Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Redistribution Of ... Minutes And Seconds

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, 'You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.' The human spirit is indomitable." 

Sir Roger Bannister
The first man to break a 4-minute mile

How many of us have done something previously thought to be impossible?

It was thought to be physically impossible for a human being to run the mile faster than 4 minutes.


How did he do it?  With his brain!  He employed mental capital!

Setting a British record in the 1952 Olympics in the 1500 meter race, he still came in fourth place.  No medal!  It left him feeling "blown and unhappy," his words.

The experience spurred him to work harder.  He set a new goal - to run the mile in less than four minutes.

How did he do it?  By changing his regimen - his diet, and his physiology.  He trained by running INTENSIVE INTERVALS.  What is interval training?  It involves training with a series of low then high-intensity workouts, followed by rest and relief periods.  The high-intensity periods bring the body to or close to anaerobic exercise, and the rest periods of complete rest or lower-intensity exercise.

He thought out a way to better results!  And worked to make it happen.  Later becoming a neurologist, Dr. Bannister has been further involved with sports, even studying the effects of anaerobic steroids on the human body.  He is still a thinker.

Less than two years after his "failed" Olympics, he broke the 4 minute mile by clocking a 3:59.4 minute race!


The world changed!  Suddenly it was POSSIBLE!  And with that new mental paradigm out there, the sport changed forever, 46 days later his record was broken by one second!  And the record has been routinely broken ever since.

But wait! 

What if the "thinking" of the era said that it was unfair of him to take so much advantage on his own behalf.
What if the "thinking" of the era said that he had made all the other runners feel badly by such an accomplishment?
What if the "thinking" of the era said that the playing field needed to be leveled?
What if the "thinking" of the era said that Roger Bannister's stolen wealth, having won life's lottery, should be redistributed to the other runners? 
What if the "thinking" of the era said that Roger Bannister needed to "GIVE BACK?"

And so the "thinking" of the era decided to take the minutes of the fastest runners in that race, and award them (redistribution of wealth) to the slower runners in that race.  AND EVERYONE ENDED UP WITH THE EXACT SAME RESULT!

Explain to me, and I am serious, EXPLAIN TO ME, how this would benefit anybody?  ESPECIALLY the slower runners!  How are they benefited in any way?

And what would have been Roger Bannister's incentive to continue?
And how would that mental paradigm had shifted for all to understand that something was NOT, in fact, IMPOSSIBLE?


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