At 16 years of age before commencing university I entered the workforce getting a great job as a sales rep. When my boss informed me I needed my driver’s license I confidently said, “Consider it done”. Ten weeks later, one Saturday morning I successfully earned it and the same afternoon picked up the car I would be using.
By Monday morning I was driving down Auckland’s busiest street during peak hour traffic in a company vehicle. Naturally I was somewhat terrified as my white knuckles firmly held the steering wheel at precisely 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.
Suddenly out of nowhere came the thought “no one else knows this is your first time in the car on your own so what is the problem”? Immediately I relaxed and was the first time I experienced and understood the importance of managing my own thought process.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
This week I have had reason to reflect quite a lot about this very topic. I thought about what we could all achieve if we used only a fraction more of what our mind is capable of.
The scenario when I was 16 to me highlighted two things. Firstly, we often exert far too much energy being concerned about what others think of us. Secondly, we allow our thoughts to get in the way of stepping out of our comfort zone and possibly stopping us from reaching our potential.
Growing up I was fortunate to one day be bluntly told that not everyone was thinking about me as they were too busy thinking about themselves.
This is why aging is such a wonderful thing….not only are we fortunate to see the beauty of our physical body change, we are gifted with the ability to see what is really important in life and learn to just let all the other stuff go.
When it was time to commence University I had to hand the company vehicle back. My boss quietly later informed me that the gearbox never quite felt the same after I had returned the car to her.
(The photo below was taken the first day I ever rode my new Ninja. It took at least six attempts to go forward without stalling, however I was persistent. Persistence is the key …… to everything).