What is a RACER’S Edge? It means that you focus on Recognition, Action, Connection, Expression, Retention and Simplification to keep the edge in your life.
Recognition – Recognize your gifts and passions, the things that you are truly great at doing and love to do more than anything else. Make time in your schedule for them so you remain interested and interesting when life becomes dull, boring and routine.
Action – Take action if you are feeling unhappy, unfulfilled or uncomfortable with your life. Make a list of people and situations that are positive and supportive, needy and negative and toxic and terrible. Think about what actions you need to take to rid your life of the people and situations that needy and negative and toxic and terrible.
Connection – Connect with individuals in person rather than on the phone or by e-mail. Arrange to buy them lunch or coffee. These are people who you admire for their commitment to excellence and humility about their extraordinary achievements. They are the best at what they do and generously share their time and experience, give valuable advice, honest feedback and want you to be successful. When you connect with them use the four most courageous words in the English language: “I need your help”. If you are wanting to make positive changes in your life, ask them for their life lessons.
Expression – Express your thoughts and feelings honestly. Trust in yourself and align what you say and think with your values and beliefs. Avoid saying or thinking what you believe others want you to say or think. Express your gratitude to every person that you encounter in your life every day with a thoughtful “Thank You”.
Retention – Retain the people, things and situations that sustain, support and strengthen you and let go of the people, things and situations that drag, drain and deplete you. Allow yourself to retain one hour of “quiet and alone” time even on the busiest of days. Use this time to think, pray, calm down, rev up, regain balance or replenish energy.
Simplification – Simplify your life by making choices that reflect and support your values and beliefs and that result in peace, harmony and contentment in your life. Avoid complicating your life by acquiring the problems of people, the clutter of things and the details of situations that can stress and overwhelm you as well as waste your valuable time, money and energy.
Since meeting my life partner three and a half years ago, I have become a big fan of certain motor sports: Formula One, World Rally Championship (WRC) and MotoGP. The competitors in these events are the world’s best in these sports. Last October, the world of motor sports lost two individuals who died doing what they loved most. They were both reaching toward the peak in their sports and beginning to enjoy the fruits of their hard work in the prime of their lives: Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli. As racing season began last month with WRC and with Formula One and MotoGP starting in the next two months, I feel that this is a fitting tribute to them and their impact on and contribution to their sport.