Motivational Aspects

This past weekend at Oakland, Chad Reed finally made his way to the podium.  After a great start on his “privateer” Honda, he held off Stewart for as long as possible.  Although he was passed by Dungey, he made a last minute charge to get 2nd.  I have to admit, I was not a Reed fan.  To me, he was whiney, made excuses and seemed to complain…a lot.  However, the past year or so, he has made me a fan.  After hearing about his privateer effort, I had to applaud the Aussie for racing without a factory steed.  This had me thinking about motivation and how big it plays in any level of motocross.

To me, there are 2 types of riders.  The “can not’s” and the “can’t yet’s.”  This one word makes the difference between making a main and a champion.  For years, Reed could not get a win.  He was second to Carmichael and Stewart almost every weekend.  However, Chad kept chipping away and working his ass off to come back each year.  He could have said, “I can’t beat them.”  Instead, he tweaked his mindset and added “yet.”  This constant battle eventually led to wins against both Carmichael and Stewart.

Even if you don’t race every weekend, this motivational mindset can work for any one.  Novice riders generally have a tough time with larger jumps.  Telling yourself that you can’t jump something only hinders you and your abilities.  Telling yourself that you can’t do it yet will give you the motivation to set a goal and work towards it.  You will better your riding and gain confidence with each accomplishment.  And everyone knows that half the battle in this sport is confidence.

For me and most people riders, this sport is not just a hobby, but a lifestyle.  Putting time in the gym and on the rower sucks initially, but that work stems from the motivation to get better.  If you are around negativity and soak this mindset up, you are essentially setting yourself up for failure.  Carmichael has been quoted that surrounding yourself with good people sets a foundation of positive mindset that you can accomplish anything.

So the real question you have to ask yourself is what type of rider are you?  Are you going to give up at the first roadblock or are you going to bounce back like Reed and make a statement?  You can make it known to you and everyone that it is only a matter of time before you come out on top.  Start small with this “yet” statement and keep plugging along on your goals.  This all sounds pretty corny, but staying motivated keeps you from getting burnt out and giving up.


Posted on Feb 02 2011, under Training | 4 Comments »


4 Responses to “Motivational Aspects”

  1. I’m not a fan of Reed, but you bring up some good points
    A very good article!

    PS… Reed still got 2nd

  2. He’s getting better. Give him a break lol

  3. Reed’s a man for puttin together a team and runnin in the top of the points standings, I tip my hat to Reed for doin what he’s doin

  4. I would have to say I agree. A few years ago, I didn’t really care for him, but he has really made me a fan. He matured a lot since becoming a father and team owner.

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