, wrote a smart little book called the Miracle Morning. In it he shares his Life S.A.V.E.R.S. program designed to help you further yourself. He has a concise plan to follow if you can give yourself 30-60 minutes per day.
Here's a quick breakdown:
S = Silence (5 min.)
A = Affirmations (5 min.)
V = Visualization (5 min.)
E = Exercise (20 min.)
R = Reading (20 min.)
S = Scribe(write) (5 min.)
In his book, Hal gives very compelling reasons as to why each step is included in the plan. He also explains how you can tailor it to your needs. The goal is to help you live to your full potential so when you reach the end of your life you are free of regrets. Consider this quote from Robin Sharma, Canadian author and world-renowned leadership coach, “One of the saddest things in life is to get to the end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been, done, and had so much more.”
Building a plan for yourself will help you avoid the fate of regret, and inspection (introspection) is a necessary aspect of such. You inspect your bike for problems, how about inspecting yourself too? Seek out facets for self-improvement. Canadian author, clinical psychologist, professor at the University of Toronto, and YouTube star, Dr. Jordan Peterson, has two programs to help you systematically look at yourself with the purpose of understanding and improvement. The first one is his Personality Assessment which will reveal your personality traits based on the “Big 5” aspects - openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. It will take you roughly 15 minutes. Upon completion you will receive a report showing how your answers compare to a diverse group of 10,000 others who have completed this assessment too. You get a better idea of who you are and where you stand in the world.
Dr. Peterson’s other program is called the Self-Authoring Suite, and it consists of four different courses: Future Authoring, Past Authoring, Present Authoring - Faults, and Present Authoring - Virtues. Each part takes approximately 4-5 hours and it is meant to be completed in multiple sessions, with enough of a break between each one that you come back refreshed before starting again. If you can give yourself the 16-20 hours it would take to complete these courses, your life will improve, guaranteed. According to Dr. Peterson and his colleagues, writing about your life has a positive influence on your health, productivity, and performance. It’s a task worth exploring.
Your life isn't the only one that will improve when you choose to take ownership of yourself. Like a fine work of art, your life can inspire greatness in others too. Friends, family and coworkers are always looking at you, and it's up to you to decide what they see. I think it's empowering to realize you can make life a little less miserable for others just by taking a little better care of yourself.
I’d love to hear from you if you do. Thank you.
My friend Josh is a proud member of the Venturos Family. He and his lovely lady, Avery, graciously allowed me to share their photos in this post. 🖤 I am so grateful for the inspiration they brought.
Jenny the Hemp Goddess is a small-town Michigan mom, skincare entrepreneur, and part-time writer of topics that get under her skin.