Recently I was talking among friends about my Health Promise and daily routine of going to the gym by riding my bike back and forth before and after a challenging workout.
I love this routine, as it is downhill, takes 15 minutes, and is the perfect pre-workout exercise as I joyfully fly to my gym, VASA.
I then push the weights in the gym as hard as I can for 30-45 minutes, sit in the sauna for 10-15 minutes, and instead of returning to the parking lot to my car (as I will in the winter when it’s snowing), I put my helmet on and begin the arduous climb uphill to my home on the bike, which takes about 20 minutes.
My buddy razzed me by saying to our friend, “Yeah, but remember, it is an eBike!”
They laughed in my face, both much more fit than me, as they would never resort to using an eBike due to their histories of triathlons, OrangeTheory and CrossFit, and it was a friendly dig among pals, but also certainly rubbed me the wrong way.
I was surprised this was brought up as a subtle slight to my valiant efforts, as if I were “cheating“, and truth be known: I have used the eBike feature only 2 times out of about 40 when returning up the hill, both times in hailstorms that came out of nowhere in our monsoonal high desert summers, as I got caught unaware of the weather issues and would have been stranded without the eBike assist option.
I mentioned this but the ribbing continued, as if the workouts didn’t count since I had purchased, and was utilizing the beneficial incredible features of, an eBike.
Candidly: I avoided buying a bike for years because of the hills for which I couldn’t make it up and knew it was pointless.
Until the eBike option came along, I couldn’t even consider getting around this area of hills, mountains, and challenges my body has never been capable of conquering, resorting to the “walk my bike up the hill of shame” while dudes in spandex onesies rode by me on their $10k+ Fezzari’s by their own superhuman strength while listening to a book by Lance Armstrong on Audible.
Oh, the irony.
Last summer I finally pulled the trigger and bought a more than I wanted to pay for it TREK eBike. I rode it happily 3 times and then…broke my leg. The injury came while playing basketball with my sons, and you can imagine how thankful I’ve been to ride this bike this year, as a perfect therapy, for both body and soul.
To know I have the option of turning on the eBike assist mode when I absolutely am in need of it is a great comfort and allows me to go where I never could have before! I recommend an eBike for anyone that has been wanting to get on a bike but doesn’t feel they can make it up a hill…it’s a miracle for people like me.
I have enjoyed exploring many new places due to having an eBike, and it has greatly enriched my life and happiness this summer.
And that brings us to the power and miracle that is AI and ChatGPT.
If you haven’t logged in and tried these advances in technology out, it may be the most fun I’ve had working or writing in years.
Recently I was stuck on a concept, and needed to come up with some content that just wasn’t coming no matter how I wracked my brain. For hours I struggled alone.
Then I logged into ChatGPT.
I hadn’t had much success with it prior, and wasn’t impressed. But I watched a tutorial that really opened my mind and learned the key phrase: “Garbage in, garbage out.” I needed to give it better suggestions, ask the right questions.
I asked a few very specific questions and, within seconds, ChatGPT had articulated for me what was missing from my own thinking.
I was astounded at how great it was!
It wasn’t exactly what I needed, rather it sparked my mind to create on top of what it gave me.
It was as if I had another version of my own brain sitting next to me, collaborating, taking suggestions, but from a different point of view.
ChatGPT is the eBike of ideas!
I tested it further – “Can you write a talk about…”
It was pretty good! Not perfect, but it triggered all of the pieces I needed to then fill in with my own stories and ideas.
I then learned of an AI program that allowed me to load in full length videos 10-15 minutes long, which I had previously paid a lot of money to produce, and asked it to make shorter and appealing 30-60 second social media clips.
Within 8 minutes I had enough content for the next month on social media, which would take a normal editor weeks of back and forth between my instruction and requests and their trying to get it right.
Were the edits perfect? Nope. But we can edit them from where it got us.
These are the beauties of integrating technology into our lives – to help us get where we couldn’t before, alone, on our own, yet still needing to put forth the effort, ask the right questions, and still do our part.
I sent it to my team, we are utilizing it’s power now. We’ve never gotten this amount of work done so fast, so efficiently, so joyfully!
It isn’t a substitute, it is a collaborative effort, and honestly, that’s the word I have to use: a JOYFUL one!
Discovering these latest options have amped up my life in business, in health, in joy as a human being.
I find that fascinating and exciting.
It helps me live The Promise that much more.
You may wonder – did ChatGPT help me with this blog? Not today, it’s just me writing it as I normally would. But in the future, yes, I very well may send it through after writing my normal way and say, “ChatGPT – shorten and improve my writing from a 5 minute read to a 2.5 minute read and keep it just as interesting, entertaining, and joyful.”
But today I’m going it alone, like the guy on the bike who doesn’t need the eBike assist to get up the hill…
I can still do it, but as I move into the future, it’s nice to know I don’t have to go it alone.
How about you?
What has been your experience with ChatGPT, AI, or even an eBike and other tech that has enhanced your life and helped you live The Promise?
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