When I came up with the idea of #AroundIrelandOnAPushie, little did I know that I was, at the time, in DESPERATE NEED of an adventure. Ultimately, I wanted an adventure but “pushie,” if you really break it down was a goal.
What I didn’t realise was that “pushie” started to give me something to look forward to; it gave me something to work toward.
When I came up with concept of “pushie,” I had a pretty average life – I was a part of the so-called rat race. I would go to work.. go to the gym… make dinner and go watch Netflix until I passed out. This was because I was doing this thing called ‘life.’ And then, the next day I’d do it all over again – Wow! YAY! How exciting – NOT. I was pretty bored. Everything seemed so comfortable and nothing ever changed.
Then, one day I decided that I just didn’t want to live like this anymore. I wanted to be creative. After hearing the story of my mate who bicycled from Sydney to Melbourne on a $50 bicycle, I said… “That’s it! I’m going on an adventure!” I dreaded the thought of bicycling myself, but after thinking long and hard about it, I eventually thought , “Hey, how cool would it be to go ‘Around Ireland on a Pushie!’” The idea and hash tag was born! This was now my new creative goal!
I was pretty freaked out by “pushie.” I was afraid that people would judge me and they did. I was afraid of being hit by a car. I was also afraid of bicycling – I hadn’t bicycled in over 20 years and my last bike didn’t have tyres, only rims. A few people thought I was nuts or just didn’t understand the idea, but on the flip side, a lot of people thought it was a brilliant idea! More people liked it than disliked it and that really kept me going. It gave me motivation to push on.
I noticed that I was working harder at the gym, I was becoming more confident in myself and taking on other challenges besides “pushie.” I mean, one of the cool things I did was run a half marathon! I just didn’t realise what was happening. I was just putting all my creative energy into my new goal and it was positively affecting my life!
This gave me direction; I had something to work toward and it was awesome! I was so excited to tell people about this crazy idea I had and you know what, it was my idea. It wasn’t someone else’s idea and I wasn’t working for someone else. I was in control of the concept and that was quite possibly one of the coolest things about it. I was REALLY working for myself – completely and utterly on my own!
I was thinking about what this Ireland adventure would be like and to tell you the truth, I had absolutely NO idea! That was so awesome! I was venturing into the unknown and every day, something new was happening. I couldn’t predict ANYTHING and I completely embraced that! I loved it!
When I had a bad day at work, I’d actually laugh it off because when I left work, I had something to look forward to! I also knew I had to work hard at the gym because I had to be “pushie” fit! This goal gave my life new meaning and it was beautiful.
So my advice to you is…
- Set a goal – it doesn’t matter how big or small it is, just come up with the idea
- Commit to the goal – what’s the one thing you can do that will make you commit to the idea
- Execute the goal – start to get the ball rolling and figure out what you need to do to make it happen
- Embrace the goal – this goal is an extension of you, so make sure you own it 100%
Whatever the idea is, big or small… it’s 100% yours. #OwnIt.
An Aussie girl gone walkabout in the great big world!