Inside The Mind of a Grand Prix Champion (from ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons’)

Article Title: Inside The Mind of a Grand Prix Champion (from ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons’)
Author Name: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Motor racing, Grand Prix drivers, Formula One, sport, success, achievement, mind, mind-power, motivation, champion, elite sports-people, excellence (enough there now, craig) and

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at
Obsessive…or WHAT!
Other articles are available at: and
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig
Article Summary
In this article, we’ll take a look inside the head, the “top two inches” of the very best, the fastest racing drivers on planet earth.
Publishing Guidelines:
We hope that the following article (some notes in point form extracted from one of Craig’s first manuscripts on sport psychology ‘The Winning Mind’ *, together with some thoughts from a new “work”, which he’s currently writing titled ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons’) may be informative and helpful to your e-zine readers, or on your web site.
This piece (as with all my writings) may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. If it helps others “out there” on the ‘amazing journey of life’, then we’re very happy.

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

Submitter’s Note:
Craig is currently “working” on a new manuscript ‘INSIDE THE MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION, which forms part of true and inspirational stories of ‘Endless Possibilities: Let the Journey Begin’.
In this article, we’ll take a look inside the head, the “top two inches” of the very best, the fastest racing drivers on planet earth.What does it take to get to the very top…in sport and in life?
Firstly and most importantly,
# TALENT: Work on what you are good at and what makes you “special”… and everyone has a unique gift(s). (Thank goodness we are all different!)
Ask yourself: “What comes easily to me?”
“Talent does what it can genius does what it must.”
– Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
# DESIRE (burning/great)
The competitive fire of “pure racers” like Canadian Gilles Villeneuve,. who gave his all with his ‘rage to win’.
“Gilles has a rage to win, more than any other driver.” *
– former legendary Ferrari chief engineer, Mauro Forghieri
“Once I climb into the cockpit, it’s pure rage.”
– the words of Indy-car champion, New Zealander, Scott Dixon
# PASSION: It’s a matter of loving what you do. You do it, even if there’s no money, no recognition and glory is/was involved…. initially.
What motivates you, what presses your “hot buttons”
“Do what you love… and the money will surely follow.”
# VISION: From an early age, these exceptional achievers had a dream, a mission for their lives.
Many champions had a childhood dream, to be a fireman, a nurse, a writer…or even a racing driver!
# CHARACTER (including mental character): graft, dedication + commitment to sustain you on the long difficult journey to the very top of your field. No doubt the top racing driver has had to make many sacrifices, financial, emotional and in relationships, to achieve what they have done.
# FOCUS and CLARITY OF PURPOSE: A single-minded pursuit of one’s goal, steadily and persistently striving for the very “top of the tree”… even though it may take years and years.
“The road to success is littered with failure.”
# WORK is a “four-letter word”! Putting in the “hard graft” takes a lot of effort and involves many sacrifices on the path to the very top..
# CHALLENGE: Champions love a ‘sense of challenge’ – to overcome huge obstacles, Even from an early age they wanted to test themselves against others; so constantly challenge themselves (and their competitors). To achieve the “seemingly impossible” on the way to the very top.
“Failure is only final, if it is permanently accepted as being so.

Success means trying once again and picking yourself off the canvas.”
– craig
It’s a “head game” in displaying your skills and abilities.
that of:
* power
* precision
* accuracy
self control.*
They put in the immense effort and necessary sacrifices preparing for the long hard road to ultimate success
# CONFIDENCE (unshakable) Champions are bold and take “calculated risks” in testing their own limits to the absolute fullest.

“Villeneuve is a champion and a guy cannot be a champion if he doesn’t risk and Villeneuve is risking, because he has what it takes. So we’re not going to drop him from the team.” *
– Enzo Ferrari himself (after Villeneuve’s unsatisfactory start to his time at the famous marque, with numerous crashes)
“He knew what his own limits were. Those limits happened to be different from the average driver and Gilles was prepared to use those limits more often.” *
– Villeneuve’s good friend, Ray Wardell
COURAGE… to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Talent on its own is not usually enough to reach the pinnacle of success!).
“The man had guts, skill and intelligence. His courage was far beyond normal standards. I’m not fearless at all; Gilles was.” *
– Fellow racing driver, Keke Rosberg (and father of current Williams Grand Prix driver, Nico)
* from GILLES VILLENEUVE: The Life of the Legendary Racing Driver by Gerald Donaldson (published by Motor Racing Publications, UK 1989)
Which leads to…
# The ability to handle PRESSURE: Self control and a strong mind.
“I began to free myself from the mental brakes and shackles that restricted my thoughts.”
– Five time World champion Moto GP rider, Valentino Rossi on leaving the all-conquering Honda team for Yamaha
# The ability to THINK POSITIVELY: to remain positive in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
# This is sourced from ones sense of SELF BELIEF.
# EGO: Grand Prix drivers have strong egos (often perceived as arrogance), being happy being “different” to us ‘mere mortals’. They accept their individuality, being happy “just being themselves”.
# THE WILL TO WIN: Grand Prix drivers, like all top athletes are driven by an almost pathological need to succeed.
Their confidence in their abilities is absolute. This is not necessarily arrogance; but a competitive edge… to be the very best at their chosen fields.
“I don’t want to live a balanced life, I just want to win.” *
– Mario Andretti (1978 Formula One World Champion)
* or words to that effect
“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
– Vince Lombardi, Legendary Green Bay Packer football coach
( I think US driver, Bobby Unser said much the same words).
The qualities of a champion are:
* talent
then the “D’s”…
* discipline
* determination
* desperation (they have the “killer instinct” to come out on top)
* dedication
* durability: The greatest sportsmen and women are those who’ve been able to replicate success year after year, ie consistently.
and finally and most importantly,
* the will to win
Whilst each of these elements above need to be present (in various dosages in drivers), these character traits are all inter-related. So ALL the ‘ingredients’ have to work in true harmony to reach the very top and so cultivate a true champion.
And each ONE of us can all learn from these champion drivers*, like Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Ronnie Peterson, Gilles Villeneuve, Ayrton Senna, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher… and of course, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and currently Sebastian Vettel
* and great motor-cycle riders like Valentino Rossi
If YOU set your heart on it, YOU too can became a champion!
Reach for the stars and discover the champion of life in YOU.
Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer + motor racing fanatic”)
“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
“Only when you’ve been in the deepest valley can a person know what it’s like to stand on the highest peak.”
– inspiring words from Richard Nixon, former United States President

“Success: 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.”

– craig

About the submitter:
Craig has been studying the minds of Grand Prix drivers, the champions (peak performers and top achievers) for most of his life. He believes in helping others to find their
passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for, then accomplish their “wildest” dreams. Craig truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish
their dreams, even ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE. and
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: and

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at
Obsessive…or WHAT!
“Our talents are our gifts from God…
but what we do with our talents are our gifts to God.”
“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and so become ‘ever more champions of life’.”

PPS: To dearest dad, see the dream never died. It’s just taken another course!



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3 Responses to “Inside The Mind of a Grand Prix Champion (from ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons’)”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Reblogged this on From Seeds of Hope To Endless Possibilities.


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  3. craiglock Says:

    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various 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,

    I do really appreciate your linking to this blog (and “writing in”), 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.


    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.”

    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: and

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –


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