SOS BOOK Chapter 60: A racing car analogy for self-development.



OUR MIND IS MUCH LIKE A RACING CAR.

The following racing car analogy might help us better understand how we direct or ‘drive’ our personal transformation.

Think of our mind as a motor vehicle, like a racing car. But remember, a race car is just a static machine, without a driver. So, what is actually driving the ‘vehicle’ which we term our mind?

…Who is driving your mind?


WE ARE AT THE ‘STEERING WHEEL’ OF OUR MIND.

It is our sovereign self that is behind ‘the steering wheel’ of our mind. Just like the racing driver, we figuratively sit behind the steering wheel of our mind. We choose the direction & speed of our life.


Our sovereign self is able to ‘drive’ or manage the enormous power of our mind. This is much like a racing car driver manages and controls a powerful vehicle. Controlling such power requires training and practice. The same is true for effectively controlling our mind. We build the capacity of our mind and test our potential. We aim to succeed and even win!

THE ‘EXTENDED MIND’ IS LIKE A SUPPORT TEAM.

Race car drivers however do not work in isolation. They have an entire racing support team that works to maximize their success. This extended partnership assists the driver & supports the car at every level.


In the same way, we are not alone on our journey of personal development. We can tap into a wider resource system, which is our extended mind network or the Universal Mind. By using this extensive support available, we could potentially achieve anything we can imagine! But how do we connect to this extended support network we call the Universal Mind?

…Do you understand you have a support team on your journey?


WE ALIGN WITH THE OUTCOME WE WANT!

Top racing car drivers are totally in-tune with their body, their machine, and the track. There is no time to consciously make every single decision. Instead, they stay ‘in the zone’. They use their intuitive ability at many different levels.


Before the main race even starts, a successful driver has practiced their skills & strategies. They have visualized the entire race a number of times. Because of this prior practice, the driver can stay fully connected and ‘in the moment' during the race. Any final adjustments are made intuitively through that inner connection.


As the ‘driver’ of our mind and our life, we also need to train, strategies & practise that intuitive connection. Our aim is also to ‘stay connected’ and ‘in the moment’ during our daily life!


OUR MIND IS INCREDIBLY COMPLEX & POWERFUL.

Imagine the overwhelm of getting behind the steering wheel & control panel of a top racing car, for the first time. There is so much power & technology at our disposal! Our conscious & subconscious mind similarly has high power & complexity. Without some experience & training, we may not ‘drive’ our mind optimally.


In our racing car analogy, we would perhaps start training by slowly edging around a ‘practice track’. We can start slowly & gently by practicing in a safe environment.

…Are you gently practicing your intuition on a regular basis?


DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION RIGHT AWAY.

We take a similar approach with our mind training. We must expect that our initial rides will be a little jerky. We might even go off track at times. Initially, we might bump, scratch or dent our car. When starting, we might need some additional expert guidance. We certainly need regular daily practice. We also need perseverance to get through these initial difficult stages.


Before long, we will be negotiating the track with ease & confidence. Then we can challenge ourselves by increasing our speed and improving our lap times. We slowly build our capacity & ability.

…Are you being patient with yourself as you practise new strategies?


SEEK HELP FROM EXPERTS WHEN NEEDED.

The same applies to our mind training. Just like a race car driver, we can start our personal development gently on a ‘practice track’. A great way to start is to increase awareness of our thoughts. These include our senses, feelings & emotions. We do this through quiet contemplation & meditation. We can become aware of our inner world in the same way a racing driver senses the feeling of a racetrack.


Race car drivers seek support from other experts when needed. In the same way, we should never be afraid to ask for special help. This might include mentors, classes & training courses. Similarly, some specialized knowledge of how our mind works will help. But we must trust our own inner knowing as well. That is essential for success.


REGULARLY ASSESS YOUR PROGRESS.

After every big race, the entire support team will discuss and analyze every detail. In the same way, we can regularly assess progress on our inner quest. We shouldn’t expect to get all our choices and actions perfect from the start. It’s by reflecting on our practice that we improve our skills.

…How often are you reflecting on your journey so far?

OUR MIND IS JUST A VEHICLE FOR MORE SUCCESS.

All this practice and learning can be an exciting experience! But just learning how to optimize our mind is not the final destination. Understanding the theory of how to optimize the mind is not enough. There is also a ‘bigger picture’ or role in life that we can take on. This relates to our passion and purpose.


Our true purpose is to actually live a rewarding, joyful & fulfilling life. Our mission is to express our creativity & potential in the right way. Our mind is just a vehicle that will take us there. We must actually utilize our ability and release our potential. Our true destination is to achieve our life purpose. This is how we really ‘win’.


WE MUST FEEL WORTHY OF SUCCESS.

For significant change to occur, we must also believe we deserve it! We will only achieve the level of success we feel we deserve. This is why it's so important to believe in ourselves.


Accepting that we are worthy is perhaps the greatest gift we give ourselves. Once we forgive and accept ourselves, we rapidly increase our personal transformation. We can then build confidence and find more joy in the experience.

…Do you feel worthy of positive change?


These simple principles as outlined above are the basis of achieving a rewarding and fulfilling future. With this simple process, we can overcome any challenge and achieve our true purpose.


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