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Just One Thought!

While at his peak, ace-sprinter Carl Lewis was asked about the secret behind his consistent performance at the highest level and his ability to win so many races; Lewis said:

It’s not’s about gaining speed but about slowing down less than anybody else.

It takes a huge effort, something beyond our routine, everyday kind of work ethic, to reach the levels of performance needed to be World Best. And there are dozens of guys across the globe putting in the kind of effort-

Olympian effort! Going way beyond where the average person would stop.

–          You give up everything else,

–          There is just one big goal

–          You wake up each day with one plan – To be the best!

–          All the agenda items are about working that plan

–          You think about getting better at it, and then some more

–          It takes ages to make increment gain but the dream keeps you going

–           There is no time to be disappointed because the others are catching up

–          You are challenging yourself each day to get better than before

And then it’s your big day … the whole world is watching … you go out there and stun the field, even yourself!

The big names we hear about, follow, admire and wish to be like, be they sportspersons, professionals, businessmen, academicians or artists, they all follow the kind of work ethic mentioned above.

They do what it takes and some more; nothing else matters to them!

And when the preparation is that level, come the big occasion you are able to unleash unbelievable amount of energy, your performance leaves everyone else gasping!

The idea is to build up speed explosively, surge ahead of the pack before they can even blink and keep delivering unmatched levels of output long after the point where the competition expects you to run out of steam … awesome, jaw-dropping, world-beating levels of performance.

Such performance makes everyone sit up and take notice and after they are done with the cheering the stunned folks get busy trying to emulate you … and use your words for inspiration!

Have just one thought in your head … Be the best!


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  1. Jamy
    April 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Nice one Jay!

    • JayadevM
      April 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you, Jamy!

  2. April 2, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Okay, I will try!

    • JayadevM
      April 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

      What was that, Shoba?

  3. sunil k vaidya
    April 2, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Nice analogy… Carl Lewis can be example in any field, matter etc…

    • JayadevM
      April 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Thank you, Sunil.

      Yes, Carl Lewis was a great champion!

  4. April 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

    This is very inspiring! And who better to quote as an example than Carl Lewis? Good one J. When I feel myself slacking, I’ll remind myself of these words 🙂

    • JayadevM
      April 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Thank you, Raji!

      I am seeing a comment from you after a while.

      Yes, Carl Lewis had set such standards for himself that his performances could always be classified as superlative. Some of his records stand strong and tall long after his retirement.

      Glad you liked the article.

  5. Anantha Kumar
    April 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Wonderful post Jay.. If one reads all the phrases and statements, therez a common link (aka Murli Pillai) which comes out spontaneously.. It is all to do with self-analysis and self-competition.. Carl indirectly conveyed that he competed with himself and that set the tone for his exceptional performance.. Imagine, 100-metres dash champion and long-jump champion (apart from the 4x400m relay race – where he was the final sprinter carrying the baton). At the end of the day, his deeds and laurels only spoke. Long live King Carl – the undisputed track and field king!!!

    • JayadevM
      April 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Absolutely! He set a great example.

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