Plan, Do, Review
Who doesn’t love a good sports analogy? If we allow them to, the disciplines in sports can teach us so much about life… here’s a powerful lesson from the king of them all: American [real] Football 🙂
The sixty minutes of play in every football game are broken up into 4 quarters. At the end of each 15 minute segment, the clock stops and each team has a few minutes to gather their thoughts, review their strategy, and adjust in effort to improve for the next 15 minutes.
I’ve watched a lot of football games in my day, and I can tell you games are won and lost by a team’s ability (or inability) to adjust at the end of those 15 minute segments.
Even if you aren’t the worlds biggest football fan, you’ve likely witnessed what I’m talking about: A team comes onto the field seemingly incapable of doing a single thing correctly. They drop passes, they fumble, they miss blocks and the defense has the ball ran down their throat.
Quarters like this seem to go on FOREVER. But eventually, the clock winds down…. and something magical happens.
Amazingly, after those few minutes of adjustment, there appears to be a different team on the field.
The defense is making stops. The quarterback can do no wrong. And before you know it, your team is in the endzone.
What happened? They made the necessary adjustments to ensure their success.
Now I’ve got to warn you…. I’ve seen it go the other way, too. If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, you’ve seen it happen perhaps one time too many:
There are few things more agonizing than watching a 28-point lead diminish into a big fat L as the clock winds down.
Because it doesn’t really matter what the score is at the end of the first quarter. Or at halftime. Or at the end of the third.
All that matters is the final score. The ultimate stat. The W or the L.
But that ultimate stat is determined by your ability to adjust throughout the game.
Likely, you set some goals (I pray you didn’t make resolutions!!) at the beginning of this year. And at the end of each quarter the time has arrived to review and adjust.
Are you on fire? Or do you need a different team on the field for the next quarter?
The fact of the matter is, it really doesn’t matter either way. You can be in field goal range, or still sitting on the other team’s goal line. The good news is, there is always another quarter left to play. But I guarantee you won’t get the W if you don’t adjust.
So take some time today to review your goals and your plan of action:
- What worked for you in this past quarter?
- What didn’t work at all?
- If you could do 1 thing differently in next quarter, what would it be?
- Are you on target, or do you need to up your game?
Success begins with awareness: First, awareness of where you are. Then, awareness of where you want to be.
The next step is to adjust your plan of action to shorten the space between the two during the next quarter of play.
Go get that W!
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