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    I found this in one of the positive message emails I get on a regular basis. I thought that it not only gives some good ways to succeed in life but definately describes how to view a successful recovery process.

    *** Article: Success is Like Riding a Bicycle – By Keith A. Shaw ***

    Okay, a show of hands, please!

    How many of you learned to ride a bicycle as a child?

    Hey, that’s quite a lot of you.

    Now, close your eyes and remember what it felt like to ride a bicycle for the first time. Maybe yours had training wheels that helped to balance the bike as you gained confidence riding on the sidewalk in front of your house. As your confidence expanded, and also from observing the older children in the neighborhood riding without any assistance, you then graduated to your first test without training wheels.

    It was scary!

    At the beginning came the wobbling of the tires and excited, hurried pedaling as you struggled to break free of your parent’s or older sibling’s guiding hand for balance. And, perhaps there were one or two falls along the way! However, through your determination, willpower, desire, and continued practice, you soon sped forward on your own.

    As you grew in size and age, you moved up to bigger and more complex bicycles and mastered them all. Some of you even learned to ride without holding onto the handlebars or perhaps did “daredevil” tricks jumping over ramps like Evel Knievel.

    And, I’ll bet now that even if you haven’t ridden a bicycle in years, you could still do it.

    Now, let’s take a look at success. For many people, success or being successful is just as scary as the first time they rode a bicycle. Naturally, many people want to be successful. However, there are few that truly have the motivation to put forward the needed effort and action and make the necessary sacrifices to get what they want.

    Here are four of my success strategies. Make them part of your “quest for success.”

    1) Just as you did when you learned to ride a bicycle, here is only one way to accomplish anything today — set your mind to concentrate on doing it and let nothing interfere with your progress. Obstacles, whether they be training wheels on a bike or lack of resources (money, time, lack of skill, etc.), are quickly overcome by the person who sets out to accomplish their heart’s desire. Those who have the desire, “the fire in the belly” so to speak, will outdistance and outperform those who do not.

    2) No matter what anyone says, “Size does matter.” When you first learned to ride a bike, you were a child. As you grew to adulthood, of course, you were faced with greater and more challenging situations. On your road to success, remember this quote from my Success System book, “The Power of Concentration: How to Take Control of Your Life”…

    “The ‘bigger’ you are, the smaller the obstacle appears. The ‘smaller’ you are, the greater the obstacle appears.”

    Always look at the advantage you gain by overcoming obstacles, and it will give you the needed “size” and courage for the conquest — now and in the future.

    3) Do not expect that you will always have a smooth road, free of potholes, speed bumps, and detours. Parts of your journey are likely to be rough. The way you navigate the bad roads shows exactly what you are made of. Keep on with your journey and view with delight the smooth roads that are in front of you.

    4) Do not let a setback stop you. Just like when you skinned your knees and elbows learning to ride, think of it as a mere incident that has to be overcome before you can reach your goal. Learn from it and use the lesson to move ahead.

    Success IS like riding a bicycle. Learn my strategies of success outlined above, and you will ALWAYS be up to the challenge — regardless of the size.

    Copyright 2007 by Keith A. Shaw and, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means — electronic, mechanical, photocopying, audio or video recording, or otherwise — without the written permission of the author and publisher.
    About the Author:
    Keith A. Shaw, President of, is an authority on motivation, self improvement, success, health, and wellness. Keith is the author and creator of “The Power of Thought,” “The Power of Serenity and Peace,” and “The Power of Concentration” Success Systems that have helped people achieve more than they ever dreamed possible. He also created “The Power of Qigong” DVDs and books for improving health, wellness, energy, mind power, and more.

    Keith is the Motivation Expert for and has also written articles that have been published in publications such as Modern Sage, Of Spirit, and others.

    Check out the Experts page for Keith A. Shaw, the Official Guide to Motivation:

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