I don’t normally listen to the news, but last night they were going to cover the Preakness, which I’d watched, so I left the television on while I was doing other things on the computer. After the horse racing coverage, they had NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and were talking about her low expectations. I was intrigued. I wouldn’t expect someone of that stature having low expectations. So I was curious. I listened, and what I heard was like a crash course for the law of attraction.
She started talking about how she didn’t think she had a confidence problem, but that her pit crew did. And then she mentioned that she just wanted to keep expectations low, that way she didn’t disappoint anyone. (I tried to find the video, but our local news show didn’t put it on the web. Boo!)
It was like a law of attraction “clue by four” to me. If she didn’t expect to win, in her own mind, and project that kind of feeling and images, then the outcome is probably going to be less than stellar. That’s the confidence that her pit crew was talking about. The expectation that she had just as much right, just as much ability, and deserved to get that checkered flag as much as anyone. All things being equal…the cars…the crew…the driver…there’s no reason why Danica couldn’t take the checkered flag. Just like professional athletes envision their perfect race, their perfect game, their perfect catch or their perfect throw a million times before the big moment, so too, they expect that perfect game/catch/throw/race/event.
That’s the law of attraction. I’m not a NASCAR driver. I’m good with the speed limit, thanks. But that’s okay. When I envision driving to the store, I think of green lights, open lanes and easy parking spaces. That’s usually what I receive, too. I very rarely hit a red light. There’s hardly any traffic, and even during rush hour I can get out without waiting too long, and the parking spaces aren’t bad.
When we expect the rewards we deserve and believe that we deserve them, they usually come.
Now, I think Danica Patrick is amazing for doing what she’s doing. Heck, it takes guts, skill, nerve, and courage, to push a car to its limits, and sometimes beyond, in a race. I just couldn’t help but wonder, what if she had the confidence her pit crew wanted her to have? What then?