Today was one of those days that I feel despite having no money I can successfully take down one of the big 4 and have my own highly successful bike brand.
I may be wrong and be totally delusional on this front but surely self-belief and some form of confidence are exactly what you need to succeed in business. Now, I know everyone has argued this before in many different forms so instead I am not going to.
Mainly, as I know that come tomorrow, today’s confidence may have deserted me. I will be wandering around, trying to function as I allow every small detail to slowly crush me. So I will propose that you spend longer trying to even out the troughs.
Great highs would seem to lead to great lows and as tomorrow’s weather is to be amazing I have spent today beavering on the million things I would have to do tomorrow if I had not accomplished them today (I sorted out a new fixed gear crit frame if you need to know). What I worry is that I will feel I missed something and going out the bike will just not be an enjoyable experience tomorrow.
I won’t be able to relax, to chill out, and just switch off. This is the hardest part of setting up a new enterprise and for me, I feel that is what leads to the highs and lows. I take some time off and all I can think about is the stuff I should be doing or could be doing. Then it leads into thinking about what if I missed that little thing that was going to cause my company to take off?
What if somebody beats me to the good ideas I think I have. What if whilst I am gazing at the clouds someone else is working on what I should have been working on. This thinking is a waste though and I know it and you know it.
What I need to do is just chill out.
Which for myself is easier said and done. It has led to issues with depression and anxiety in the past. I literally do not get how to stop thinking. It was worst when I studied philosophy at university, not really the subject to study if you want to just chill out and relax. I think this helps to show that I ultimately like to make the same mistakes over and over.
Although I have developed one slight coping mechanism over time. I go and look at The Radavist. I found their 10 years of Red Hook Brooklyn a nice way to chill out.
Now this may all seem like a ramble and in many ways it is, this is because I have not planned or structured this post. You are basically looking at a stream of consciousness and you know I think it helped me to relax and may now serve as a reminder to try and avoid peaks and troughs.