Do your best, let go of the rest.

 In the past few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about hitting the ground running and practical ways to get ahead of your off-the-track work before the season heats up.

For many of you, the season has already started. For some, it’s still weeks away. Either way, there’s not much time left to prepare.

Now, it’s time to produce.

This is what we live for. It’s what gets us through the winter and keeps us working towards our goals.

It’s racing season. 

And in all of the excitement and anticipation, one of the things we often forget is the challenges that we’ll face. On and off the track.

Racers will bust shocks on a rough cushion. The concession stand freezer will break and the beer will get warm. The trackside truck will get a flat tire on the way. The server will go down just as your pay per view goes live.

It’s inevitable.  And it’s not easy – the days when everything goes wrong. All the work you’ve done seems wasted.

And there’s nothing you can do about it now.

As scary as it seems, the work is all we can control. The results will reflect our hard work and preparedness some days, and they won’t on others.

The others, though, are where character is built. Those days are part of our story, too. Sometimes a big part of our story. And that matters.

So show up. Do your best, and let go of the rest.

Smile through it, if you can.  You might just make some new fans and friends. You never know when someone else is letting go of their ‘rest’, too.


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Kristin Swartzlander Kristin Swartzlander is passionate about applying business sense to racing 'nonsense' in hopes of growing the sport of dirt track racing. She is a business strategist who works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them learn how to use public relations, marketing and social media to achieve their goals. Learn more about social media, marketing and racing sponsorship on the DirtyMouth blog.