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IDEAL: Few things are more spectacular to see than someone performing at their best. And, it can be anything, not just sports.
I was watching a New York City window washer cleaning a window suspended outside the building on a movable platform he was secured so that would prevent him falling dozens of floors if the platform failed.
What was most impressive was the way he used his squeegee. In one single pass he could perfectly clean a window from top to bottom making gentle swipes side to side keeping the water mixed with the cleaner moving across the glass pane so at the bottom of the pane with one swipe of a towel the water was removed and the beautifully cleaned glass remained behind. It was the equivalent of watching talented artist painting an extraordinary painting without making a mistake.
It seemed the speed of how fast the squeegee moved across the glass was the key to the one-pass flawless cleaning.
He wasn’t racing to get the cleaning done in least time but intentionally maintaining a brisk pace that carried the water to the bottom of the glass before it dried on the pane but not so fast the water failed to loosen the dirt and grit on the glass.
The pace of his partner’s squeegee on his right seemed too fast as the water at the bottom flowed over the panes edge.
And, conversely, his partner on his left squeegee pace seemed too slow as the water seemed to dry on the glass leaving water marks and it didn’t glide on the glass like his squeegee did.
That speed sweet spot looked to be about 90% full speed.
I watched him do this again on another glass pane.
Same as before – smooth, controlled, brisk pace with clean swipe at the bottom to remove the dirty water.
Another observation was that he seemed in flow and enjoying himself while his too fast partner seemed stressed to the hilt to finish and his too slow partner seemed frustrated at the water spots and lack of progress.
To perform well at anything requires ideal pacing. If we’re too fast or slow getting to the finish line both end in less than optimal performance and disappointment.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.
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