Monday, November 1, 2010

Making A Difference

With voting day this week, I find it interesting that so many young people of voting age would rather not vote than try one vote at a time to make a difference. It is frustrating for sure, and I easily see the point that most bring up when it comes to how to decipher through all of the messy advertisements slinging slander at one another. However, it is our country and our responsibility to have a voice for change, especially if we are unhappy with the current situation.
So I suggest educating yourself on the pros and cons of each candidate, do your homework and find out more about what the truth is behind the scenes, and get involved in your community. The bottom line is we are all too busy, right? Wrong!
In the end, this country will be the result of our actions or our lack of actions, one vote at a time!
It is really just like anything else in life: "If you think you can or you think you can't, you are right!"... Henry Ford

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pace Yourself

This month the message became loud and clear while attending Loretta's for what would be the 10th year. Only this time I would be there with my husband and not a racer, a race team, or our daughter who accompanied us most of these trips. Yes, we have a daughter. = )

Although the heat was truly unbearable, it was a great visit to be there without the pressure of racing and have the chance to connect with racing families that we have known for years and to also talk to new families about our new and enhanced 2010-2011 customized school program.

As the heat index rose to something insane like 124 degrees, watching our riders go out on the track with high expectations and then watching them come off like soldiers returning from battle drove the message home. Pace yourself. Whether it be in sports competition that demands every ounce of energy and strength or in life in general it is so important to do.

So many times we jump in and don't weigh the consequences and loose sight of the big picture. I was privileged to be a part of some amazing family discussions during my time at Loretta's and happy to report that there are benefits to pacing yourself and looking down the road to seeing the bigger picture.

Whatever it is that you do in life, take the time to digest it all when you come to the bumps in the road, or as Vanessa Redgrave calls them, "the messy bits", and think things through, have a plan, and feel free to modify as you go. Most importantly, have a little faith...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Where There is a Will...

It is true, where there is a will there is always a way. That has been my motto all of my life. It is in the students who share this view that I see success both on a personal and a professional level.
These individuals do not give up, instead they hold on to their dream and go for it, always making a sacrifice to get the job done.

It can be as simple as completing a course or more challenging as earning a high school diploma.
One thing I have noticed over the last 10 years of working with On Track students is that these same individuals are the ones who are able to make it happen on the track as well. They have learned that hard work pays off and that patience is the key. I think Trey put it best in his advice to my son Michael, "Keep on working hard and it will come...".

Sacrificing for the future goals that you want to get in life is hard, that is for sure, especially in a world of instant gratification. The lesson is seen in the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, our favorite movies when good out wins evil, and in everyday life when trials present themselves over and over again. A little faith can go a long way. Look at the legends of our sport and read their stories and you will understand that none of them reached that level of success overnight.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Plan B; by Andrea Leib Director of On Track

Nine years ago, when the idea of the On Track program was born, I used to say that it was essential for young athletes to have a PLAN B. Since education to many at that time was obviously not a priority, I was able to shed some much needed light on what has become my passion over the last 30 years, education. After all we all need a PLAN B, right?! I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you the announcers and promoters who gave me their time as I learned to take the mic into my own hands and give education a voice.

Now with current headlines showing the new national unemployment rate at 10.2% and foreclosures being held back intentionally by our banks due to government restrictions solely to keep our economy somewhat steady, it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As these circumstances pertain to many of us who have been around the motocross industry since the 80's, it is unbearable to witness top professional motocross racers become privateers, not to mention the hundreds of riders who cannot afford to ride anymore without any support from the sponsors that backed them for years who now cannot continue in order to keep their doors open.

So what about PLAN B? Ironically, this year I have seen many of my graduates go on to college than any other year since 2000. On Track now offers many college level courses so we can offer young athletes incentives as they pursue furthering their education. College? Yes, you got that right! As times change so must our goals and aspirations. Do you have a PLAN B? Take time in this year and consider your options. Invest in yourself and you will go further in life!