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DRIVEN: THE GRAND PRIX CHAMPION (from To the End of the Rainbow)

June 19, 2011

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CHAPTER ONE

DRIVEN: THE GRAND PRIX CHAMPION

Tags: Motor racing, Formula One, Grand Prix racing, Grand Prix champion(s), Grand Prix driver, books, books
by Craig Lock, ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’.

THE GRAND PRIX DRIVER

“A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

– Steve McQueen in the film ‘Le Mans’ (1971)

It was one day in the year 1961, whilst driving home after the South African Grand Prix in East London, that the
young boy told his father that Jim Clark would one day be the champion driver of the world. The young boy was
in a bad mood, because the young Clark had beaten his hero, Stirling Moss. And for the next few years the
young South African boy followed the rising Scot star’s ascending career with great interest and pride. So that
the new shooting star eventually usurped the place of the now retired old hero, Moss after his near fatal accident
at Goodwood, UK…until it too was tragically extinguished in a minor race at Hockenheim, Germany in 1968.

And that night in the “early sixties”, the young boy lay on his bed and read the race program, over again and
again. Then he fell asleep and dreamt, peacefully, blissfully. Perhaps one day… one sunny day…

“If you can dream it, then you can DO it!”

**

EPILOGUE

THE GRAND PRIX CHAMPION

The Grand Prix driver crossed the finishing line beneath the colourful banner stretching across the width of the
oil and rubber smeared tarmac below to win the Monaco Grand Prix in the year that was 2009. Exhausted (both
mentally and physically) and saturated with sweat, the champion driver raised his arms, in celebration, glorious
triumph, knowing that he had driven his last.. and the best ever race in his long and illustrious career.
As the great champion of the world drove under the banner proclaiming ‘Sport for Peace’ and received the
chequered flag to the silent roars of the crowd, he also knew that a new chapter in his rather eventful life, yet
also his greatest challenge lay in the days ahead.

**

P.S: To dearest dad, see the dream never died!
**
QUESTION FOR THE READER

Does The Grand Prix champion crash… or retire (at the very “top of his game, the pinnacle of his chosen sport”)

“It is a celebration of a man s unique vision, a vision that reaches out and shines, touching with magic the drama
of life across all its limitless horizons.”
-anon

“Our talents are our gifts from God; but what we do with our talents are our gifts TO God.”

“Only when you ve been in the deepest valley can a person know what it’s like to stand on the highest peak.”
-inspiring words from “guess who”? It was Richard Nixon, former United States President

“Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

-American poet, Langston Hughes

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let s see how many people we can impact, encourage,
empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and so become ever more champions
of life”

written on 27th September in the year 2010

BOOK TWO: SOUTH AFRICA

originally written Jan 1995

from http://www.grandprixchampion.wordpress.com

“Life is God’s novel; so let Ultimate Source write it, as it unfolds…”

– me (as inspired by the words of Isaac Bashevis Singer)

MAKoriFIRST light

Picture: First Light Makorori, Gisborne in the scenic and tranquil little haven that is New Zealand (or Godzone, as it is often affectionately known) by Dawn Furmage
First Light Makorori, Gisborne by Dawn Furmage
(Credit: http://www.aa.co.nz)

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Who and What is a true Champion?

February 18, 2010
Article Title: Who and What is a true Champion?
Author Craig Lock
Key words: Success, champion, motivation, success principles, mind, mind control
Web Site: Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

Publishing Guidelines:
All my articles may be freely published. If they make a difference in people’s lives by encouraging or bringing some joy to others, then I’m very happy.
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WHO AND WHAT IS A CHAMPION?
A champion is more than a mere title. Rather, it is a set, a collection of personal qualities. What are some of these qualities that make a champion?
Firstly,
* Ability = Talent
* Belief in ones abilities (“believe it to achieve it”)
Then the “four C’s:
* Clarity of purpose (keeps a champion “driving on”)
* Confidence: They trust their game, especially in times of pressure… “when the heat is really on”.
* Commitment and resolve
* Courage
Then come the four “D’s”:
* Discipline (self)
* Determination in overcoming disappointment(s) – how human beings can prevail over very trying circumstances.
“Your greatest obstacle can become your sweetest triumph.”
– Lance Armstrong
* Desperation: “How much do you want it?”
* Dedication: “What are you prepared to sacrifice to achieve success?”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
– Muhammed Ali
(Keep on writing then, craig!)
* Unity of effort: The ability to work with others (ie teamwork); because you can’t make it on your own. Everyone has different skills and abilities – that is what makes them unique!
* the “Will-to-win”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong)
* P= Persistence
Champions succeed where so many others give up.
Still you don’t have to come first… at first. Just keep your torch shining the longest and brightest… then youll be a winner , a champ in the game of life
And finally
* Inspiration. (“I don’t wait to get inspired, but once I start work, writing, the inspiration simply comes, arising in my consciousness”- anon).
‘Leap and the net will appear.’
Champions are consistent. They usually deliver elite performances… year after year.
When things look bleak and “the chips are down”, champions rise to the occasion, just like cream rises to the top.
There is unlimited potential in the human condition. ANY individual human being can cultivate the values of self respect, self-reliance and self discipline, which will greatly enhance their life. Like a champion, ‘ordinary’ (what’s that!) people also have great capacity and potential to achieve… even the “extra-ordinary” in life.
“A glorious destiny that rises above the limitless horizons of the human condition.”
Discover, then celebrate the champion of life in YOU…
because
“YOU are all champions in your own way!”
Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
– Muhammad Ali
“You are not what you think you are; but what you think, you ARE!”

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he (or she) has overcome, while trying to succeed.”
– Booker T. Washington
“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
– craig
“If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you do not.
If you would like to win but think you can not
It is almost a cinch you will not.
If you think you will lose, you are lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It is all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You have got to think to rise.
You have got to be sure of yourself
Before you can win the prize.
Life’s battles do not always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later the man who wins is
The one who thinks he can.”
– Author Unknown
About the author:
Craig has been studying the human mind and the life of elite sportspeople for much of his life. He believes in sharing information and insights to try to make a difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
THIS ARTICLE MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
PPS:
THE CHAMPIONS CREED
“Never underestimate your opponent.
Work on your weaknesses until they become your strengths.
Remember that a great effort is usually the result of a great attitude.
Dedicate yourself to a mighty purpose.
Win with humility, lose with grace.
Ignore those who discourage you.
Remember that how you conduct yourself out of the pool is just as important as how you conduct yourself in the pool.
Talent is God-given – so be humble.
Fame is man-given – so be thankful.
Remember when you’re not working to improve, your competition is.
Always give your best.

PRACTICE like a champion.
SWIM like a champion.
LIVE like a champion.”

– anon

“I am a champion.
I believe in myself.
I have the will to win.
I set high goals for myself.
I surround myself with winners.
I’m cool, positive, and confident.
I’m willing to pay the price of success.
I stay relaxed and in control at all times.
I focus all my energy on the job at hand.
I take responsibility for all of my results.
I have the courage to endure and persist.
I vividly imagine what victory will feel like.
I am a champion and I will win.”

Three-Time Olympian – Ruben Gonzalez
www.OlympicMotivation.com

Thanks for everything, dad. See the dream never died – its just taken another course!
craig

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?'”
– Bobby Kennedy

“GOOD IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH WHEN GREATNESS IS POSSIBLE!”