Life Lessons from Motorcycles: 7 Revs of Personal Power

Life Lessons from Motorcycles: Personal Power

Just like  the personal power of mortals, motorcycles pack an amazing amount of power into a relatively small engine. Click to tweet quote. Although most bikes have more than their rider ever uses, it’s reassuring to know power is there if we need it!  All we have to do is rev our engines.  Click to tweet quote.

Here are seven universal lessons about power.

Transfer of Power.

Motorcycle: To move off, power needs to be transferred from the engine to the rear wheel, ideally in a smooth, controlled manner. Even though the engine may be running, until you shift into gear, you’ll only sit there.

Lesson: Our power comes from our Self and our connection to the Universe. No one can give it to us and no one can take it away. Our spirit seeks expression and it’s our responses that determine how our energy is transferred.


Motorcycle: We manage the power of the motorcycle through the choices we make. How we apply throttle and brakes, along with appropriate gearing, determines how much power we access and how the motorcycle performs.

Lesson: We manage our personal power through the choices we make. Thoughts, emotions and behaviors control our confidence, self-awareness and ultimately our effectiveness. Our power is always there waiting to be accessed. It’s not something anyone else can give us, nor can they take it away. Listening to our intuition, being aware of interfering thoughts and choosing wisely bring out our best!


Motorcycle: A motorcycle’s power isn’t affected by the color of paint, customized graphics or cosmetic accessories. Click to tweet quote. Those things determine whether it’s attractive to our eye but it’s the engine where the power is. And the engine isn’t influenced by body paint.

Lesson: We come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. We can dress ourselves up with the latest fashions and accessorize to our heart’s content. It’s our spirit that is our source of power and no window dressing changes that.

Opinions of others.

Motorcycle: Whether someone likes a particular motorcycle or not has no bearing on it’s power. Click to tweet quote. That same engine is unaffected and is going to deliver the power it’s capable of, regardless of what others think.

Lesson: Other people form opinions through their own filters and life experiences. While they mean well, they project their own thoughts and fears on us. It does not change the amount of personal power we have. The first voice we listen to must be our own.


Motorcycle: An imbalanced load makes the motorcycle harder to manage and more likely to tip over, especially at slow speeds. Power is diverted from moving the motorcycle forward to maintaining balance. Evenly distributing the load and keeping it low and close to midline frees up energy to move forward safely.

Lesson: Balancing our workload and personal responsibilities, prioritizing our activities and learning to say no, helps us manage our power and energy levels. Looking after ourselves is the first step in both looking after others and fulfilling our purpose.


Motorcycle: Riding skills determine how we use the power that’s already there. Proficiency takes time to develop. As we develop confidence and hone our skills, we’re able to access and manage more power. We’re able to push ourselves further and accomplish more.

Lesson: We are capable of more than we ever realize. Our skills can determine how much power we use, but they don’t determine how much is there. As we increase our self-awareness and gain new skills, we tap into greater amounts of power, opening up more opportunities for us.


Motorcycle: While it’s true that modern technology produces more powerful motorcycles, it doesn’t mean that power necessarily declines with age. Actually, once the engine is broken in, more power is available. Proper care and attention can keep the engine performing at high levels.

Lesson: We don’t lose our personal power as our body ages. Our spirits are ageless so although our physical bodies may change, that personal power we each have remains with us and seeks expression for as long as we’re here.


This post continues exploring the themes introduced in Life Lessons From Motorcycles: 12 Principals of Survival.





Author, writer, student and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.

2 Comments on “Life Lessons from Motorcycles: 7 Revs of Personal Power

  1. Hey Liz.
    Very profound article and very nicely written. I always enjoy reading your newsletters.
    Keep up the good work Liz.

    Chris 🙂

    • Thanks Chris! Glad that you’re enjoying them. In addition to being fun and creating great friendships, motorcycles give us lots of stories. : )