In sports or in business, it’s easy to get blinded by the score. Sometimes, the only math that matters is the power of one.
While in college, I worked in the sports information office where we were responsible for staffing games, reporting scores, etc. One of my co-workers handled baseball and he told me about our coach’s interesting approach to management.
Simply put, the coach never looked at the scoreboard. All he ever asked my friend for was inning, outs and if the team was up, down or even. So, when my friend was asked for situational info, a reply would be something like, “Bottom third, one out, up one.”
If coach looked at the scoreboard and it was lit up like Christmas at 9-7 or white-knuckled at 1-1, he reasoned that his decisions would be influenced accordingly. “Up, down or even” sharpened his focus on the field.
By ignoring the crooked numbers in lights, your decisions are situational not emotional. This style of “living in the moment” is how a playoff team gets blown out by 20 one night and wins by 10 the next. That loss still only counted as one game.
Look, numbers do matter. A sales manager once explained to me that if a particular loss leading line-item dropped from .2 to .0 it translated into a big increase in gross profits. However, by working on the situation instead of the emotion, imagine the clarity it could provide to your ongoing efforts.
So where’s your game? Up, down or even?
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