Ricky Carmichael is known as the G.O.A.T of American Motocross, (Greatest Of All Time), quite deservedly so, after all he won 10 championships in 10 years. Two of those years, he won every single race (24 motos) which is absolutely incredible. He has famously said that you aren’t always going to have a good bike, and you aren’t always going to feel comfortable with it. Regardless of that, you have to find a way to win. This my friends, is the attitude of a champion.
I think a lot more people need to approach their racing like RC did. Attitude is key, it really is. If you have an excuse every time you fail at matching the best lap times, making the main, winning, or whatever your goals are, then you won’t ever be forced to figure out what you are actually not doing well enough to achieve them. I see this ALL THE TIME. I think that I did a bit of this myself in the past, but I did soon realise that it is no way to go about things. And had I not done that, I would not be here today.
Not giving yourself the out of using an excuse, you will be forced to figure out what the problem really is, if you are trying to improve. The wrong attitude is why you see so many people constantly switch sponsors, change car, change tyres, change this, change that. The excuse is “this car doesn’t suit me”, so you switch. This way, by lying to yourself, you don’t need to work on the setup and driving. I think if you are the fastest driver running a product, ok you may have a case, if you aren’t, you definitely don’t. And even if you are the fastest it isn’t said that you have a case. You have a case IF you have the right attitude. If you are truly doing your best and figuring out how to do everything the best you can, and you still feel like you are at a disadvantage, yes it could be true, but true champions STILL make it happen.
So next time you fail at something, resist the urge of using an excuse, figure out why you didn’t achieve what you wanted, and work on eliminating the problem.