If there's one piece of advice that I forget the most it's "you can't control how this all ends up". In other words, no one can predict the future, and no matter how hard you try you can't control how life will will end up.
While mountain biking, and different from any other sport, we take a risk on a drop, jump or log ride with the assumption that it will work out in the end, but doesn't always. And that's the beauty of mountain biking, as a metaphor. We drop the through chasm of air and do our very best to plan for the expectation (safe landing), but in the end, we have to be OK with whatever comes our way.
It seems as though we can all get this concept through sports, but not in real life. We prod, ploy, politic, push and postulate on life and the ways it might end up. We try to force the outcome, instead of embracing it. Let go of the end result, and the essence of what is happening now will have a greater impact.