Where’s Your Point Of No Return?

Yesterday I went on a big bike ride of 133 miles. From the start I knew I had small window where I could stop and come back home. I also knew that once I got past a certain point of no return that I would be 100% committed and anything else other than finishing as planned would cause a huge mess.

For my ride yesterday that point of no return began around mile 40 and the doorway to quitting or easily quitting slammed completely shut at mile 63 – at about the halfway point. Yes, I entertained thoughts of quitting during that time but I kept going nevertheless. Once I was past that point of no return, then it was all about getting over the two remaining mountain passes and getting home.

When you have goals and you are trying to achieve them, do you even get close to the point of no return? Do you maybe push it to the edge of the envelope without ever going all in and commit one hundred percent?

That point of no return is indeed a magical place… is where you stop dreaming, stop talking about it, stop visualizing your results, and you just take that one single step into the unknown towards fulfilling your plan. It is when you ring that bell that can’t be unrung…

Can it be scary? You had better believe it, because once you go past that point, you have usually given up your sense of safety, security and comfort.

The next time you have a plan, or make a decision to do something, observe yourself and your follow through. Did you do it or not, and if you did not then why did you balk at the point of execution? What held you back from jumping into the abyss when you reached the point of no return? Was it fear, lack of confidence, or maybe it was a path that in the end you really didn’t want to take?

Sometimes turning around IS the best option.  Sometimes. Yesterday I could have easily came back home after a couple of  hours and would have still had a good ride but that would have been about it. Instead of turning back I screwed up my courage and kept going, welcoming the adventure that was sure to come but only if I dared to experience it and commit to going past the point of no return in my ride.

You can always turn around… but where is the fun in that?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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About 117 miles into my ride with one last big downhill to go. I am long past the point of no return here and almost home having gone full circle.


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