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The Mindset and Spirit of a Champion

April 24, 2014

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Happy 54th Birthday Ayrton. Gone but never forgotten!

Ayrton (Japanese GP 1989)

Article Title: The Mindset and Spirit of a Champion

from  http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/the-mind-set-and-spirit-of-a-champion

Shared by: Craig Lock

Category (key words/tags): Champion, motivation, inspiration, mind, mind-power, spirit, empowerment, sport, sport psychology, positive psychology, achievement, peak performance (enough there for now, craig!)

Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lockhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

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

https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/ http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/ www.raceinthezone.wordpress.com www.godandformula1.wordpress.com http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

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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THE MINDSET AND SPIRIT OF A CHAMPION
In this article we’ll look into the heads of the greatest champions… and perhaps we “ordinary” (what’s that) can learn and apply these principles in our own “top two inches”.
Here are a few thoughts on developing the right mindset, mentality to achieve “greatness”in whatever field you may choose.:

So what are the qualities, the traits (nice word that!) of a champion?
To “kick off”, here are the four “D’s” of important, no essential “virtues”:
* DESIRE: True champions have a burning fire within them. One that motivates them and inspires them to “challenge history”.

* DISCIPLINE:
They have a cast-iron determination to work really hard at their craft.
… to be the very best!
Champion sportspeople and athletes work really hard on strength and stamina (fortunately “matchstick-men” writers don’t have to make that sacrifice)

“And in this there is for us mere mortals a sobering humility in the knowledge that they have not just had the gifts, but were prepared to work far beyond the normal physical and mental boundaries to develop them to the full extent of their powers.”
– fine writing by Ian Gillies writing about former All-Black rugby player Ian Kirkpatrick in the Gisborne Herald (web site www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=17486 )

* DETERMINATION (driving) : to reach the very top in their chosen field.

“He is the embodiment of grit and determination.” (the “will to win”)

* DESPERATION (“God responds to desperation”):

The ability to “dig deep” in the face of severe pressure will produce extraordinary effort.

The Will to win
“He was the epitomy of the Springbok flanker: tough, indomitable and with an outstanding work ethic.”
– South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins on superb Springbok flanker Rueben Kruger, who died aged 39 in January 2010.

Then comes …

* Inspiration (after the work has already begun)
Now let us look at this mental area in a bit more depth…

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* Champions are intelligent people, who understand themselves – what motivates them and what “presses their hot buttons”. They know what inspires them and apply that knowledge. To do something about HOW to achieve their dreams.

* They possess the ability to compartamentalize their thinking.
A “meticulous mind”, being able to compartamentalize different aspects of their thinking. Like three-time world motor-racing champion Scotsman, Jackie Stewart said, they have great mind management skills.

They have the ability to do things automatically, sub-consciously… which is why they can take in so much information simultaneously and make many instant, “split-second” decisions – in motor racing this is sometimes the difference between life and death.

Champions are mentally strong. With peak physical fitness comes mental strength.
They have very strong
* Mental application to the task at hand.
* Total focus and concentration:
They have a great ability to concentrate, ie. total focus (on the task at hand). Champion racing drivers, like Sebastian Vettel are different from other athletes in that he has the capacity to take control of many things and make numerous split-second decisions in precise time.

A chrystal-clear focus on attaining their objectives (short-medium and long-term), goals and dreams. However, their main focus is on the BIG long-term goals.

* Inner CONFIDENCE. .. and that is why the mental as aspect, the “top two inches” is critical to achievement and peak performance. Just trust the process!

* COURAGE (great)

”It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Robert Francis Kennedy quotes (US Democratic politician, Attorney General and Adviser, 19251968)*

Unshakable belief: a passionate conviction in their abilities

Champions can bring out their “best stuff” at the right time, peaking at the biggest events.
“When it ‘comes to the crunch’ on crucial points, he has the ability to raise his game. He has an extra gear and knows, really knows that he is still going to win. “
– Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

* A “cast-iron” will… the “will to win”
When the “chips are down”, true champions possess “true grit”, a fighting spirit to succeed against all the odds.
“Champions are not made in the gym… Champions need both WILL and skill. However, the will must be stronger than the skill.”
– Muhammad Ali

* “A “killer instinct” – the fighting ability to succeed at all costs.
Failure is not something that defines who we are (as it inevitably happens to all of us along life’s journey). Failure is simply temporary occasions we have encountered along the road to eventual success. Failure doesn’t mean that you have failed – it’s just that you haven’t succeeded… YET!

So
FAIL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS!

“Just because you’ve failed doesn’t mean you are a failure”. We learn more from our failures than our successes.

“Failure is a hurdle, but far more importantly, the steppingstone on the path to glorious success.”

– craig

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– champion basket-baller, Michael Jordan

You only fail, if you quit!
* Tenacity (a spirit of tenacity in never giving up). Great!
A “champ” is down at times, but ever out!

