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The Mindset and Spirit of a Champion

April 24, 2014

Happy 54th Birthday Ayrton. Gone but never forgotten from (www.facebook.com)

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/

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.”

Ayrton Senna : A Champion of Champions

March 21, 2014

Ayrton Senna : A champion of Champions

Happy 54th Birthday, Ayrton. Gone but never forgotten!

from https://www.facebook.com/ZX10B3/posts/10202612894276484

 

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

“A champion is a talented (very) person with great character.”

February 16, 2014

champ

“A champion is a talented (very) person with great character.”

– the words of former All Black rugby player, John KIrwan and current coach of the Auckland Blues Super 15 rugby team. Kirwan (“JK”) is  also the front-man for the depression campaign

see  http://www.depression.org.nz/

The champions of F1 (Part 2)

February 3, 2014

Part 2 of a tribute video to the champions of F1

The champions of F1 (Part 1)

January 30, 2014


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