A Journey Starts With a Step
The beginning of any journey always starts with a first step. In MX, this first step starts with training your mind and attitude. All the natural talent and physical training in the world will only get you so far for so long. After that, only the mentally strong will truly succeed. A positive attitude and tough mental state are keys to a good training program. Bad news is everywhere, and it’s difficult not let all of the negative news affect your attitude. This tends to make you pessimistic about life in general and, in turn, your training program. A bad attitude leads to bad habits, which lead to bad results on and off the track. A very important part of any training program is first making the decision that you want to become a better rider by committing yourself to a training program. Then you must learn how to develop an attitude that will keep you committed to your goals.
Positive or Negative, Which Are You?
Since your thoughts ultimately control your actions, the thoughts that you fill your head with are very important. Usually in life, the quick, easy way will give you instant gratification that fades quickly, while hard work and dedication have no immediate gratification but will lead to lasting success in the future. If you think negatively toward training and give into instant gratification, you are letting your negative thoughts control your actions. Instant gratification is a sign of a weak mind. If you condition your mind to remain positive, your actions will lead you down the path toward success.
Train the Mind Like a Muscle
Positive Thoughts Breed Positive Actions
To me it’s easy in professional MX to determine who will be successful and who will be a flash in the pan. Guys like RC, Bubba, Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, Davi Millsaps, Jeremy McGrath, John Dowd, Mike Alessi, and Doug Henry, to name a few, all train differently, have their own thoughts and beliefs on how to succeed in MX, and all have had varying degrees of success and failure on and off the track. I only know of these guys from what I read and observe, but I’m willing to bet that these past, present, and future champions all have at least one thing in common: a great attitude and strong mindset.
It’s All Up to You
One of the great things about motocross is that it is an individual sport. Although you may have a team of dedicated people behind you, once you throw your leg over the bike and hit the track, things are mostly up to you. If you don’t have the mental fortitude to push yourself past your limits each and every day, then ultimately, you only have yourself to blame if you fail to meet your goals. In a world that gets more and more competitive each day, a good attitude and tough mental state are absolutely imperative if you want to be successful in the game of life.
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