Drivers get so much input (usually well meaning) from all over the place when they are at the track. And most of the advice is contradictory.
For example, a coach would be trying to help a driver maintain focus and be relaxed, whilst his mechanic might be saying ‘just get in there and kick some butt – get mad!’. Meanwhile Dad says ‘with your attitude I’m not sure you want this enough’ whilst Mum says ‘take the pressure off yourself, just do your best’.
Now, who does the driver listen to? Usually everyone and no-one, it all becomes a confusing mess resulting in a tired and demoralised driver, surrounded by people who say he doesn’t listen.
This is a recipe for disaster!
An alternative approach – Decide for yourself what your mission in racing is, and have a clear plan on how to achieve it.
I’ve been working with drivers for years and years, and I haven’t found a way to shield them from the constant barrage of ‘helpful’ advice. In fact, all the contradictory chatter that surrounds drivers is just part of the environment they have to live with. Everybody wants to tell drivers how they should live, how they should behave and how they should drive….. it comes with the territory.
And if you don’t have a strong sense of why you are racing and how you will achieve what you want YOUR way then you will be constantly pushed around by everyone around you.
Eventually you will lose your own sense of why you are driving, in effect you will be driving for someone else’s purposes, and that will kill your motivation and confidence.
If you are going to be successful in karting your need your own sense of purpose, absolute certainty of why you are racing and what you want to achieve your own way. Otherwise what is the point?
If you have that you will be able to extract quality advice from people when you need it, you won’t feel attacked or disrespected. You will be able to relate what you are told to your own goals, reject the advice that doesn’t clearly help and use the advice that does.
And people around you will see you are on a mission, they will respect you more and treat you differently.
I help drivers build bullet-proof mental strength – I don’t preach or lecture, I listen and help them reflect on how they can make things work. Both in terms of the details of driving and in their whole career strategy.
It is absolutely amazing the difference it makes to drivers, when they can see that their own personal reasons for racing make sense and are going to work. Their confidence goes through the roof!
Go here if you want help building your own bullet proof mental strength, and super clear driving plans so that you are in control of your driving and karting future.