In the RIO 2016 Olympics a runner outdid herself and set the social media apart into two teams; stick with the old or desperately get rid of the old in the bid to win a medal. Yes, Shane Miller of the Bahamas soared belly-first over the finish line to win the women’s 400 metre final. She finished 49.44 seconds just seven-hundredths of a second ahead of the next person who already had 4 Olympic gold medals.
The aim of this #TAC article is not to justify her actions as legal or illegal. The Olympic rules and judges did crown her the winner so that would be a waste of your precious time. My aim is to help you see what most people fail to see. I saw a winner, Shance Miller. A winner who didn’t have 1 second to have an ethical debate in her head.
Author Malcom Gladwell in his book Blink, shared that we make many of our life transforming decision in fractions [even maybe seven-hundredth] of a second. And we do this without quite revising this.
Biologically and instructively, as humans when we are faced with flight or fight situations, we produce a hormone called Adrenaline which empowers us to ‘fly across the finish line’ towards our goals in life. Nobody stops to justify how we do/did such heroic acts, only that the situation demanded it and we delivered in fractions of seconds.
Now comes the problem and question. You most likely are not an athlete or Olympic runner but you should have goals or aspirations [the finish line] that you intend on crossing while on earth. I sure hope you do, but if you don’t. . . Don’t stop reading! Go get some goals. For those who do, what heroic ACTS are you unwilling to do to achieve those goals?
I chose unwilling ’cause most times we are our greatest obstacles. I have met highly ignorant Christians who believe God, or their pastors, would do all for them, including read the bible. I have met lazy people who wished they had Maltilda’s powers to move the remote control from the table infront of them into their hands. Honestly, I used to be that lazy. Then I gave up on telepathy and started using my legs.
I have equally met highly educated informed nuisances [some are politicians] who have failed to will themselves to action.
What we fail to see is ourselves in the light of Shance Miller, fastly approaching our goals but being eagerly chased by bad habits, family, tradition, culture, old thinking people, the status quote, a failed marriage, and abusive father, cheating husband, unappreciative children or colleagues among others.
We fail to relate the incident to our everyday lives.we fail to think differently, that the rule simply states the first athlete whose torso (as distinguished from the head, neck, arms, legs, hands or feet) reaches the vertical plane of the closest edge of the finish line is the winner. We fail to push ourselves off the ground and believe we can fly. We fail to Think Differently from the crowd.
We fail to Think Act Change.
Oladapo Omotosho is a trained public health specialist, public speaker and wealth generation consultant. He believes in people pushing the limits around them. He runs the Think Act Change (TAC) campaign which is focused on helping people get the best out of life. He currently has 3 years public speaking experience, a close relationship with God and is working on a project to impact 1000 lives directly before 2020.