the jinx of 4

I think there is something unlucky about us indians when we enter the finals of competitive events, example like Olympics..

  1. Milkha Singh – came 4th in Rome Olympics in 60s.
  2. PT Usha – came 4th in 80s.
  3. Abhinav Bindra – stood 4th in Rio 2016 Olympics
  4. Dipa Karmakar – 4th in final vault events in 2016 Olympics.

All came close..but so close and so far..the first 3 take glory, rest disappear in oblivion…

What might be the possible reason we Indians falter at the very last moment ? Is it the fitness issue or lack of practice or inability to handle high pressure or lack of final killing instinct move thought that prevents us from getting to glory? Or is it mix of all?

In my life so far, i have realized that inability to handle pressure is #1 reason why most of us fail to give our 100% effort in accomplishing certain tasks. This pressure can arise due to many factors but is there any way to minimize pressure or ultimately reduce it to a level that its presence makes no difference ?

May be there is. Right now i am reading this informative book – https://www.amazon.com/Performing-Under-Pressure-Science-Matters/dp/0804136726 to know about how to handle high pressure backed up by science..i have not finished reading it but so far whatever i read has got good content.

I am also thinking of – ‘algorithmizing life using patterns‘ using my computer science background to understand more about life and how to deal with it. I bet knowingly or unknowingly we make use of algorithms to take decisions in life but few are aware of it and virtually no documentation exists that can relate cs algorithms to life..

What is relation in life decisions and pressure handling? Simple – take best decisions and prevent getting in pressure cooker like situations. Of course it is not so easy to eliminate pressure completely from life, but who knows – by observing life patterns, documenting them and maybe trying to algorithmize them, we can greatly reduce stress that arises in pressure situations and lead a better life, make efficient use of resources..i was thinking on this concept since quite long  but found today to write something about it..

I wrote this post because last night i watched Dipa Karmakar getting 4th place in Olympic Gymnastic finals and just felt – how is it to face high pressure while competing with top athletes *with terrible burden of expectations from almost quarter of 1.5 billion indian population*

Scary even to think but this girl almost made it. It was tough luck but maybe next time she might make it. Till it happens, praying for rest of indian contingent to win atleast one medal in #rio2016

Also, wishing you all a Happy Independence Day 2016. May the future be good and awesome for all.