There is definitely a balance in being a great motocross competitor. It takes a quality of great stillness, calmness and clarity on the inside while being at battle on the outside. Calmness on the inside (your inner feelings) while in the race (chaos on the outside). There are also great expectations and pressures on the outside while there must be peace, focus and confidence on the inside, that along with a good dose of talent and desire are the bottom lines. Although talent is somewhat of a God given gift, it's only one part of the entire combination it takes to be successful. Most of the time the potential is there but the rest is learned and earned. What many riders are capable of doing is extraordinary, what they are willing to do is a different story. You don’t just win the race on raceday; you win or lose it the other six days of the week, week in and week out, not just by what you do and don't do but also by what you think. Before something manifest (becomes real in the material world) it is first a thought. The proper preparation, dedication, determination, persistence, desire, commitment, scarifies and willingness to do whatever it takes and the will to win give you the potential to win. Even with all this in place there are still no guarantees. However, if these things are not in place there is no chance to attaining access to the top level of the sport.
Many riders have great potential but its how they use, hone and polish that potential over a long time span that makes the different between mediocre and greatness. Of course, the throttle is in their hand on the track but also in everyday life as well. Just like on the track you have to know when to back off and use good common sense and moderation. You wouldn’t keep the throttle wide open in the air or on super slippery ground. You also shouldn’t always keep it wide open in your day to day life. By the same token when hitting a big triple you better be into the throttle; likewise there are times in day to day life when you better be on it as well, balance on the track, balance in life. And you know what else, through all this good, bad and ugly you have to LOVE IT, a rare character in deed, a one in a million. For without loving it you couldn't consistently do all the hard work and make all the sacrifices in order to become great.
Check out the before and after photos of Austin Harvey. This change took just 5 months. After this getting tired in a race was not an issue for Austin. Becoming a top star in the motocross world was not what Austin wanted to keep pursuing. However, what he learned and the confidence he developed in himself enabled him to build a successful Car and truck detailing business at a very young age (19).
Know what you really want to do in life and commit to it 100%. Why not, what's the alternatives, it's only life, it does have an expiration date, you know?
Concentration - "The jack of all trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim". (Napoleon Hill)
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