Our Love Of Racing
There's something about our human nature that enjoys being
competitive. It is built within us and almost mimics primitive
behavior. We seem to have this inner desire to be the "top
dog" -- doing things quicker and smarter. It is sort of like
self-preservation. We desire to go the distance through all
hardships and never stop.
This nature is very profound in athletes but we all have it
to some degree. We are naturally competitive and sometimes
even with ourselves.
In sports, we usually always are supportive of a person or
team even if we don't like sports or never participate in
them. Sports have been around for about as long as mankind.
And, we always want to be winners.
It's funny to see people who are typically quiet and in self-control
go crazy and lose it at the stock car races. We typically
have no control over it. Even the most timid of us will cheer
the success of those who are able to run, ski, kayak, swim,
row, guide horses, or cycle faster than we are able to. We
seem to still want to be the strongest, healthiest, and quickest.
And, if we cannot be that then we love to support those who
It is all psychological really. It gives us a good feeling
inside. It's like "virtual racing" or "virtual challenge."
We are addicted to this feeling of wanting to be the winner
in the various "races" of life. We are not exactly concerned
as to why we feel this way but we do nonetheless. We just
want to be the fastest.
We love to be winners and everyone loves a winner. Being winners
makes us feel better about ourselves. Even if we are bystanders
to a race and contribute no input we are still happy just
being part of it. We even feel as if we are part of the team
In order to race effectively, we have to properly train and
direct our inner feelings of anxiety properly. This must be
done even before the start of the race. The feelings of anxiety
produce a positive force that will have an effect on the competitive
part of our brains.
We need the anxiety in order to maintain a racing state of
mind. If we did not have anxiety then we would find it hard
to get motivated to win. It would not be "exciting" enough
The person in the stands watching also helps to increase the
energy level in the racing environment. Without the energy
level or charisma, there would be no purpose to watching the
race and we certainly would be apathetic to who will win or
lose. It's all in the preparation and the competition. We
describe it with phrases like "getting into the zone," "going
with the flow" and keeping up momentum. We always want to
be mobilized, ready, have a vision of our victory to come.
We all must have goals in order to accomplish anything in
life. We need set them, practice them, and strive to reach
them on a consistent basis.
For all of us, there is nothing to compare to winning. Even
if we don't win, we love the thrill of the game. We love to
watch the horse races with the jockeys speeding around the
track on sleek, well-built horses. And lastly, we are thrilled
to pull for others because we love to see them be winners
And it's not just racing. More than likely the swimming teams,
track star fans, and downhill skiing racers would totally
understand competition too.
Shirley Bullington, the author, enjoys racing and
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