Behind Every Good Athlete is a Good Attitude

February 1, 2008
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In our previous article about attitude, we discussed how attitude is a state of mind, how life events shape your attitude and how to develop a positive attitude, both on and off the track. In our final article about attitude, we’ll finish off about good role models, living a positive lifestyle and how to be the best rider you can be!

The Starring Role

In the motocross industry, there a whole slew of riders who have been considered to be inspirational role models to young riders coming up through the ranks. If you look at Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath, they’re considered moto legends to thousands of riders who share the same dreams as a young child. With motivating icons like these two, it’s easy for those up and coming mini riders to start out their motocross careers with positive attitudes.

Pass It On

Attitude can be passed on almost like a chain reaction. Take this scenario for instance. Say you’re at the track and some kid just had a miserable race. You know, one of those where he almost missed the race in the first place, was then flustered, stalled right out of the gate and then struggled the rest of the race just to try and catch the rest of the pack. Even though he gave it 110% out there, he still came in last place but put forth a great effort. So after the race is over and he’s finally crossed the finish line, you see him pushing his bike back to the pits, with his head hanging low. However, you notice that his coach and best friend, his father, is right beside him with encouraging words and solid advice for next time. You notice how supportive his father is being instead of throwing out negative hurtful words about how awful of a race that really was. The compassionate father has made you realize that little things in life like that can really influence a young child and even others around them. After you’ve just witnessed this whole thing, you decide that you’re going to be the most supportive and encouraging friend at the track and really push your buddies to stay positive, no matter what happens. More than likely, someone will notice your acts of kindness and spread the same kind of positive vibes you have just put out; and the circle continues…as they say, what goes around, comes around.

Just Do It

Leading a positive, healthy lifestyle free of any and all negative influences is a sure way to make you the best rider you can be. While we all have a few friends who just can’t seem to shake that negative bug, trying to get rid of them when it’s time to hit the track may not be the easiest thing to do. But it may be in the best interest to you and others to simply leave them behind. If you know you’re going to the track and want to bring along a few friends, make sure to bring those who are interested in the sport and will lift your spirits, even in your worst of times. We all know too well that life isn’t perfect and things don’t always go as planned. But you’ve got to embrace moments like these and walk away with a good attitude. If it’s something that was out of your control, then no worries. However, if you know it’s something you can fix, then use this situation as a learning experience and walk away knowing how to make it better next time.

Remember that self-motivation is key in having a good attitude. If you’re not willing to self-motivate yourself in order to become the best rider you can be, then it’s time to reevaluate where you stand in the moto rankings.

Until next time, think positive thoughts, be supportive to all of your moto buddies and get out there and be the best rider you can possibly be!

EVS ? Winning with Safety”

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