Seth Godin post on Panic Tax comprehensively addresses ways of amelioration of panic. This post is on how to apply the same solutions on a Rider Training course.
You go stiff , a hundred things going through your mind, your right hand grabs on the throttle for support , the engine revs peak up , you drop your cover on the clutch lever and grip the left handle bar , your feet seem stuck on the foot rests, your can’t speak or shout , you are out of control. … your having a panic attack.
The answer to, “should we panic,” is always no. Always. Panic is expensive, panic compounds and panic doesn’t solve the problem.
As Seth Godin says slack is the enemy of panic.
Let go , discard the restrictions , forget the drill , quiet the fear , throttle off, decelerate , clutch in , place your feet down , brake , and brake in a straight line.
Listen to my voice , focus on my words , relax , free your mind of activity. My first response is to dampen your panic , and not seek your compliance.
Your safety is my number 1 priority . Every thing else comes after that.
Step off the bike . Lets have a sit down . Let’s talk . We review your action , from the first step , with a view of preventing it from happening the next time.
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