Defining Your Gameplan

October 16th, 2007  |  Published in Preparedness

I’m a bit of a baseball nut. I can’t help but get excited for the playoffs every October, and I get even more excited if the team I’m rooting for is doing well. For baseball players, this is not just fun, it’s a job. They study and practice different aspects of the game, watching videos and doing drills to hone their skills. During a baseball game last night, the camera focused briefly on Micah Owings, the starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had just sat down after striking out Rockies slugger Todd Helton and was writing in a small book. In that book, Owings keeps information about his approach when facing different batters, including what worked and what didn’t work. The next time he prepares to face Helton, he will look back in his book and try to repeat his performance, basing his strategy on the knowledge he has of his opponent.

Do we have a personal game plan? Do we keep a record of the things that we do, including what works and what doesn’t? If we don’t attempt to learn from past mistakes or successes, we can’t expect to progress. Personally, I’ve set a goal to apply this at work, basically creating a personal user’s manual for all of the things that I routinely do. What other aspects of life could this be applied to?

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