You Are Like A Performance Car!
by Mark Cammack May 15, 2018
Above is a fine example of the esteemed 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge. Components of the vehicle are a matched system designed to bring about superior results. A person desiring performance must also balance affectors to gain ability.
A person and performance car are similar in many ways. Both have various types of motors, and require quality fuel, oxygen, and maintenance. Choosing wise paths to travel is also required.
In former years, I owned and restored the classic 1965-1970 era Pontiac GTO cars. It was fun to experience science with a hands-on approach. With the right tools, adjustments here or there to the engine could lead to immediate performance increases. Curious people would sometimes ask,”What is the one thing I can do to make my car faster?” My answer was,”It requires many changes.” Some persons ask the same basic question regarding human performance today. The answer has not changed.
People can alter their motivation, way of thinking, or nutrition for the better. These advances usually lead to improvement. Many work hard at sport, academics, or business. Yet is it not one or two adjustments or an iron willpower that leads a person to their highest levels of achievement.
For sports cars to perform well or enjoyably, they are designed to function as complete systems. Great thought is placed into each component and the environment the vehicle will be in. For a human being to obtain their potential we need to think deeply and creatively about how to reach goals. We must also get on the right track, and once there, stay in the fast lane. Just like in a race, time also cannot be replaced in life.
A proverb of auto performance is that there is no replacement for displacement. This means that the size of the engine is important. With all factors being equal, a 428 cubic inch engine will outperform a 217 cubic inch engine. The same is true for body performance. The motors are muscles and when developed provide stellar abilities.
With the brain, an important factor is the way in which neurons are linked. How volumes of information is handled is crucial. With a high output engine, the rate of firing of the wires to the cylinders is important. This is called timing. A human brain also has rates of firing or timing of neurons and circuits. When learning skills or performing, these rates are paramount to rapid achievement. To slow the timing, in either a GTO or person, results in performance loss. Many people are running slow and do not have to be!
With the proper modifications, a person can go from having average to high performance capabilities. How fast do you want to go?
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge photo is a derived work © Copyright 2018-2019 Mark Cammack. All rights reserved. The original picture is public domain from Wikimedia.
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