(025) Shifting The Blame

In this video I talk about how shifting the blame away from yourself can be detrimental to your progression as a driver. I also provide professional examples that explain why you should take more responsibility.

Shifting The Blame – Video Transcript

Hey everybody Matt Covert here again from howtobecomearacecardriver.com and in this video I want to talk about a lifestyle tip called shifting the blame. Or I guess I should have said not shifting the blame. This is something we want to avoid, alright?

Shifting the blame creates a number of problems for your progression as a driver and I’m going to explain why. So why don’t we just hop right on into it.

Alright so when something bad happens that you don’t like – if your car’s not working right, if your teams not getting along – whatever the case may be. Some people have a tendency to blame the team or the equipment or the limitations of your class regulations, something like that. So for example my car is camber challenged, nothing I can do, it’s just as good as it’s going to get and we’re stuck and there’s nothing we can do about it. That’s a problem and I’m going to show you why.

Alright. This is how improvement is made. If you don’t like something this is how you can improve it. It starts with taking responsibility – whoops, messed that up. bility. Taking responsibility, either a portion or full responsibility, some amount. Because when you take responsibility you’re acknowledging, on a personal level, there is something that you can do to rectify the thing that is happening that you don’t like. When you admit that there is something that you can do to fix it then you can start creating potential solutions. And when you have some solutions that you can start working, OK, that’s what leads to improvement.

When you don’t take responsibility by shifting the blame, when you start blaming other things and saying oh there’s nothing I can do about that, it’s out of my control. I’m just, I’m the victim, poor me. You’re isolating this process. You’re cutting yourself off from admitting that there’s something that you can do about it. And if you don’d do that you’re never going to create solutions that can lead to improvement. And that’s a problem.

Let me give you a couple professional examples of this. I’m a huge supercross fan. I love it, the season just started again. I can’t wait. I’m a huge Ryan Dungey fan, by the way. Let’s talk about Mike Alessi. He’s a pro motocross rider, supecross rider. I remember a couple years ago he was on some type of sponsored team. They were kind of like a B level team. And Mike Alessi is an incredible rider, alright? But he kept losing all the time. Getting second place second place second place and so on national television he said, oh if I was on a factory team I’d be out there, out front, winning. Blah blah blah.

OK? He blamed his situation and he blamed his team. And he kind of insulted his team and his sponsors by saying that. Like, oh, we don’t have enough money to actually be the best or whatever. NO. They’re doing the best they can and you’re riding the bike so ultimately it’s on you. And by doing that, by blaming all these other things, Mike Alessi is never going to get any better because he’s not admitting that there are things that he personally can do to change his situation. Not cool.

Let’s talk about Danica Patrick. I remember her doing something similar on nation television. She was furious. She got off the track one day and someone was interviewing her. And she started blaming her team saying that they just couldn’t set the car up properly, blah blah blah. All this nonsense. And by doing that she’s doing the same thing that Mike Alessi did. She’s isolating herself from any responsibility. She’s never going to continue learning new things.

OK, I’m going to give you a secret tip here. This is the best way to improve yourself. Constantly learning new things and implementing them. Implementing. OK, if you’re not doing – if you’re not using this process, taking responsibility, admitting there’s something you can do to fix it, creating solutions and then actually implementing those solutions, there’s no way you’re going to be better any better.

Alright? Knowledge and implementing new knowledge. That’s what it’s all about. So don’t be like one of these guys. You definitely want to take responsibility for what’s happening on the track to create solutions OK?

I think that pretty much covers everything I wanted to say about shifting the blame. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel I’m going to put a link here for you to do that. You’ll never miss another video like this ever again. This is just a great lifestyle tip and I’ll be back with some more in just a little bit from howtobecomearacecardriver.com.

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