* Consistency of performance. That is what characterised a person “at the very top of their game”.
They are extremely precise in whatever they do… and when in the zone” they display a “metronomic” consistency in performance.
They easily get into the rhythm, then maintain it for long periods.

* Integrity: Because, if you lose that, you’ve lost everything!
“Life is measured, not in years alone, but in achievement.”
– New Zealand Grand Prix driver, Bruce McLaren, tragically killed in a testing accident in 1970… and a humble, unassuming man of great integrity.

Finally… and most importantly,
Champions have a sense of destiny.
“Champs” love a sense of challenge. They are inspired to test their own boundaries, their personal ceilings… continually.

And YOU too can be a winner in the “game of life”
If you can dream it, then you can DO it.”
Then when you can Do it, you too can BE the champion of your own life!

“Shared by Craig Lock Eagle Productions
(“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager, People-builder and Dreamer”)

“As the artist of your own life, you need a sense of destiny – no one will believe in you, if you can’t believe in yourself…first.”

Then as the Nike dad says,
just DO IT!

Unlock YOUR potential. The sky is the limit!

sports-fanatic couch-pot-ato” craig

“Only when we’ve been in the deepest valley can know what it’s like to stand on the highest peak.”
– I love those inspiring and empowering words from former US President, Richard Nixon

“Greatness is forged in the valleys of adversity and even occasional despair.”

In the midst of difficulties and severe hardship, say “this too shall pass and will work out for my ultimate good”.

“To live your life in your own way
To reach the goals you’ve set for yourself
To be the person you want to be –
That is success.”
– author anon

“There is one only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way”
– Christopher Morley

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to
sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
– Charles Du Bos

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

About the Submitter:
Craig is a “passionate sports-fanatic couch-pot-a-toe/petrol-head”, who has spent much of his life studying the human mind… and especially the mindset and qualities of the greatest champions… those sports-people at the very pinnacle of their games… and their chosen sports.
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, COMMITMENT and PERSISTENCE.

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

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lockhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

– Ernest Hemingway

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

https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/ http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/
http://www.raceinthezone.wordpress.com http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com
http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstores”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift and encourage to reach their fullest potentials… and become ever more champions of their own lives”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS
To dearest dad, “a champ”, see the dream never died. It just took another course!

As Woody Allen once said:
“Life is what happens between making other plans!”

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind”
– Winston Churchill (in his speech to Harvard University in 1943)

“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.”
– me

Ayrton the very limit UK 1983

Ayrton on the very limit (UK 1983)

senna eyes

Picture from http://www.amazon.com/Driven-Grand-Racing-Driving-Limit-ebook/dp/B005WZ0ZSA/

The Traits (Qualities) of a True Champion (from ‘The Winning Mind’, ‘The Winning Edge’ and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’)

April 2, 2014

SENNA (nu)

 

Article Title: The Traits (Qualities) of a True Champion (from ‘The Winning Mind’, ‘The Winning Edge’ and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’)
Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words/tags): Champion, Success, Success Principles, Motivation, Inspiration, Sports Psychology, Sport, Mind, Mind Control, Positive Thinking, Peak Performance and Positive Psychology (enough there now, craig!)

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

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

and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com
https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/
http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/
http://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
http://godandformula1.wordpress.com/
http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and his various other blogs are 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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We hope that the following article may be informative and helpful to your e-zine readers, or on your web site.
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INTRODUCTION

Submitter’s Note:

In his latest writings Craig writes about ordinary people in exceptional circumstances and times; he tries to show the extra-ordinary in ordinary lives: As revealed by the generous spirits and the exceptional strength and courage of so many ordinary people in their daily struggles along the sometimes very difficult and hard, yet often so satisfying journey that is called life. Craig is currently writing true stories of life in the Middle East. And as he writes, is posting (sharing) various thoughts and extracts on his new blog at http://craigsblogs.wordpress and http://craiglock.wordpress.com
Enough of that (what’s that “intro” got to do with the subject of your article, craig?). So back to the article on sport… my great passion.

The follow extract is from Craig’s manuscripts on sport psychology ‘The Winning Mind’, ‘The Winning Edge’ and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons‘ and Craig’s new e-book ‘The Winning Way’ is at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WQSGEI (on which he’s presently “working”!!) . Craig is a sports fanatic “couch-pot-a-toe”, who has been studying the lives of champions for much of his life… and “what makes them tick, what presses their hot buttons?”. Here are some of his notes, that he’s sharing… (in point form) that I’ve made and collected over the years, so thought I’d share.
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THE QUALITIES (TRAITS) OF A TRUE CHAMPION
DECIDE TO WIN

“During the time of of practice and training, it’s 80% physical and 20% mental; but one the gun goes off it’s the opposite: 80% mental and only 20% physical.”
– the words of American swimmer, Mark Spitz (7 times Olympic Games medal in Munich 1972)
All winning takes place in the mind
True champions have the following characteristics:

* Total discipline

* Determination (great)

* Desperation, ie. an unshakable commitment to their goals (or cause).
“When I put on the helmet, it’s pure rage.”
New Zealand Indycar champion, Scott Dixon

* All champions have the great will to win

* An unshakable belief in their abilities.
True champions, like an Ayrton Senna, are able to find a new level (of performance) – when required, they have the ability to “dig deep” and find something very special inside themselves
* Resilience – it’s the ability to bounce back after setbacks.
“A champ is down at times, but he’s never out.”

