Everyone has nerves.
Nerves. Everyone has them at some point in their lives. Those anxious butterflies in their stomach. That pounding heartbeat in their chest that seems to want to burst out thier head. That overwhelming voice that echos when it asks “Can I do this?”
I used to have that feeling before every race. I used to feel like I was panicking alone. That it might all fall apart. That everything might come undone.
Then one day, when sitting on a starting grid, the feeling stopped.
I realized that I’m not the only one feeling this way. Every competitor on the grid is having butterflies at some stage. The thrill of competition. The excitement of going into the unknown and seeing what will happen.
That’s why we’re all here on the grid. That’s why we race. That’s why we come back.
I lean on all of my practice time and training to give me comfort when I start to feel the nerves. It’s not my first time in a kart. I’ve rolled out onto a track hundreds of times. I’ve done hundreds of starts and been in hundreds of battles. This upcoming battle may be different from the rest, but the elements are all the same. It just depends on the order that things will appear to me.
The race will come to me. It always does and always will.
I’ve been practicing. I’ve been training. I’m as ready as I’m going to be at this moment. In the grand scheme of things, even this race is just ‘practice’ for an even greater race in the future. I should take in the experience from each corner. Learn from it, and value each moment for the next time.
I roll out onto the track, and have the best race of my life.
All of our feelings and emotions are a result of mental programming. If we don’t like how we feel about something, all we have to do is change the mental programming that triggers the behavior. It’s easier to say than to do, but humans are basically giant bio-computers, which means we can reprogram ourselves.
Rather than feeling like a failure when the nerves appear, I program myself to be excited for the success that’s about to come my way.
Nerves. I used to hate that feeling. Now I love it. It reminds me that I’m as ready as I’m going to be.