MIND Over Matter










Article Title: MIND Over Matter

Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category (Key Words/Tags): Sport psychology, sport, mind, mind control, peak performance, success, success principles, motivation, inspiration, sports psychology, sport, mind, mind control, empowerment, personal growth, self help, books, self help books, positive thinking and p
ositive psychology(enough there now, craig!)

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com

.Obsessive or WHAT!

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig

Publishing Guidelines
We hope that the following article (an extract from Craig’s manuscripts on sport
psychology ‘The Winning Mind’ and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’) may be informative and helpful to your e-zine readers, or on your web site. This piece may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. If
it helps others “out there” on the pathway to success (and most importantly,
happiness), then we’re very happy.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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Submitter’s Note:

Here are some of my notes (brief) from an “interview” with a New Zealand sports psychologist. I hope they may be helpful to you… in whatever endeavour in which you may partake. Enjoy…

“sports fanatic” craig



How to tap into the psychology of performance (peak) through developing your mental skills?

The importance of mental preparation

Keep growing in your mental skills

It’s all about performing under pressure

Push through the inevitable obstacles that get in your way with confidence that you WILL succeed (especially feelings of self doubt)

Have a PLAN, then execute it

The cream nearly always rises to the top

Don’t lose your plan

Remain focussed and don’t allow yourself to be derailed from your goals…your dreams

“Show me the boy at age seven…and I’ll show you the man.”

The science and art of discipline (self)

Achievers move (in small steps) daily towards where they want to go

Stand up for yourself and be proud of your past achievements.

Put in the work (“hard graft”) then EXPECT success

It’s a simple message: You have to do it …YOURSELF!

Embrace the mindset (positive)

You have to have clarity to move forward with the right intensity

Drive hard

When starting out on your quest, you need a person who believes in you and encourages you- reinforce a sense of a person’s self worth.


The best approach involves the “whole person concept“, eg. you are more than just a rugby player, – you are a father, husband, etc

Many top achievers are perfectionists- they don’t allow for failure- Be an individual, yourself first… and don’t let other people define who you are (and what you represent).

“Remember above all else…to thine own self be true.” (thanks dearest mom, your spirit lives on)

-Polonius in ‘Hamlet’ *



It’s all about performing under pressure.

“Mental strength in pressure-cooker situations is a key ingredient to success.”

– me

Control your attention on the task at hand – the very best sportsmen and women don’t get diverted. It’s what and how they control things in the BIG moments.

In team sports the team always comes first… and self second – the self mustn’t rise above the interests of the team (there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’, but there is ‘I’ in ‘win’).

Once you get the right thoughts, that positive mindset, then everything else fits into place.

Get the building blocks right.



Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer”, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder)

The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”
– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

Most importantly,
have FUN enjoying the life journey

“Success to others may be apparent in what you DO; but significance, meaning and purpose lies, then reveals itself in what you ARE and BECOME down the ‘river of life’ – how and the spirit with which you face, then overcome the daily obstacles, the frequent trials and tribulations along the often rocky path-way of life’s magical and mysterious journey. Light YOUR path brightly.”

“True success is being the YOU that you really want to be. Do not follow the well-beaten track of others towards success – like the rainbow, it is often an illusion always just beyond our reach. Make your own path and let your spirit blaze a brilliant trail towards the pot of gold, the prize for the gift – one that is uniquely you and YOUR successful journey down the river of life.

“Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with purpose, desire and passion. True champions live the dream, the vision of who and what they can one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”
– craig

About the submitter::
Craig believes in (and loves) helping others to find their passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for,
then accomplish their “wildest” dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on Formula One and the Formula One Mind are available at

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
– Chinese proverb

“A book is small enough to hold in your hand; but when you read it, the walls fall away and you’re in a room as big as the world.”

“A book, like a dog, is man’s best friend, but inside it’s too dark to read.”

– Woody Allen (I “tink”)

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com

.Obsessive or WHAT!

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.”
– Harold Taylor

“It is not as important to succeed, but to persist.”
– inspiring words that greatly encourage me from great South African writer and humanitarian, Alan Paton (author of ‘Cry the Beloved Country’)

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
– Colette

“The important thing is not to win, but to take part.
The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”
“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact,
empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

“One person with a dream can accomplish more than 100 others without one. If you have a burning desire, you can accomplish anything. The biographies of great men and women are full of stories of how they did seemingly impossible things because they had a dream.”
– author unknown

” Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

” I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.”
– Abraham Lincoln

” He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become.”
– James Allen

“No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you’re lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high.”
– Harriet Du Autermont

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”




“Rather than pursuing success, aim at adding value to the lives of others in some way….then you will achieve true success”
– me

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4 Responses to “MIND Over Matter”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Reblogged this on Inside the Mind of a Grand Prix champion.


  2. craiglock Says:

    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (and hundreds of thousands already on my other blogs … true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”
    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)
    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)
    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci
    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –


    “Let not our different beliefs set us apart as human beings, but rather let the Spirit of our shared humanity be what defines and unites us as common citizens of our planet.”
    – me
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”


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  4. craiglock Says:


    Pleased you like it, as I really love my “work”. I just write and upload into the vast realm of cyberspace.

    Thanks for the encouragement (the reason I write is to share) and all the best

    Hope you get better soon

    “total non-techno” craig

    “Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”
    – James Elroy Flecker


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