* Patience and dedication.

* Consistency of performance

* An outstanding work ethic.
They work really hard at what they do, continually developing their skills. Elite sportspeople keep improving every year. Former multiple womens tennis champion, Martina Navritilova was only average on her early career, but improved hugely with dedication, effort and persistence.
Champions spend hours and hours of practice and rehearsal . (It has been said that it takes about 10000 hours of practice and rehearsal to be the best in the world??? I think it might have been Malcolm Gladwell who said that, but am not sure whether the statement is valid. What do you think?)

“FAIL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS”
Everyone failure brings you one step closer to ultimate success.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– basket-baller, Michael Jordan
You only fail, if you quit!

“Winners never quit…and quitters never win!”

The importance of preparation and practice:
England rugby player Johnny Wilkinson has prepared very well in his career with over 25000 kicks.
Pay more attention (focus) on your strengths than your weaknesses; because they, your strengths will set you apart from the competition. Lift you!
Champions rise to the occasion.

Elite athletes have a narrow focus
“Stay focussed, dedicated and motivated.”

– tennis star Novak Djkovic

* Great memory – for minute details. They remember well the precise factors, circumstances and conditions that led to their successes in the past. “A memory on how to move”, eg. Andre Agassi’s great return of serve.
“Super-stars” have a great sense of anticipation, which is learnt. And success (like failure) is a learnt habit.
Great attention to detail as evident in their professional planning the path to success.

* Also the ability to concentrate on many aspects at once…ie, managing their minds!

NB:

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.

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SUMMARY
Three resolutions:

* self reliance

* self discipline

* self responsibility
True champions have:
* Talent (“It was as if I was floating on a cloud of endless possibilities…”)

Talent may appear to flow so effortlessly, but doesn’t take into consideration the thousands of effort and practice put in by an athlete

* Discipline

* Tenacity

* The “will to win” (“an indomitable will)
“Strength does not come from physical capacity; it comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong)

* Integrity (you’re now just taking the first steps back on the road to rehabilitation and being “more human”, Tiger!)

* Desperation (a “cast iron” determination to work hard)

* Chrystal clear focus (single-mindedness)

* Consistency of performance (great)
“You look at Valentino Rossi, Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer – they back up year after year. I’m not getting too far ahead of myself, but the motivation will be similar.”
– the words of Jamie Whincup (back-to-back Australian Supercar champion)

And current All Black captain Richie McCaw delivers constant (and consistent) excellent displays of his rugby skills.

NB:
* Inspiration (they are inspired to regularly deliver elite performances)

* FUN, greatly enjoying what they do..
Discover, then celebrate the champion of life that is in YOU!

“If you can dream it, then you can do it!”

And have great fun along the magical journey of life…perhaps even floating on your own cloud of endless possibilities #

Shared by Craig Lock Eagle Productions (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it,You can become it.”

– William Arthur Ward

# that’s a metaphor, btw

“Life is measured not in years alone, but in achievement.”
– Bruce McLaren (New Zealand racing driver and founder of the McLaren motor racing marque, died 1970)

“To live your life in your own way
To reach the goals you’ve set for yourself
To be the person you want to be –
That is success.”
– author anon.

“There is one only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way”
– Christopher Morley

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
– Charles Du Bois

“I am not just a human being…
I am a human ‘bean’ just becoming.”
– My good friend and “wise” intellectual philosopher, Dr Andy Eastcott (thanks for fixing my teeth and for the most interesting discussions on life, “mate”)

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

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.

http://members.tripod.com/~lock77/ http://www.craiglockbooks.com and http://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 available 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
https://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/
http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/
http://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
http://godandformula1.wordpress.com/
http://www.sportforpeace.wordpress.com and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress
(Obsessive …or WHAT!!)
“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

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

PS:
Most importantly, have FUN enjoying the life journey

” 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

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

“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 and encourage to reach their fullest potentials.”

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“SPORT FOR PEACE”
“The peace of the brave is within our reach. We must keep reaching.”
– the words of former US President Bill Clinton in 1993 at the signing of the peace treaty between Israeli Premier Yatkik Rabin and the PLO’s Yassar Arafat on the lawn of the White House in 1993

PPS
See dad, the dream never died; it just took another course…
“Life is what happens in between making other plans”

– John Lennon

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

Jim Clark: The Most Naturally Gifted Formula One Driver of All Time?

