Monday, July 27, 2009

Michael Phelps' New Stroke

Michael Phelps is arguably one of the best athletes of all time, almost certainly the best swimmer and is without question built ideally for his sport.

Phelps is in Rome at the World Championships and apparently he and his coach had been working on a new stroke, windmill style, for him to...I don't know...I guess somehow get an edge.

I didn't work.

He was the slowest on the relay.

Bowman, his coach, said something to the effect of: "We won't try that again."

What is fascinating to me is that they would even fiddle with his technique. Why? He's clearly the fastest and best there is. Why mess with something that is great?


To improve there must be change.

I am in awe of the fact that they were willing to change what was clearly working to try to get even better. What if in our churches, lives and jobs we all had the same attitude? Many organizations do. And they benefit.

Even if it's the best it might be worth trying. So we might have to say: "we won't try that again." So what?