The birth of my third child led to some handy advice from a doctor. He told us, “You were playing man to man defense, and now you’ll just need to play zone.” We need to adjust.
Perhaps it’s my love for sports or my familiarity with the terms. Those seemingly simple words helped me see how my game plan needed to adjust for parenting. Of course, my INTJ Myers-Briggs personality began thinking about how this applied to most areas of life.
Professional athletes don’t prepare the same way for every opponent. If the team you face has a strong defense, you prepare to rival that. If they have a potent offense, you prepare accordingly. Many components of preparation might be similar, but there are adjustments required.
Halftime is a time for rest, but it’s also a time for reflecting and adjusting. Coaches make adjustments on the fly, but they also use their 15-20 minutes to talk to their team in private about what went well, what didn’t, and what needs changing to win the game.
Those are only the sports analogies. Adjusting a game plan applies to many areas of life.
We should each take time to reflect and adjust our plans so we can keep current with our strategy.
Whether we are aiming for a promotion, enhancing a relationship, or trying to win a competition, blindly doing something just because “it’s the way we’ve always done it” is unlikely to help our causes.
Results and political opinions aside, another great analogy I heard was in regards to the Electoral College and election process. Candidates don’t play to win the popular vote. While it makes sense that they’d like to capture the popular vote, that’s not what earns a victory. Thus, candidates adopt a strategy that involves swing states, key states, and avoiding places that they don’t need or have no chance of winning. It all comes down to strategy and adjustment.