March 27, 2014

Jim Clark: The Most Naturally Gifted Formula One Driver of All Time?

‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna

March 22, 2014

‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna

from http://www.raceinthezone.wordpress.com

PPS

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

The Mind of a Great Racing Driver: An Interview with Ayrton Senna

March 19, 2014

The Mind of a Great Racing Driver: An Interview with Ayrton Senna

‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna

March 12, 2014

Ayrton Senna with garland (fromespnF1.com)

Article Title: ‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna

Submitted by Craig Lock
Key Words: Motor racing, Ayrton Senna,, 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!)

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html 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

(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!)

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

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A SHORT “TRIBUTE” TO AYRTON SENNA:
LIFE AT THE LIMIT

Submitter’s Note:
Craig is currently “working” on a new manuscript, a “real labour of love” titled ‘INSIDE THE MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION’, where we’ll take a look inside the head, the “top two inches” of the very best, the fastest racing driver ever on planet earth.

This short extract forms part of a new manuscript titled ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ , which he’s currently writing.
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INTRODUCTION

“Allow me to let you in to a little secret. All Formula One drivers are pretty much identical. Occasionally you get one — like Ayrton Senna — who’s 0.1 per cent better than the rest, but mostly they all have the same ability. I mean it! “

– the opinion of Jeremy Clarkson (from ‘Top Gear’) on Grand Prix drivers

And Stan’s opinion…
“On the whole I agree with Clarkson – they are all pretty much the same talent wise. However, there are a few who are not only very quick, but are also able to ‘manage’ the car over the length of a race – looking after tyres, not over-stressing the engine and gearbox and so on. Then there are a few who are absolutely rubbish at that – the engine breakers and tyre shredders. So, if you put them all in the same car and asked them to do a quick lap, they’d all be within 0.1 of each other; but over the course of an F1 race the smoother drivers would rise to the top. That’s the thing with Senna – he was not only quick, he was very good at managing the car. You rarely saw him at the ragged edge, he never missed an apex (apart from that once and that wasn’t his fault) and you rarely saw him lock his brakes.

And my opinion (humble):
I think there can be quite some difference between the drivers on the grid, emphasized by the different wide disparities between the performance of the cars, especially today (some current F1 drivers shouldn’t be there). And a minimal margin of only .01% between drivers and the very best like an Ayrton Senna is most under-rated!

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The great* Brazilian world champion racing driver, Ayton Senna* once said:

* perhaps the greatest ‘racer’ of them all.

“Suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was kind of driving by instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was way over the limit; but still I was able to find even more. It frightened me, because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding.” *
– Ayrton Senna

* from ‘FORMULA 1: The Autobiography’
Edited by Gerald Donaldson (and first published in the UK in 2002 by Wedenfeld and Nicolson). Thanks for the great gift, dad.

Senna once said: “I am able to experience God’s presence on earth. God gives me strength and life is a present that God has given to us… and that we are obliged to keep it, to handle it carefully.” Faith needs work, like everything else. It’s about individual self-realisation. Senna’s faith provided him with an armour of self belief.

Ayrton Senna’s relentless search for perfection took him to places where no driver had been before…

“When I am competing against the watch and against other competitors, the feeling of expectation, of getting it done and doing the best I can gives me a kind of power, that some moments when I am driving actually detaches me completely from anything else as I’m doing it…corner after corner, lap after lap. I can give you a true example.

Monte Carlo 1988, the last qualifying session… Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anyone else, including my team mate with the same car. And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was like I was in a tunnel.Not only the tunnel under the hotel, but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit, but still able to find even more.”

‘This sort of thing happens to people at a very high level of mental and physical activity, where the intellect and the body combine and it becomes hard to say who is pulling the strings.’ #

# Sourced from ‘The Death of Ayrton Senna’ by Richard Williams (Publisher Viking, Part of the Penguin Group, first published 1995)

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A few final vital words to conclude…

“Look across all sport and observe the truly great. All had this zest for combat, this taste for being truly tested. All wished to explore the limits of their own possibilities.

Time after time we are forced to wonder why one great talent succeeds… and another still greater talent falls short? The reason is not mere “the will to win”. Rather it is the will to be tested at the very highest level. It is the ability to not only dwell on the far edge of sporting possibility, but to hold one’s balance…and to relish the proximity of the void.”
-fine writing from The Times, London

True champions, like an Ayrton Senna, are able to find a new level (of performance) when required, something very special inside themselves. If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” and YOU too can became a champion!

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.

Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer + totally unmusical motor racing fanatic and passionate petrol-head”)

“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

PS:
I see that recently Ayrton Senna was voted the best Grand Prix driver of all time by over 200 past and current drivers in Autosport magazine)

 

Ayrton the very limit UK 1983

 

 

 

Ayrton on the very limit (UK 1983)

 

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?'”
– Bobby Kennedy

“Our talents are our gifts from God…
but what we do with our talents are our gifts TO God.”

 

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://www.craiglockbooks.com www.webng/writernz and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on motor racing) are available at:

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html 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

(Obsessive …or WHAT!!)

“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

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)

For dearest dad and ‘pal’, another ‘champion’ – see the dream never died. It’s just taken another course!

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

Ayrton (Japanese GP 1989)

Japanese GP 1989

The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell

January 31, 2014

http://media.nzonscreen.com/0000/4968/4862.01.Apple.0110.HI.m4v

from a New Zealand film: The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell

 

Nice footage… so thought I’d share.

Enjoy

“just another petrol-head”

Sharing Some Quotes from the “late, great” Ayrton Senna

January 23, 2014

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Article Title: Sharing Some Quotes from the “late, great” Ayrton Senna

Submitted by Craig Lock
Key Words: Motor racing, Ayrton Senna,, 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!)
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://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
his various other blogs are 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!)

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

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SHARING SOME QUOTES FROM THE “LATE, GREAT” AYRTON SENNA

(from ‘The Yellow Helmet’ by craig lock)

“Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.”

– “the great” Ayrton

A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing is important to men who do it well. When you re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

– Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans (1971)

“Then you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my team mate with the same car.

And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.

It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit but still able to find even more.

Because in a split second, it’s gone.

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

Fear is exciting for me.

I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It’s a way of life for me.

I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s.

I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.

If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear.

I am able to experience God’s presence on earth.

It’s going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I’ll risk saying that we’ll be lucky if something really serious doesn’t happen.

Money is a strange business. People who haven’t got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles.

My biggest error? Something that is to happen yet.

Of course there are moments that you wonder how long you should be doing it because there are other aspects which are not nice, of this lifestyle. But I just love winning.

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit.

The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers.

Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down.

There are no small accidents on this circuit.

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These things bring you to reality as to how fragile you are; at the same moment you are doing something that nobody else is able to do. The same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile.

Wealthy men can’t live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.

When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.

Winning is the most important. Everything is consequence of that.

Women – always in trouble with them, but can’t live without them.

You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not.

You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.

Racing, competing, it’s in my blood. It’s part of me, it’s part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.”

– Ayrton Senna

Sourced from: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/ayrton_senna_2.html#ixzz1PeuTrxjj

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If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” and YOU too can became a champion (your OWN)!

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 (with thanks) by craig (“Information and Inspiration Distributer + totally unmusical motor racing fanatic and passionate petrol-head “)

“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

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?'”

– Bobby Kennedy

“Our talents are our gifts from God…

but what we do with our talents are our gifts TO God.”

About the submitter:

Craig is a motor racing “fanatic” ( a “passionate petrol-head”), who loves to test his own writing limits and challenge his imagination to the’fullest’. He 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.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various books on motor racing) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The Yellow Helmet is available at http://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Helmet-White-Helmets-ebook/dp/B006E8TABM

His various e-books on his great love/passion motor racing (including the White, Yellow, Red and Blue Helmets) are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

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

http://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.
Obsessive or WHAT!

 

PPS

THE WILL TO WIN

“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear –

(trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age);

To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit

Of courage is the epitome of courage;

To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself.

To triumph is to achieve glory

But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition

Of courage, of grace –

For the possession of these is the true glory.

Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well

And is primarily engendered by respect:

Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man’s shortcomings or faults

But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues –

For without virtue

What is man – be he on the track challenging the fates,

Or on a bed of sleep?

L.F.

(from The International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin, London in 1965)

“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’.”

“Aim at the stars, because you might just reach them.”

“You think you have a limit. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”

-Ayrton Senna

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Sharing Some Quotes by the Great Grand Prix Drivers (from ‘The Red Helmet’)

January 22, 2014

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Article Title: Sharing Some Quotes by the Great Grand Prix Drivers (from ‘The Red Helmet’)

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

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://raceinthezone.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!)

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

 

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SHARING SOME QUOTES BY THE GREAT GRAND PRIX DRIVERS

A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing is important to men who do it well. When you re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

– Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans (1971)

 

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“This was such an important victory for me. It’s the old thing everyone says: you win your first Grand Prix and your mentality changes. Before you thought you could do it; now you know you can.”

– the words of triple World Champion, Alain Prost after winning the French Grand Prix in July 1981

“I don’t give a shit for fame, I don’t give a shit for society. I don’t want to make friends with anybody who’s important. I just want to win.”

– Nelson Piquet (two-time Brazilian world champion)

Some balance in your life now please, Nelson (and not values to impart to young Nelson, jnr)

“All the top drivers are difficult people with complex personalities. I wouldn’t go so far as to say nice guys finish last; but the best Formula 1 drivers are driven, motivated, pushy, won’t-accept-second-best, immensely competitive people. That’s what makes them so good – because they’re bastards.”

