The Mind, the “Top Two Inches” of the Great Grand Prix Drivers

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Article Title: The Mind, the “Top Two Inches” of the Great Grand Prix Drivers

Submitted by Craig Lock
Key Words: Motor racing, sport, elite performance, champion, champions, Formula 1, great racing drivers, racing drivers, champion drivers, Grand Prix drivers, Grand Prix champions, Formula One champions/drivers, mind, mind-power, “the zone”, success, success principles,
achievement , excellence (enough there now, craig!)

Submitter’s web sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

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

his various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
(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!)

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This piece (as with all my writings) may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. If it helps and/or encourages others “out there” along the ‘amazing journey of life’, then we’re very happy.

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

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THE MIND (MINDSET) OF A GRAND PRIX DRIVER

“It’s like a cure for everything. It doesn’t matter what problems you have – financial, in your personal life – and it doesn’t matter, if you feel really ill. All that goes away and only you sitting in this protective cell, this cockpit remains. I have never felt anything like this in any other way and only driving at the limit gives it to you.”

– former Swedish Ferrari F1 driver, Stefan Johansson from ‘Inside the Mind of a Grand Prix Driver’ , a most interesting (and fascinating at least to me!) book that I’m currently reading and researching

Submitter’s Note

Here are some of my notes from research into many books about the very best Grand Prix drivers (of all time). Other (many and varied) sources are from racing magazines, newspaper cuttings with quotes from drivers, many unknown .Enjoy my shared “true labour of passion and love”.

craig

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Does the racing driver think in a different way from us “ordinary people”?

They are not like you and I…yet we can ALL learn from them at the very pinnacle of achievement…

GREAT GRAND PRIX DRIVERS ALL have:

* Great DESIRE and passion

“I think of all drivers as pie charts. That can be determination, sheer natural talent, technical understanding, PR, personality, whatever. You can have massive reserves of natural talent; but it’s the hunger, it’s the need, that’s the dividing factor.”

“I realised the thing which made me tick was the winning.”

The desire to win is very powerful. It starts as a hobby that they become very good at, and then it becomes a profession.

You have the desire and the passion.

Those who lack mental resilience fall away.

The struggle is a measure of the driver’s desire.

“I think of all drivers as pie charts. That can be determination, sheer natural talent, technical understanding, PR, personality, whatever. You can have massive reserves of natural talent; but it’s the hunger, it’s the need, that’s the dividing factor.”

How much do you want this?

“And if you don’t want it that much, you’re automatically eliminated.”

* Excellent mind-management skills

“This was the reason why I was so strong in my head. There was no mystery: you can do it. But how you prepare your brain and yourself to do this all the time, that I still don’t know.”

“In his mind he was so strong. Ayrton had the invincibility in a slightly different way, because he was religious and he was protected by God.”

– Johnny Herbert

* A rigid self belief – no doubting one’s self.

“Before you believe in anything, you have to believe in yourself.”

“Every driver believes he is the best.”

* Sheer “bloody-minded” determination.

* Confidence (huge doses of it – absolute belief in themselves and their abilities)

“It’s a confidence (inner) that you have, you trust yourself…and your abilities.”

You compare yourself to the best, don’t you? You compare yourself with someone like Senna, who had the ultimate self belief all the time.”

They are:

* Very strong mentally, ie they possess mental resilience

“The great drivers had mental strength from the beginning. They brought it with them.”

Mental resilience is what Senna had + rigid self belief. Self doubt was what he did not have!

* They are committed (totally) to their endeavour

“Racing is the most ruthless examination of all the sports I have come across. It’s not about learning, say, to play tennis with a homemade racket; it’s about a total commitment – mental, physical, financial – from the earliest moments. And it finds out the people who won’t make that commitment.”

– the words of former F1 driver, Dr Jonathan Palmer (from Inside the Mind of the Grand Prix Driver by Christopher Hilton (Haynes Publishing, first published 2001)

“I discovered that overtaking is about a mental thing. If I can beat you mentally, I can beat you physically and you’ve had it.”

-Senna

They:

* Concentrate superbly… intensely

“A strong mind and vision in which we see things, the clarity during high pressure situations… and this is what makes some Grand Prix drivers better than others, and makes some of them absolute legends, like Schumacher, Prost, Senna – is that they can take more in… The capacity of Ayrton Senna was obviously only 100%, but he just needed 95% of that to drive his car at 100%; so he always had 5% left to look at the tyres, the strategy, the overtaking – everything you need to be able to do to be exceptional.”

* All leading drivers have a great attention to detail – things must be “just right”… even perfect

* Visualise the flying qualifying lap ahead (whilst in the pits) and the start, whilst sitting on the starting line

“If your brain is strong enough and your concentration is good enough, you do the lap time first in your brain … and then in your car and in your body. That is something the good drivers can do, but only Ayrton Senna made perfect.”

– the words of Karl Wendlinger, former Sauber Grand Prix driver

* they are deeply focussed sportsmen, so focus totally at the task at hand

* Compartamentalise their lives; so that they can isolate the various compartments to (in) their daily lives

“Senna’s mind truly was arranged into a series of compartments and he could isolate them, as required.”

“Ayrton got in his car, went out and set his fastest lap ever round Jerez, even though 20 minutes beforehand he had seen me struggling for my life. He was able to pull his visor down and blank that out of his mind. Then he went to the Press Conference, as he had to do, and then he went to the medical centre to see if I was all right.”

– Martin Donnelly (severely injured after a crash at Jerez, Spain in 1990, which led to his retirement from the sport)

and

* Continually challenge their abilities, their unique talents

* Push the boundaries of their abilities a bit further than what seems possible (continually).

and

there are no limits in performance, so they are driven to the very highest standards… to perfection

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A few final thoughts to end off…

WORK is a four letter word. Talent in itself is not sufficient to rise to the pinnacle of success. True champions work really hard (“their butts off”) in developing their abilities to the absolute fullest.

Fulfil YOUR (unique) potential (or as Abraham Maslow called it, “self actualisation”).

BECOME ALL THAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF BEING

If YOU set your heart on it, YOU too can became a champion…

and reach NEW HORIZONS in your own life

Reach for the stars and discover the champion of life in YOU through playing your own brand of music on the magical journey of life.

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer + motor-racing fanatic and petrol-head”)

“Success is doing the best you can, in as many ways as you can.
It is being just and honest and true – not in a few things,
but in everything you do.

About the submitter:
Craig is a motor racing “fanatic” ( a “passionate petrol-head”), who 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, even ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE.

http://members.tripod.com/~lock77/www.craiglockbooks.com and www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘The Winning Mind’ and and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’) are available at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

Craig’s new e-book ‘The Winning Way’ is at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WQSGEI.

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

his various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
(Obsessive…or WHAT!)

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“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

“A champion is not a title, but a set of qualities: Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with dedication, 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

“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’.”

schumacher

 

 

Fight hard and get well soon, Schumi!

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    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
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    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following 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.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

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    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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