109 KMs. Every Day. For 21 Days In A Row.
When President Cyril Ramaphosa first announced a 21-day lockdown for South Africa, many were inspired to use the stipulated period of time to work on improving some aspect of their life, whether through exercise challenges or learning a new skill.
One such person is Paul Reeves. While on a drive to visit his parents just before the country slowed down, he decided to set himself a challenge: to cycle the equivalent of the Cape Town Cycle Tour each day of the lockdown.
Paul then went on to cycle five hours and 109km each day on his stationary bike in aid of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
On Friday 24 April, a week after he had completed his challenge, Paul sat down virtually with INN8’s Michael Summerton to chat about his journey. From the moment he was inspired to how he managed to ‘stick with it’, it was immediately clear that the lessons learned along the way were applicable to anyone starting out on something new: entrepreneurs, students, people wanting to get fit.
Below are the five key takeaways from the session:
1. You don’t always need to be absolutely 100% prepared to start. The key to success is to start
2. Once you have started, you have the ability to learn along the way and become better. Pay attention
3. You WILL encounter lows. I can guarantee this. Learn to adapt
4. Focus on the job at hand. Be meticulous in your focus and do not get distracted. Here, the key to success is to control only the controllable
5. Starting, paying attention, adapting, and remaining focused are much easier if we direct our energy to what we love and what we believe in. Find your passion.
Paul’s story contains valuable insight for anyone working hard to remain focused and think differently in times of disorder.
Listen to the full session below for some much-needed inspiration from a man who cycled 109km every day for 21 days.
This podcast was recorded on 24 April 2020, during INN8’s live webinar, 109 KMs. Every Day. For 21 Days In A Row. Follow us on LinkedIn or subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to hear about future webinars.