– team owner, Frank Williams

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Ayrton Senna

(Recently voted the best Grand Prix driver of all time by over 200 past and current drivers)

“If anybody ever sold their soul to win a championship, Senna did; the commitment was just frightening. Every time he was in the car, he was out to prove to everyone, he was the next World Champion. Now he has done it (in 1988), and has the chance to turn down the wick that he’s been burning so intensely all year, he may be able to go on to this thing called ‘greatness’ and become the best driver of his era.’

– Irish driver, John Watson

“Suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was kind of driving by instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was way over the limit; but still I was able to find even more. It frightened me, because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding.”

“Senna is a genius. I define genius as just the right side of imbalance. He is highly developed to the point, where he is almost over the edge. It’s a close call.”

– British driver and now TV commentator, Martin Brundle

“Ayrton has a small problem. He thinks he can’t kill himself, because he believes in God and I think that’s very dangerous for the other drivers.”

– Alain Prost (Senna s great rival and triple world-champion)

“I think the guy is a nutter. He is completely out of control.”

– Irish driver Eddie Irvine, who became team-mate to Michael Schmacher at Ferrari

“Prost is very wound up at the moment – and I think, to some extent, he’s wound himself up. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen him lose his cool. Unfortunately, it seems that Senna has got the psychological war completely won. At the moment I think Alain’s motivation is suspect, although his motivation certainly isn’t. But I think being bonked on the head by Senna has, if anything, pushed iot downhill rather than uphill.”

– the thoughts of colourful former British World Champ, James Hunt on the Senna-Prost feud of the late eighties early 1990’s, which started when they were “equal number ones” at McLaren

(similarly to Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in 2008 but with far greater intensity and animosity)

“I think that, in comparison to Ayrton, my speed is OK. He’s just perfect. He’s confident within himself, after all the success he has had. It’s rubbish to say I can beat him. He’s consistently perfect.”

– Austrian Gerhard Berger

Ayrton Senna’s search for perfection took him to places where no driver had been before.

“Ayrton had won the race (1992 Hungarian GP in Budapest) and as I stood on the podium and tried to take in the enormity of it all, he was in a most benevolent mood. He put his arm around me, hugged me, and said: ‘Well done, Nigel. It’s such a good feling, isn’t it? Now you know why I’m such a bastard. I don’t ever want to lose the feeling or let anyone else experience it.'”

“Prost has a Wiliams contract and he has a clause in there which vetoes me driving… and there’s nothing you can do about it. He simply doesn’t want to compete with me in the same car.”

– Senna

Other sources of reference include the following publications: ‘Autocar’, ‘Autosport’, ‘F1 Racing’, ‘Grand Prix International’, ‘Motoring News’, ‘Motor Racing’, ‘Motor Sport’, ‘The Autocar’ and ‘The Engineer’.

“I love to feel a racing car around me, to feel the way it holds me.

I love to make it do all that it was built to do, and then a little bit more.”

– Stirling Moss, my boyhood hero and the greatest driver never to win the coveted world championship (he came second four times)

“That day I had everything turned on and firing on all cylinders. I was ready to do anything. Whichever way you looked at it, it was an extraordinary race. When it was all over, I was convinced that I would never be able to drive like that again never! I had reached the limit of my concentration and will to win. Those were the two things that allowed me to take the risks I did that day. I knew I could win; but I knew equally I could lose.

I was stretching myself to the limit. I was trying out new things, pushing myself further at many blind spots, where I never before had the courage to go the limit. I was never a daredevil, never a spectacular driver. I would try to win as slowly as possible. Until that race I had never demanded more of myself or the cars. Whenever I shut my eyes, it was as if I were in the race again, making those leaps in the dark on those curves, where I had never before had the courage to push things so far. For two days I experienced delayed action apprehension at what I had done, a feeling that had never come over me after any other race, a feeling that still returns to me this day when I think about that time. I had never driven as I drove then; but I also knew I’d never be able to go as fast again- ever!”

And Juan Manuel Fangio didn’t. That epic race, the German Grand Prix in the year 1957 was to be the five-time Argentinian world champion’s last victory!

I was taught that everything is attainable, if you re prepared to give up, to sacrifice, to get it. Whatever you want to do, you can do it, if you want to do it badly enough. However, most humans quit too soon in life.”

– former British racing driver Stirling Moss’s famous quote

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“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine, that still stirs witin each one of us.”

– the words of Barack Obama in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” as YOU too “get into your own zone”.

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!

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

“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

” I truly believe we can ALL create and enthuse magic into ‘so-called humdrum little lives’. You don’t just have to be the choreographer, or the conductor of your life script – rather paint your life as the masterpiece it could (one day) be. There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul, that flows through the spirit of God.

