Going All-In

Going all-in is about being fully committed to a course of action, a decision, or an outcome. Going all-in is about excluding all other options. It’s about putting a stake in the ground and saying ‘this is it, no turning back’. It’s about accepting that by going all-in, you are putting everything on the line, and in doing so, you have to make it work.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was intending to write a book, and have been conscious that it probably looks somewhat premature, given that I’ve only travelled the first (and arguably the easiest) 4000 miles of a 40,000 mile world tour. I’ve also been getting asked what the book will be about which, up until now, I haven’t been able to answer very succinctly.

Here goes in reverse order….

What is The Book About?

The book will be about, in a word, Cyclehacking.

I believe we are all here for a reason, to fulfil a particular purpose, if you like, and we have arrived equipped with a unique set of skills, talents and abilities to help us do so. The problem is we’re perhaps not using them at present to fulfil our purpose, we might not even know what our purpose is, and even if we did, there are probably a myriad of reasons why we can’t. Cyclehacking is the process of doing, learning and evolving, with the intention of becoming aligned to your purpose, and doing what you were put on this earth to do.

Doing – Is about the struggle we all face every day as we go about our business. It’s about the struggle we have within ourselves to find meaning in our lives from what it is we spend our time doing. It’s about the many ways we could be sabotaging ourselves, to justify why we can’t do what we’re here to do.

Learning – Is about looking at what you’re doing and asking, ‘Am I living on purpose? Is what I’m doing making use of my unique skills and abilities?’ It’s about identifying with the part of you that knows what you are here to do, and getting out of your way to do it.

Evolving – Is about applying the learning to what you’re doing, and going all-in. It’s about making a commitment to live the life you were born to live, and finding a way to live it.

Why Am I Writing A Book?

Frankly, I’ve learnt more about myself in the last two years than in the previous thirty-three and a half, and I want to capture and share that learning while it’s fresh in my mind.  I’ve spent fifteen years learning about the mind and how to use it effectively, only to find myself repeatedly derailed by an elaborate ploy of self-sabotage.  Over the last four months, through the act of finding and following my purpose, the years of theoretical learning have finally become practical, usable truths.  The fact is we all struggle with our inner demons, but by sharing what we have learnt, others can benefit too.

Self-sabotage takes many forms and has never been far from my door, but the best way I’ve found to avoid it is to focus on what I’m here to do. So, in a roundabout way, I’m writing a book because I’m terrified that if I don’t, I’ll derail myself again. I’m terrified that if I don’t follow through this time, I will let down the people I love most; the people I’ve abandoned to pursue my dream.

I’ve committed to raising £26,000 to build a school; writing a book will help to raise money towards this total.  Half of the proceeds from the book sales will go to Room to Read, the other half will go toward keeping Shurly Anne on the road, and me fed and watered.

Going All In

This ebook really wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s written on if I didn’t practice what I preach!  There will be a section on goals, and more importantly the systems within which to achieve them.

The book will be published and available electronically on the 16th of February 2014.

That gives me just 11 weeks to do something I’ve never done before. I can only pray that Parkinson’s Law, focus, self-discipline, the support of others and the fear of public humiliation, will conspire with the unseen forces of the universe (only accessed by going all-in), to save the day.

I’m all-in!

Each week I’ll share some of the content from the book in a blog post to whet your appetite.

I will also be offering a special launch discount to people on my mailing list, so fill in your name and email below (if you haven’t already), to get the updates and a discount.

If you’re feeling brave, share your own project or goal that you’re committing to going all-in on, in the comments below.

9 Responses to Going All-In

  1. Anne-Laure December 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I really like the themes of your book. They reflect quite of a lot of things I believe in too.

    Will there be a bibliography in your book?
    I would be interested to know what books/resources have helped you in your theoretical learning.

    I look forward to the snippet of your books :)
    I’m enjoying your blog writing, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy your book writing too.

    As for my own project… now that I will very soon have all my travel kit, I am committed to travel the roads (with the help of trains, my bike(s) and my own feet) of the UK at least twice a month. I want to learn more about Britain and its people. I have been living in London for three years and want to ask for a dual citizenship in another three, but I feel I don’t actually know the country and its people outside of the capital. And it wouldn’t be fair or even logical to ask for the citizenship of a country without knowing it much.
    I am also toying with the idea of creating a blog and recording my experiences and discoveries about this journey…

    • Fraser December 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

      Hi Anne-Laure,

      I’m pleased the themes of the book resonate with you, and I hope that what I eventually publish delivers more of what you enjoy.

      I will include an extensive bibliography and share some of the other amazing resources I have tapped into along the way. I won’t hold back on connecting you with the sources of my own inspiration.

      Living in London for 3 years with such an appetite for adventure must have been a huge challenge in itself! Your ambitions to discover the rest of the country by whatever means possible are admirable, and will surely confirm your decision to request dual citizenship.

      I think recording your journey through publishing a blog is a great idea. Writing is often a challenge, always enlightening and never easy. Committing your thoughts to electronic paper will clarify them, provide accountability, and share your unique perspective with the world – that can only be a good thing.

      If I can be of service to you, just let me know.

      Fraser

    • Fraser December 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

      p.s. If you really want to experience britain adventurously, cycle the length of it.

      You can see how I got on here: https://m.facebook.com/CycleHackerWorldTour?id=517858684896248&_rdr

      That’s the mobile link to the cyclehacker facebook page, all I can access from my mobile!

      If you click the link ‘Fraser Cyles Britain’ on my ‘about’ page it will take you to the same place. Just go back to the start of the facebook page for the full journey – that is what inspired my world tour.

      Fraser

  2. NoHangingAround.com December 6, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Not premature at all Fraser, I can see more than one book coming out of this – the difference it seems is that while you’re clearly evolving yourself (going by the articles), you’re also very talented at putting it down on paper….or laptop!

    About to head towards Botswana now, terrible worried about the wildlife but I’m “going all in” and I’ll be buying your book in February – Just added you to the links section of NoHangingAround.com

    Derek

    • Fraser December 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Hi Derek,

      Thank you for your support, I don’t have a links page to add you to, but will share a link to your site via Facebook.

      I wish you all the very best cycling through Botswana. Africa is a country I’m fearful of particularly because of the wildlife!!

      Stay safe

      Fraser

  3. Dave Falconer December 7, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Hi Fraser just a thought from the great traveller John Muir. “The petty discomforts that beset the awkward guest, the unskilled camper, are quickly forgotten, while all that is precious remains. Fears vanish as soon as one is fairly free in the wilderness” “Gladly I welcome the morning star”. Our thoughts are always with you. Dave & Rosanne

    • Fraser December 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi Dave and Rosanne,

      Lovely to hear from you. That’s a great quote – so very true, nice to be reminded that the wilderness welcomes those who venture into it, by putting you at ease.

      All the best,

      Fraser

  4. Darren December 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Hello mate, thought I’d just say this; I’ve literally just come across your site. Having been reading through Stephen Fabes’ Cycling The 6 website, I caught your comment in one of his posts and found your website. I’m glad I did. Great site, full of useful information! I too, will be undertaking a similar trip to your own, come mid-2015. I will no doubt have a few questions to fire at you at some point. But for now, keep riding, blogging and changing your life.
    All the best mate.

    Tailwinds.

    Daz

    • Fraser December 12, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Hi Daz,

      I’m glad you found my site too! Thank you for your kind comments and support, feel free to ask me anything you want, I’d be happy to help.

      Good luck with your preparations.

      Fraser

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