Its the day of the big game. Invitations for the tailgating party went out a month ago. All of the friends you invited are arriving with their favorite game day foods. Everyone has their team’s jersey on and are ready for kick off.
Both teams come to the middle of the field for the coin toss anticipating they win the call to receive the kick off in the second quarter. And now the kick off! The room is loud for the rest of the game anticipating the “their” team’s big win.
Both teams on the field are keenly aware of one thing of the people in the black and white striped jerseys, black pants and shoes especially fitted with whistles and yellow flags. These refs are there to catch, call and interpret any infraction made on the field by any player on either team. The refs are there to officiate the game, making play fair between the teams.
Decision making is a big game day. Now, given, some decisions in our lives are more weighty than the other. Nonetheless, choices create momentum and momentum wins a game, a season and a championship super bowl. It determines destiny.
There are game rules in decision making. Infractions are called quickly and stimy momentum in an instance. Practiced execution, discipline, and determination and more times than not, adjustments at the line are made to offset the oppositions play call.
Rules of the Decision-Making Game
- Memorize your playbook. Our individual core values determine what we do, why we decide a particular way how we execute our plan. Second, guessing 100% of the time will rob us of confidence, sureness and effective execution of each play. It’s better to go full speed, all-in attack than to stutter step and be pushed back losing yards.
- Own the call. To own a call means to take responsibility for the call. Don’t have any hesitation. The opposition sees this as either fear or confusion. That’s like pouring blood in the water with sharks circling a sinking ship. Be sure and be strong. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments at the scrimmage line.
- Know your team well. Your team is your wife and your children. Be intimately aware of their talent and abilities to execute your call. Understand strengths as well as weaknesses. They derive their confidence from your leadership in practice preparation and game execution. When a failure occurs, team huddle, make the necessary adjustments and keep playing.
- Experience together builds team continuity. Winning or losing is done together as a team. That’s one of the elements that make a really great team. In victory or defeat, we stick together, learn from and build on past games (decisions) tightening our grip on future opportunities to win.
- Celebrate the win, learn from the loss. Teams are made up of individuals. Recognition for games well played make a player want to play harder, win more and most importantly, do it together as a team. When we lose, we lose together, and we grow together.
- Make the offseason energizing. Offseason is time for rest, rejuvenation and replenishment. In the in-between time, big decisions should be simplified as much as possible as far as we can see. Getting to know your family better each offseason makes a solid team.
#Purpose. #Identity. #Sonship. #Legacy.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of the member is the team. “ Phil Jackson