Performance & Race Driving Tip
Speed Secret: The more you learn, the better you get; the better you get, the more you win. Focus on learning, and you’ll win more often.
What if you looked at every session you spend on a race track as simply a learning opportunity… what if you looked at your objective as being to learn, instead of “how fast can I go?” or “winning a race”? What if you focused entirely on learning?
Perhaps you would learn how to go faster, and that would make you happy. Perhaps by going faster, you would place better in the races you compete in.
So often, when we focus on our speed, our lap time, our race result, we don’t learn as much. Our focus is on the result, and not on the act that leads to the results – not on improving.
When you improve, it’s more likely you’ll get the result you want.
Think about that. Then focus on what you can learn. Make learning an objective.
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I agree, but how do you measure “learning”?? You need some formula to measure improvements.
Claude – Great question. To me, there is a difference between learning and improvement. One would hope that learning would lead to improvement! But what I’m talking about is learning, and you’re asking about measuring improvement. My main point, though, is that when you focus all your attention on the measurement (the result), you’re less likely to learn, and therefore less likely to get the improvement that you’re after. When you simply focus on learning, you learn – and when you learn, you almost always improve. And after the fact – after the performance of driving – you can check your results (lap times, position, or some subjective measurement). The key is to measure it afterwards, and not during driving. During driving you should be focused on learning. Thousands of drivers I’ve worked with have proven that most times (there are always exceptions to the rule) when a driver focuses on the result, they tense up, they try too hard, and they don’t perform at their best; when they focus on learning, and on their performance in that moment, they perform better (and end up with a better result – but that is only focused on and checked afterwards).