It’s hard to describe to people what it’s like to ride in the Tour de Cure. Even after riding in 9 Tours, having covered almost 20,000 km around Australia on my bike, I still find it difficult to put into words what it’s actually like to experience being part of the Tour de Cure team, raising money to cure cancer, meeting people on the road and knowing you’re contributing to a great cause.
Perhaps an effective way of getting across what I’d like to say is to invite you to watch the Channel 7 TV Special “Beretta’s 2014 Tour de Cure” where we rode from Sydney to Hobart. Mark Beretta and the Channel 7 team have put together a special broadcast of the Tour that saw the team ride 1,567 km from Sydney to Hobart, visiting schools along the way, chatting to well over 5,000 children about cancer and what can be done to prevent it. The broadcast will be aired in conjunction with the Channel 7 live coverage of the inaugural Cadel Evan’s Great Ocean Road Race.
You can watch the special in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth this Saturday 31st January from 10am to 11am, and if you live in Sydney and Melbourne it will be aired on Sunday 1st Feb from 10am to 11am. It’s beautifully shot, gives you a good idea of what the Tour is all about, why we ride and where the money that we donate goes.
Since Geoff and I started the Tour de Cure in 2007 we’ve raised over $15 million, and as we enter into our 9th year and prepare for our ride from Adelaide to Melbourne, there’s plenty more to be done. Please share this message with your friends and loved ones, as the more people that see our journey, the more people who may decide to contribute in some way, however big or small, to put an end to this horrible disease, cancer.
Now that 2015 is in full flight and many of us have returned to our normal routines, I have a question for you?
What is going to stretch you this year?
Hopefully the readers of The Espresso know better than to treat 2015 as nothing more than a cut and paste of 2014. The brain loves new! We know through neuroplasticity that the brain, when used and challenged, can change its shape and become healthier. You do this by challenging yourself with something new. A new skill, a new hobby, a course, a new profession, an athletic or physical event or something as simple as the amount of sleep you get, books you read or steps you take.
If you’re reading The Espresso you are someone who likes to think differently. You don’t settle for the norm, you’re looking for the next cracking idea to unlock, you want to get your Mojo working. There is nothing that gets your Mojo working better than stretching yourself with a new skill, a new challenge or a better way of doing something.
So if you haven’t yet, grab your journal and start dreaming. What are you going to do in 2015 which will truly stretch you out of your comfort zone and take you to a new place of desire and success?
Welcome back to the Espresso for the New Year! We hope you had a refreshing break and are ready for a new collection of ideas to stimulate your imagination and get your Mojo working for the year ahead.
Over the break I met a lady who is creating her perfect world on Pinterest. For those who haven’t visited Pinterest yet, it’s an app that allows you to ‘pin’ or record visuals you can get from blogs, websites and the like to create boards. It really is an amazing and powerful tool that millions of people are taking advantage of. You can create a board of pictures for anything you like – homes, sheds, craft, art, food, business ideas, fitness, kids – in fact pretty much anything you can imagine, you can create boards around. This particular lady I met was creating her dream home.
This time of the year is the best time to start dreaming. What does the year look like for you? What do you want in your life? What do you want out of your life? I think Pinterest is a really interesting tool to allow you to collect visuals that can make up your perfect home, perfect body, perfect hobby or perfect life. By building a board and calling it ‘My Dream *whatever*’ you essentially have somewhere to store the visual ideas and concepts that you have been dreaming of. There’s a lot of power in seeing it visually and Pinterest is an amazing tool for doing just that.