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Just the right amount of throttle.

I love motorcycle riding analogies. I hope it’s my love of the open road, but maybe it’s just my simple mind.

Either way, here’s another.

If you ride, you know the importance of balancing the road speed with your bike’s engine speed for the most optimal performance. When out of balance, you feel the machine below you laboring or even losing power and traction. At the wrong time, say in the lean of a sharp curve this can be dangerous. Or simply just distract from the pleasure of the moment.

But when it’s right… a tight curve on an optimized machine, WOW. The tighter the curve, the greater the lean and the potential for a better experience. Being in the moment with the road moving beneath you as you glide, aware of what is happening around you and fully in control. What a thrill.

Just close your eyes for a minute and imagine the feeling. Pretty amazing, right?

We experience the same in life if we consider for a minute that the engine represents our heart and the ground our present circumstances. We will appreciate the pleasure of the moment more fully when the two are in sync. And maybe even take more risk, but this will require our attentiveness and sometimes a slight adjustment of the throttle.

For example, by paying attention to the heart and areas in our lives where we are responding negatively, we can pull back and adjust our reaction as necessary. Affording us the opportunity to come back into alignment with what we really REALLY want.

Likewise, when we are operating out of sync with our purpose or values, we feel burnout and resentment. This is certainly not sustainable and even downright dangerous.

But, when we feel in alignment and have clarity while pursuing something bigger than ourselves, we have the confidence to apply the throttle and accelerate even faster.

A slight adjustment goes a long way to living (riding) with intention. Let’s enjoy the ride and the thrill of life’s moments. And lean baby, lean.


James Martin

I’m an innovative business strategist and leader who combines over two decades of experience providing technical consultation, human resource management, contract negotiations, new business development, and system integration management to lead start-up, turnaround and high-growth organizations through explosive market growth and unprecedented profitability.

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