“The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth. It can reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour as it pursues its prey. Just look at its awesome speed, as it chases down that gazelle!” – Every Nature Program about Cheetahs
Do you think the cheetah has any idea how fast he’s going?
What about an eagle as it dives through the air to reach its prey?
Does the pelican think about his speed as he dives into the water to catch dinner?
Does the pole vaulter know how fast she’s running just before her jump?
What about the downhill mountain bike racer?
The answers to these questions are obvious. For each to be effective, none are looking at a speedometer to determine their next move. They aren’t referring to some magical heads-up-display to tell them how they’re doing.
In their critical moment, no measurements or brilliant strategic insights will impact the outcome. They will succeed or fail based solely on how they perform, in the next moment.
The moment is all that matters.
Speedometers don’t make speed. They provide external feedback and nothing else.
How often are you slowing down to check your speedometer, instead of focusing on your next critical moment?
Truth is, your moment is all that matters. There’s plenty of time for feedback later when it’s not stealing your speed.