A New Approach
In the 1960s Dick Fosbury changed the sport of high jumping as we know it. A somewhat unsuccessful athlete who could not compete with the stronger, more capable sportsmen opted for a new approach. Fosbury created a new technique and way of high jumping - and it stunned his coaches, other athletes and eventually the world. What was once an average at best athlete became an Olympic world record holder just a few years later. How? This new technique moved the center of mass. Watch this 4min video before reading further.
A New Approach
There are so many life applications that we should draw from the Fosbury Flop - and I pray that God can use this example as a way for you to seek a new approach.
You see, so often we can find ourselves in a routine and “way of doing things” that can be the core problem. Bringing the same thinking, problem-solving and approach can and will lead to a drop in results over time. Even with the best intentions, a growth mindset, regular tweaking, pushing, and improving we can still find ourselves needing a new approach. I believe it looks something like this:
Growth follows pushing, improving and tweaks...then a stall happens. Typically the observant person feels the lack of momentum or the stalling of progress. The dip will surely follow and the common effort, tweaks and approaches are no longer as effective as before. It's time for a new approach.
This model applies in so many areas of our lives. Take a moment and think about your situations and what you are walking through right now. Where do you need a "Fosbury Flop" idea? A new way of thinking!? A different perspective?!
Dig in, and apply a new approach today.
Competitive sports produces winners and losers. There is no participation medal, and no one remembers the 2nd, 3rd or 4th place. This is the zero-sum game. My win is your loss, and this mindset does not just birth out of sports - it’s much deeper than that. As Wikipedia explains, it is also embedded in our mathematical understanding, so it impacts our financial understanding and can drive the way we think about money and stewardship. If you stop and think about this concept, the zero-sum mentality just might drive many areas of your world.
Have you ever been in a car when the engine overheated? The smell is horrible, and the only safe option is to pull over and stop the car. Total shutdown. There are many reasons a motor will overheat - but I am not going to dig into proper maintenance of a motor...I am going to shift into the more uncomfortable topic; are YOU running too hot, or running your team or organization too hot; nearing overheating and total shutdown?
My friend and team member, Cameron, turned me onto this productivity planner a while back. Honestly, I was not too interested at first. I had a fairly robust process in place for my planning and always felt like I was strong when it came to productivity.
Well, after some continual promptings from Cam, and some realizations with my more analog style...
I am not one that believes this current generation or set of realities our society is facing is harder or more dire than anything we have ever faced. I believe that line of thinking is a bit idealistic and ignorant. However, I do think that each generation and period face unique issues and challenges it must navigate with great wisdom and discernment. As a parent of basically two teenage daughters, wisdom, and discernment are regularly called upon words in my journal and prayers.
Do you have a learn and grow list? A list of people that have gone before you that are better, smarter and wiser than you?
According to research, our brains are best the first 2-3 hours of the day. With 24 hours in a day, the simple math is the first 10% of the day we are the sharpest. The first 10%.
Take a moment and evaluate your first 2-3 hours of your day. What are you doing? Where is your time going? Are you maximizing your best?
Being strategic is a gift, it’s a blessing. However, over time I have learned a downside of being Strategic. The downside is, I like process. I like a clear and connected pathway of how we are going to get from here, to there. A-Z comes relatively easy to me. When I see the path in my mind, I can easily wind through complexity and map out a pathway with little effort.
All sounds good, right? Not so fast.
This weekend we had an opportunity to join some of our good friends at their lake house. My friend is an HR executive at a large public company here in OKC, so he is very familiar with Myers Briggs. He happens to be an INFP, and according to the Star Wars comparison, he is Luke Skywalker. My ENTJ personality is Princess Leia.
Those area's you and I are trying to develop, trying to grow in we must practice. And practice the "right" way. Practicing with precision and intentionality is the key. Put yourself in extreme practice conditions on purpose. Whatever you are are practicing for, make sure the environment is as similar as possible.
Move the “Center of Mass”. Everything changed for the high jump when the simple understanding of physics was leveraged. When Dick Fosbury used the Fosbury Flop, the center of mass was moved outside of his body. This was critical because when the center of mass was moved outside of his body, with the same amount of energy, the jumper went higher. The bar was raised.