Why should I keep going?
I think results, and the results that are important to you is the only answer.
This brings me to the massive event that Col undertook last July at the 24 hour GoKart endurance race here in Tamworth at the Oakburn Raceway.
Col is a motorsport nut (fan).
Anything with an engine that has noise and power, he’ll watch it or better still, partake.
He had the chance to be 1 of 4 drivers to race for 24 hours non-stop.
Having done very little racing, he said YES first, then thought … whoa… hang on … “I’ll be on the track with 32 other Karts going flat out. how the heck am I going to do this?”……..
“one lap at a time and don’t look back.”
The first lap was about 5 seconds slower than everyone else (a 42 second lap was good) and was passed by everyone. By the end of his first stint, 65 laps, he got it down to 2 seconds slower. Just concentrating, watching the quick guys/gals, and improving a tiny bit at a time.
Second stint of 65 laps was 1.4 seconds off the pace. Then he got cocky and started to spin out quite often, finding the limits.
“Each time I spun out, I’d collect my thoughts and off I’d go again, learning from that mistake.”
A perfect 360 spin on the grass then back on the track was cheered by all.
With many tips and encouragement from experienced drivers by the end of his last run, after 585 laps at 5am) he was on the pace.
They came 25th because of mechanical issues but in his eyes it was a massive win and I could never have been so proud. He finished.
He kept going and going and going…. One thing Col said to me after the race was that he would have never dreamed of racing anything at 3am in winter at 2 degrees.
The more I watched the more I would relate this to what I do.
To get the wins you feel you must have, its not up to anyone else but you. (could be a song)
Col was the driver and his results and failures (lessons) were completely up to him.
He had the tools and learned how to use them as he went.
Exactly the same as Polaris. We have all the tools, the direction and the support (pit crew).
But really its up to the individual to get the results they personally want and not rely on, or especially blame anyone else. Life lesson # 1
As Dory would say… just keep swimming, just keep swimming….
Can you relate this to your experiences?
Feel free to share them, and as Frasier Crane would say, “I’m Listening.”
Cheers Chrissy Greig
Laso, meet my friend, mentor and Personal Development Coach, Mr. Shane Krider