In ancient Greece, a pole was placed across two pillars. Men were required to jump over it as a test of military readiness.
What became known as the “high jump” turned into a competition in the early Greek Olympics.
The first documented record (in the early 1800s) was 5’ 6”.
Continual raising of the bar demanded new jumping strategies and techniques.
In 1895, athletes were using a straight-forward approach known as the “Scissors Kick”. The record stood at 6’ 5.5”.
In 1912 a new record was set (6’ 6-3/4”) using what was called the “Western Roll”.
The threshold of 7 feet was reached in 1956 using the “Straddle Technique”.
Then- the game changed. It was 1967.
An athlete from Oregon State University developed a back-first-over-the-bar technique called the ‘flop’.
His name was Dick Fosbury.
He won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1968.
The technique, known as the “Fosbury Flop”, is still in use today.
Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor used it to set the current world record- 8’ ¼”.
18 inches increased height in 150 years.
0.12 inches per year.
This is what’s called- “incremental improvement”.
12-inch height increase within 26 years.
This is ‘quantum’ improvement.
Every now and then, someone (or something) comes along and changes the conversation (and the outcomes).
Dick Fosbury did it
In your world, could that someone be…you?
Incremental improvement simply doesn’t cut it.
What’s your ‘Fosbury Flop’?
Until next time…BE BOLD!