Posts Tagged ‘Success’

Inspirational Video – The Don’t Quit Poem

June 13, 2014

http://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/inspirational-video-the-dont-quit-poem/

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

– “wild Oscar”, er sorry, Oscar Wilde

“Just be yourself. There’s no competition there!”
– me

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How to Cultivate Seeds of Greatness in your Life by Dr Dennis Waitley (from Inspirational Books)

April 27, 2014

How to Cultivate Seeds of Greatness in your Life by Dr Dennis Waitley (from Inspirational Books)

“We can all be great, because can all serve others in some way”

– as inspired by the words of Mother Teresa

“In our own little ways we can all do ‘great things’, merely by supporting and encouraging other people to feel great about themselves.”

– me

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/

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.
This piece (as with all my articles) may be freely reproduced electronically or in print. If it helps others “out there” on the pathway to success (and most importantly, happiness), then we’re very happy.

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

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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.”

THIS ARTICLE MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

“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.”

‘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

Don’t Quit (ever) !: “Fail your way to success”

March 18, 2014

Persistent Little Boy Gets Rejected

Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaiVX7BHnSE

“Failing is not failure… and is never final…

whilst success is never-ending.”

– craig (as inspired by the words of Dr RH Schuller)

from

https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com and

https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/fail-your-way-to-success-2/

‘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)

* *

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

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

March 8, 2014

everest2

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy

from http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/98221.Robert_F_Kennedy

Summary of the Book ‘Say ‘YES’ to your Potential’ – Part Three (by ‘Skip’ Ross with Carole C. Carlson)

March 3, 2014

Article Title: Summary of the Book ‘Say ‘YES’ to your Potential’ – Part Three (by ‘Skip’ Ross with Carole C. Carlson)

Submitted by: Craig Lock

Category (key words): Success, personal growth, success skills, success principles, Skip Ross, self help, inspiration, inspirational books,, motivation, empowerment, mind, mind power, life purpose, spirit, spiritual writings, dreams, empowerment, follow your dreams, words of empowerment and inspiration (enough there now) .

Web Sites: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lockhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.htmland http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at www.craigsblogs.wordpress.com

Publishing Guidelines:

This piece (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print. .

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

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Summary of the Book “Say ‘YES’ to your Potential” (by ‘Skip’ Ross with Carole C. Carlson) – Part Three

Introduction:

Craig has been studying the amazing powers of the human mind, as well as the “secrets of success” for the past two decades. This article (in point form for brevity) is largely based on my notes from a most inspiring and uplifting book by an American by the name, “Skip” Ross from many years ago (however the principles, I believe, are eternal truths). I am sharing this summary, the contents of the Amway man’s work in the spirit of encouraging and hopefully even inspiring those people, who really want to reach their full potentials, achieving their dreams in life, whatever they may be “to just GO FOR IT”.

Thank you sincerely, “Skip” and Carole for sharing (with humour even though quite “religious”) your most uplifting words of wisdom in encouraging me to follow my passion and to reach for my personal dreams. I (in turn) am passing them on through the amazing power of the www, as my dream is helping others to realise their personal dreams in life.

Now on the article (at long last!)…

* Dynamic living is continually in the process of accomplishing worthwhile goals.

Setting goals and pursuing them is exciting. Have a goal, look ahead, not back on previous experiences – as in the life of Jesus. Utilise the process of goal-setting. Decide what we want – what we want to do or be – then set the goal. Don’t look at the past; when we set goals on the basis of yesterday’s experience, we limit the future by the past.

We are goal orientated creatures. When the goal is set and you commit yourself to that goal, you will find a way to make it become reality.

Success: is it a destination or a journey? To be without a goal is to die psychologically. However, balance in life is the key. God has given us the equipment to achieve that kind of living. So start for the top and say, “I can.” The collected verses of Edgar A Guest.

3. Einstein said that the average person uses only 2 of his or her intellectual capacity. William James said 10. At best it’s 15. Often that great potential within each one of us is summoned at a point of crisis, and very seldom at any other time. We are richly endowed by God. There are so many things we can do, if we use what God gives us. The poet Robert Browning once said: “My business is not to remake myself, but to make the absolute best of what God has made.”

God made you a genius with supernatural potential.

4. GIVE and you will receive.

Life is meant to be lived to the utmost. Ecclesiastes 7:13: “See the way the Creator does things and fall into line. Don’t fight the facts of nature.”

Plant seeds of LOVE, not hate. The Living Bible says: “For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give – large or small – will be used to measure what is given back to you (Luke 6:36).” One thing we can all give – a word of praise .

Proverbs 16:24: “Kind words are like honey – enjoyable and healthful.” Give the word of praise for 90 consecutive days, and it will change your life. What you give you will receive, and in the process of receiving praise, you will be encouraged and become a better person. Expect – be open to receive, when it comes. By watering others, we water ourselves.

“If you hear a kind word spoken Of some worthy soul you know, It may fill his heart with sunshine If you only tell him so. If a deed, however humble, Helps you on your way to go, Find the one whose hand helped you, Seek him out and tell him so.”

A man is known by the company he keeps (or should it be avoids). George Washington: “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone, than in bad company.” We can’t afford negative people in our lives.

“Tune out negative voices from without and within” – American baseball legend, Babe Ruth

Concentrate (center) on your strengths and never allow your weaknesses to detract from what you do best. We need to control what goes into the subconscious mind; because it is limited in its ability to perform by the raw materials that we give it (like sowing seeds in a garden). Do selective reading/viewing by using the principle of EXCLUSION. Get rid of what you don’t want to make room for what you do want in your life.

BE happy and have great fun along the journey of life.

Craig Lock (Eagle Productions NZ)

“True success is just being the person you really want to be.”

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”

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

“God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us.”

About the submitter: Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make a difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy. His mission is in his own small way, is trying to help people live happier, more fulfilling and successful lives.

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 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.htmland http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at www.craigsblogs.wordpress.com

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

THE SENILITY PRAYER

“Lord, Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.”

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

Change YOUR world and you help change THE world…for the better”

THIS ARTICLE MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

“If the Lord makes you successful, I’ll keep you humble.” – a wife (I won’t say whose)

PPS: As they carry me to my deathbed, I’ll be saying: “Lord, Can you just give me one more hour to finish off one last article. PLEASE!” –

craig (as inspired by the quote of singer, Barry Manilow)

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