So don’t spend your days stringing and tuning your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes of music right now.”

“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 is a motor racing “fanatic” ( a 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 COMMITMENT and PERSISTENCE.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various books on motor racing) are available at:

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

His new books ‘The Winning Way and ‘The Red Helmet’ are already available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YCTWFW)

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

http://raceinthezone.wordpress.com
(Obsessive…or WHAT!)

“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’.”

These thoughts may be freely published

PPS

THE WILL TO WIN

“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear –

(trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age);

To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit

Of courage is the epitome of courage;

To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself.

To triumph is to achieve glory

But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition

Of courage, of grace –

For the possession of these is the true glory.

Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well

And is primarily engendered by respect:

Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man’s shortcomings or faults

But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues –

For without virtue

What is man – be he on the track challenging the fates,

Or on a bed of sleep?

L.F.

(from The International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin, London in 1965)

“Aim at the stars, because you might just reach them.”

For dearest dad and ‘pal’, another ‘champion’ – see the dream never died…it’s just taken another course!

“Sometimes you have to give up the life you had planned… in order to live the life you were meant to live.”

A Tribute to Ayrton Senna (21st March 1960 – 1st May 1994): Ayrton ‘In the Zone’ : ‘Senna’ – A Film “Review”

January 21, 2014

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Article Title: A Tribute to Ayrton Senna: Ayrton ‘In the Zone’ : ‘Senna’ – A Film “Review”
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Ayrton Senna, Motor racing, motor sport, Grand Prix drivers, film “reviews”, “book reviews”, Formula One, “the zone”, “in the zone”, ‘Racing in the Zone’, ‘FI in the Zone’, Grand Prix racing, sport, success, achievement,
peak performance, mind, mind-power, motivation, champion, elite sports-people, excellence (enough there now, craig)
Web site:
http://thinkingorsitting.blogspot.com/2011/01/ayrton-senna-documentary-wins-top.html

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

(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:

All my articles may be freely published. If this article is published, please acknowledge the source, thanks.

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

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A TRIBUTE TO AYRTON SENNA: AYRTON ‘IN THE ZONE’

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’

I came across this great (and well-written) article by a former F1 photographer named Carlos in my research for a book I’m currently writing to be titled ‘Racing in the Zone’ and/or ‘F1 In The Zone’, so am sharing as a tribute to the “late and great” Ayrton Senna. (Thanks, Carlos). So enjoy…

“A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

– Steve McQueen in the film ‘Le Mans’ (1971)

Racing, competing, he said, it ‘s in my blood. It s part of me, it’s part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.

And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

And suddenly I realized that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.”

-The “late great” Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna Documentary Wins Top Honours at Sundance Film Festival

From:

http://thinkingorsitting.blogspot.com/2011/01/ayrton-senna-documentary-wins-top.html

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ayrton Senna was the greatest race-car driver of all time. He occupies a singular place at the pinnacle of Formula 1 racing, above the greats of the sport, from Juan Manuel Fangio and Jim Clark to Gilles Villeneuve and Formula 1’s “winningest” champion, Michael Schumacher. In Brazil Ayrton Senna stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Pele, the world s all-time greatest footballer and FIFA s athlete of the century, in legendary stature.

And what a legend he was. Ayrton Senna s awesome talent was off the charts. A racing writer who had considered Gilles Villeneuve to be the best and most spectacular racecar driver ever changed his mind after watching hours of film of Senna’s races. He realized, he said, that Senna was spectacular all of the time. Yesterday, the documentary Senna received top honours in its category at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Here is a review. It seems to be an exceptional film about an exceptional man.

Ayrton Senna pushed the envelope to its very limit. He redefined pushing the envelope. He stepped outside it and took one, two, three a four steps beyond where anyone had ever gone. Or could go. It’s been said there is no more intense human activity short of war than Formula 1 racing. Or at least the Formula 1 racing of the 80s and 90’s, when Senna reigned supreme over rivals Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, and fellow countryman Nelson Piquet.

There was one memorable confrontation between Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet during the Hungarian Grand Prix that recalled that famous scene in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ in which the two rivals play a game of chicken by drag racing to the edge of a precipice. Whoever brakes first “chickens out” and loses the game. Piquet was in the lead going into the straightaway with Senna fast on his tail.

Nelson Piquet had the better team, the better car, Williams, and was vying for the World Driving Championship, which he would go on to win that year. Senna was the “young gun” driving for Lotus, the legendary team of hat-tossing Colin Chapman. Lotus had seen better days with another famous Brazilian racer, Emerson Fittipaldi, and then Mario Andretti at the wheel, as they steered its striking John Player Special black-and-gold cars to World Driving and Constructors Championships.

