“Helmet Talks” is my name for managing that little voice inside the head of not only my professional Race Car Driver Clients, but that little voice that either makes or defeats us all. Life is lived in short moments, each passing and another coming. It is doubtless and studies have shows that an average person has tens of thousands of random thoughts per day. These occurrences are part of living. That is the little voice and it is very powerful in how it influences our outcomes.
I work with clients like Kasey Kahne, his Kasey Kahne Racing Team, Travis Rilat and Joey Saldana on the control of that voice for maximum performance behind the wheel of a race car. Helmet Talks are plainly my favorite short rules of thumb that I have found help keep my drivers relaxed and focused on driving. The idea is making sure that confidence is not an issue and self-doubt never creeps into the equation.
The more I work with the elite athlete, the more I see that we regular people are no different than Travis Rilat or Kasey Kahne. We all need to manage and overcome adversity that arises and our performance during key moments shapes our outcomes. Like them, if we have to find confidence by convincing ourself we have it, it likely has no foundational integrity and won’t work for us when we most need it. The idea is ingraining basics and actually taking the mind out of the business of decision making on fear or doubt. The mind should function as a clear tool of decision making only, never as ping pong table for assessing whether you can stop being frightened (for example) For the most successful their mind works clearer and in a calmer state.
To achieve this for my clients and for you to achieve it in your life, I advocate simplicity in all things. When conditioning your mind, use short direct universal laws or maxims. This is the essence principal of Helmet Talks. Try this: While a lot of people talk about their ideas, few act on them. I advise you to focus on this global healthy principal of action being the difference an time you feel a thought creep into your head about putting something off or doubting whether you can achieve something. This will effectively make you more action oriented with all the positive benefits that come with that behavior. Try it and let me know what you think.