23 Principles

Skyline XC Mountain Biking Race

Climbing Mountains Makes Everything Else Easier.

Over the past two decades, I’ve been completely inspired by my love of mountain biking. And when the pandemic hit us hard in 2020, I decided to hit the trails even harder. When you ride as much as I do, there’s so much time to reflect and think about what makes us happy, feel loved, rewarded, and successful. The list goes on. Last year I climbed 284,000 feet and rode over 2500 miles on my mountain bike. I spent the time on my bike thinking about the critical lessons or principles I and others could live by to build a more happy and fulfilling life. Bad things can often come from good, and 2020 led me to the creation of a set of 23 Principles I’ve developed learning from one of the world’s most exciting and challenging sports, mountain biking. Through this amazing sport, I’ve meticulously extracted the life and business principles that it elegantly, but fiercely unveils. I fell in love with mountain biking 20 years ago tearing up the Golden Gate Park while living in San Francisco. I’d ride night and day, nearly every day of the week through the park down to Ocean Beach with reckless abandon. I became a fire road queen climbing Mount Tam in Marin. Then deepened my wild heart racing through the byzantine network of glorious single track, balanced with perfect fire roads through Sonoma County’s redwood and oak forests. It was here one day riding Lawndale – Schultz loop that I began documenting and analyzing what I feel is a complete and exhaustive list of steps individuals, and teams can take to create immediate life changes and success. So, I invite you to dive in with me with brave optimism. 23 Principles by Liz Donahey

The 23 Principles

1. Don’t be afraid to ride.

2. Get the gear you need.

3. Play to your strengths.

4. Maintain optimal stamina.

5. Be balanced.

6. Lead in front.

7. Fall back.

8. Partner well.

9. Be in the right position.

10. Fall well.

11. Manage your mental power.

12. Switch gears smoothly.

13. Pick your lines wisely.

14. Commit to your ride.

15. Know your limitations.

16. Know your competition.

17. Look far ahead and close at the same time.

18. Momentum is your friend.

19. Visualize getting to the top.

20. Go with the flow.

21. Keep trying new challenging.

22. Don’t over or under-react.

23. Enjoy the ride.

Other sports yield a ton of life lessons, but this is not about other sports. Mountain biking offers a unique set of 23 principles thanks to the demanding combination of mental and physical skills and strengths that drive our individual performance improvement and success.23 Principles by Liz Donahey23 Principles by Liz Donahey

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