Flank Speed

We’re acculturated and accustomed to holding a little bit back.

It’s a logical learned response to the expectation of being asked to “give 110 percent” after our first effort.

This expectation is designed into the engine room telegraph: full steam ahead is how you get from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor as fast as possible, but flank speed is the true boiler-bursting sprint speed used to dodge a torpedo.

Nothing and no one can go at flank speed all the time, or even for very long. (Not without risking a real blowup, anyway.)

But we can be mindful and intentional about when to push the throttle to the stops and see what we can really do at full exertion.