A few weeks ago, I sketchnoted a talk by Ken Hill. It reall resonated with me, as I have a background in racing road bikes (no motors). So much of what I learned in life and use on a day to day basis came from racing bikes. Ken summed it up great in three points.
1. Always have a plan for the day / ride / race / project. Beyond that, have a goal in your plan. Sometimes a plan is as simple as being present. For all goals, make sure they are achievable, measurable, and challenging enough!
2. Pick three vital points to focus on. Just three! Any more than that, and you will lose focus and peanutbutter your cognitive resources.
3. Always look where you want to go, but do not lose sight on where you are now. This is how crashes happen! All you can see is one step ahead, but you fail to see your present position or vice versa. In fact, I often experience people living inside of a losing chess game, where they only see one step ahead and never anything else! How often is your project focused on a single functional benefit, but misses the emotional connection to make with consumers? How often are you passed by a car on your bike, only so they can beat you to a red light?