A Winning Formula for Driving Faster

Performance & Race Driving Tip

Speed Secret: MI + A = G. If you’re unable to do something, you’re missing either the Mental Image (MI) of what to do, or Awareness (A) of where you in relation to your Goal (G).

learning formulaIf you have a very clear and strong Mental Image (MI) of what you want to do, and an Awareness (A) of how close you are to doing that, your brain will make you achieve that Goal (G).
For example, you want to take Turn 1 at full throttle, and you have a clear/strong MI of doing it. As you drive through Turn 1, you’re very Aware of what your foot is doing with the throttle. With both the MI and A, your brain does its magic and literally makes you achieve your Goal – taking Turn 1 at full throttle.

However, if you have a clear/strong MI, but are not Aware of how close you are to your Goal (i.e., you don’t know how close your foot is to flat on the throttle), you won’t accomplish what you want.

If you’re Aware of how you’re doing, but don’t have a clear/strong MI of what you want to do (i.e., flat Turn 1 – being able to imagine every detail of how that looks, feels and sounds), you won’t accomplish what you want.

Got it? Make sense?

You need a clear/strong Mental Image of what you want to do. You need to be Aware of how you’re doing, compared to that MI. When you have those two, your brain will do what it takes to make them match – and you’ll achieve what you want.

MI + A = G. That’s your mental math for the week. Use it. Get a clear/strong MI, and then become super Aware of how you’re doing. Your brain will take care of the rest.

Are you a business owner? A manager or leader in charge of a business? Interested in how businesses work, what makes them successful?

Take another look at MI + A = G. How does that relate to business?

Mental Image is just like a business’s long-term vision, or its strategic plan. It’s where the business is going.

Awareness is like the monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and other metrics that are used to manage the business.

If a business doesn’t have a long- term vision or strategic plan (MI), even if it’s looking at its financial statements and metrics (A), it’s unlikely to reach its ultimate Goal.

If a business is solely focused on its long-term vision (its MI), even if it has a well-developed strategic plan, without Awareness of its financial statements and metrics, it’s unlikely to reach its goals.

The most successful businesses have a long-term vision (MI), and are Aware of the short-term metrics.

MI + A = G. “It’s a dessert topping; it’s a floor wax” (for you old-time Saturday Night Live watchers). In this case, it’s a race driver improvement strategy; it’s a key to business success.

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  1. I have been using mental imagery ever since my last event at Watkins. In particular, I have focused on turn 1 replaying the execution in my mind. Mentally, I have completed the turn over 100 times. Each time imagining executing the turn I feel that I have been successful. Hopefully this has helped when I actually drive it for the first time this season. Thanks Ross for great advice!

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