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Unicorn Goals and Mindset – Developing as a rider 

I spend a lot of time participating in group rides as well as at the track. It got me thinking about how we develop as riders. I see lots of the same people over and over again showing up, consistently working towards their goals. What is it that helps these riders to have the motivation to keep coming back time and time again… what does it take to believe they can chase their unicorn!? 

Unicorn? What does that mean? 

A unicorn is that thing that is uncommon and highly valued. Something amazing that’s hard to catch or rare to find. But if and when you do… well. It’s next level. Perhaps even lifechanging. 

What motivates people?

Let’s go down memory lane for a moment. Think back to when you first started riding. Why did you make that decision to get your license? What helped you to continue developing your early skills to become the rider you are today? 

It takes an incredible amount of perseverance to develop a new skill. What I have learned through my sports psychology work is that there must be a really good “why” to keep you motivated. 

What’s your why? Have you ever truly thought about it?

Now, let’s move to the present day.  

When you look over your riding journey, can you see how you’ve developed? Have you ever deliberately considered your thoughts around continuing to develop as a rider? Mindset plays a role here, so I wanted to dig a little deeper into that for you. 

You may have heard about fixed vs growth mindset.  

Let’s define each:

Someone with a growth mindset views intelligence, abilities, and talents as learnable traits and ones that are capable of improvement through effort.

On the other hand, someone with a fixed mindset views those same traits as inherently stable and unchangeable over time.

What does this look like when it comes to riding? 

If you are the type of person who can see the potential of learning and growing through trying new things and effort, then anything is possible. Whereas, if you believe that you don’t have the possibility of changing, why would you bother?

How do you see yourself? Growth or Fixed? 

Have you thought about what mindset you have when it comes to your riding?

If you would like to see yourself as having a growth mindset, then let me get your thoughts moving with these questions:

If you could achieve anything with your riding, what would you want to do?  What is it that you want to be working towards? 

Personally, I have a couple of massive goals. One of which is to ride in the Finke Desert Race in 2023. That’s one of my unicorn goals. 

My goals drive me to continue training and developing skills so I can achieve them. I absolutely believe that I can achieve what I set my mind to.

So, does that mean I have a growth mindset? Absolutely, and I love encouraging others to develop this for themselves. 

Want to know how? 

Firstly, start by defining the things you’d like to achieve…. And think about those things putting absolutely nooooo limits to it!!! That is, don’t let anything get in the way of dreaming those dreams! 

Write them down. 

Make them real. 

Tell someone about them.

Then comes the fun part….. actually start working towards them. 

Don’t underestimate the power of self-talk. Here are some statements you can say to yourself to help develop your growth mindset:

“I can do hard things”

“This might take time and effort”

“I stick with things and don’t give up easily”

“I strive for progress not perfection

Take some time to deliberately think about what your goals are and start working towards them. It’s ok if they start as small goals. Maybe its doing that first moto-camping trip with a goal to eventually go solo. Perhaps it’s to try your first track-day. Do you want to add learning to pop a wheelie to the list? Or maybe, just like me, you have a desert race in your sights!

Whatever your goals, pat yourself on the back for achieving them. But don’t stop! As you grow, keep adding to your goal list. Keep making them bigger. Keep thinking bigger until you’re ready to add that elusive unicorn goal! It’s exciting to believe in yourself. Choose that “growth mindset” and prove that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Maybe you will catch your unicorn!

Kim
Kim
After growing up in the country town of Warwick, plus a few more "way out west" towns during her 20’s, Kim became a country girl at heart. Her love of bikes started early riding dirt bikes around country properties. Today she loves to go exploring on her road bike, but it's her crazy love of F1 side-car racing that keeps her adrenaline flowing. It comes from her "give anything a try once" attitude. Which also led her to compete at National and State levels in Olympic Weightlifting. But as if that wasn't enough, Kim can add competitor on the first season of Australian Ninja Warrior to her impressive list of achievements. By day, Kim is a psychologist, passionate about working with riders on issues impacting their performance. Kim is proud to be Girl Moto's resident psych, contributing regularly to content related to all the mental stuff!
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