As Senna zoomed up behind Piquet, drafting and dancing in his mirrors, which did not faze the unflappable Piquet, famous for having the lowest heart rate in the drivers community and snoozing in his car during a race start delay – he was piloting an inferior Lotus race-car, which had won its last Grand Prix races, back-to-back, earlier that year at Monaco and Detroit, owing to Senna s prodigious talent.

They raced down the straightaway flat-out, sparks flying as the cars bottomed out on the rough Hungarian track. Piquet had the lead and the inside line. Then Senna made his move. He swung outside and pulled up alongside Piquet. They were racing wheel-to-wheel toward a hard-braking sharp right-hand turn at the end of the straightaway. Senna was supremely confident of his ability to outbrake anyone going into a turn and still maintain control of the car. Piquet knew it. He knew that if he braked too soon, he would be overtaken by Senna. Too late and he would be forced to over-compensate, losing his line and taking a wide outside turn. He knew Senna would shoot the inside gap and have him, either way. So Piquet took the only option left to retain the lead. He dived into the corner, “hot” braking (ever so) late and hard, going into a controlled skid. Piquet’s rear end waggled momentarily; but then his tires gripped asphalt and accelerated out, holding his line, with Senna’s black Lotus boring in and riding up his tail.

It was racing in its purest form. Nelson Piquet had the better car, yet had to summon every trick in his arsenal to hold off the hard-charging Ayrton Senna. It was a risky manoeuvre, but it probably saved Piquet the championship. I remember thinking, ‘Yo Senna, cut your compadre a break; he s got enough troubles handling teammate Nigel Mansell without you giving him a hard time’.

But that’s not how Ayrton Senna thought. He finished second that day, behind Piquet, and looked none too happy about it. Senna once said about losing: “Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.”

Senna had many memorable quotes:

Racing, competing, he said, it ‘s in my blood. It s part of me, it’s part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.

And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

And suddenly I realized that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.”

(His famous words on qualifying at Monaco in 1988, when he was almost in a zen-like state and almost an unheard of 2 seconds faster than his nearest and bitterest rival)

Having seen Ayrton Senna drive at the peak of his Zen-like performance, it once occurred to me that the phrase ‘in the zone’ could have been conjured up with him in mind. After several unsuccessful attempts to capture this ethereal quality, because he was too fast for my camera’s shutter, I think I got close with this shot of Senna on his way to winning the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. It’s not a camera trick or Photoshop. Everything around him is a speed blur. But Senna’s famous red and white McLaren stands out in high relief, as if floating within a bubble of calm. Not too bad for an amateur photographer!

That was Ayrton Senna ‘in the zone’. Some of those performances were so amazing that he’d take the lead and keep increasing it until he had lapped almost the entire field and was nearly a minute ahead of his closest competitor. That is unheard of. Senna lost a few races this way, such that once having eliminated his competition early, he raced against himself trying to top his own personal best. With fewer than ten laps remaining, he didn t fail, but his car sometimes did, breaking down mechanically. It was frustrating to think that if only he’d eased off, he could have coasted to victory. But that wasn’t Ayrton Senna.

On compromise, this is what the uncompromising Ayrton Senna had to say: “You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not. (President Obama must have channeled Senna, when he was criticized for compromising on taxes with the Republicans.)

Ayrton Senna had a sense of fatalism about how he lived his life. Four months before his death, he said: “If I m going to live, I want to live fully. Very intensely, because I am an intense person. It would ruin my life if I had to live partially.”

Posted by Carlos at Monday, January 31, 2011

From:

http://thinkingorsitting.blogspot.com/2011/01/ayrton-senna-documentary-wins-top.html

Thanks for sharing a great piece of writing, Carlos…. which in turn, I’m passing on…

craig (another passionate F1 fan)

If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” as YOU too “get into your own zone”.

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!

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

“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

” I truly believe we can ALL create and enthuse magic into ‘so-called humdrum little lives’. You don’t just have to be the choreographer, or the conductor of your life script –
rather paint your life as the masterpiece it could (one day) be. There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul, that flows through the spirit of God. So don’t spend your
days stringing and tuning your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes of music right now.”

“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 is a motor racing “fanatic” ( a 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.
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’

He’s also currently writing a new book to be titled ‘Racing in the Zone’ and/or ‘F1 In The Zone’. Obsessive or WHAT!!!

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

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

(Obsessive…or WHAT!)

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“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’.”

This article may be freely published, with acknowledgment to the source web site, thanks

PPS

For dearest dad and ‘pal’, another ‘champion’ – see the dream never died…it’s just taken another course!

“Sometimes you have to give up the life you had planned… in order to live the life you were meant to live.”

“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari… with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”
for dearest mom and dad, your spirits lives on (forever)
thanks for all the support, encouragement and especially love
“All the world will be happier and better, when the men and women have the souls of artists,, like that of an Ayrton Senna.
– craig (as inspired by Rodin’s famous words)
PPS
Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna