Go for the gap! I was watching the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) highlights over the weekend and also some MotoGP. Watching guys like Ashley Sutton just go for any gap presented to them was inspiring. It’s exciting watching racing where everyone is giving each other just enough room and no more. It’s like they’re saying to each other, “Go on. Can you make it stick?”.
You can almost see the cars and bikes balancing on their tippy-toes as they brake as hard as they can and stay in control. In these moments they can either make up a couple of places or they get through and then run wide and slip back a couple of places. It’s a gamble that you have to be willing to make if you want to move forward.
It’s a dance I like to watch and be part of. Seeing my rear wheels skating along the top of the track as I’m braking for the hairpin at Pukekohe Raceway was incredible. Who knew my car could do that? Who knew I could do that lap after lap.
The point of today is are you still going for the gap?
When an opportunity to advance yourself or your business presents itself, even the tiniest one, are you still going for it?
I’m going to put my hand up and say no, I don’t always go for the gap. Something influences me to pause and let the moment go. However, I’m considering that pausing is not my nature and not going for it is taking meaning from my life.
Meaning, or purpose, is what gets us up in the morning. It’s what gets us through tough times and doubts. I don’t always know what my purpose is but going for things gives me meaning. It keeps the fire inside stoked. And while the gaps I go for might have changed over the years I need to keep going for them.
So, this week consider if you’re still going for the gap. You’re still getting that feeling of balancing on your tippy-toes as you dive into something without knowing the outcome.
If you’re not, find something you can get that feeling from again. Or find that meaning in the parts of life and business you used to enjoy doing. It will give your life meaning and a feeling of exhilaration to keep you moving forward and not dying in the chair.
Have a great week.
Quote for the week
“If you no longer go for a gap which exists you are no longer a racing driver.”
– Ayrton Senna