NEXCUE Imagination Leadership

Don’t Stress about This Year’s Failures, Change Your Game Plan

I approach life like a long game filled with adventure and many players. You can’t control what happens around you, but what you do with your pieces on the board is your choice. It can be a bad or a good experience. It all depends on how you play the game. 

Here are three cues to help you change your game plan if you feel like you are not winning.

Play the infinite game and keep getting better

In my family, we like to play games. Since I have the heart of a teacher, when I am on a team with my daughter, I like to share a lesson about life. I remind her the moves we make, as a team, will affect both of us. I tell her real life is the same way.

If you play the infinite game, you recognize you are not only making moves for yourself but also for the people in your family, community, and on your job. The key to not letting the short-term setbacks discourage you is to focus on your mission of helping other people win.

Prepare in your off season for new success

My aquatic strength coach told me he trains athletes for the next level. In the off season, he trains some of the best-of-the-best competitors. Some athletes rest much of the time, but the elite ones take a rest but then put in extra work to improve their game.

I have applied this philosophy of self-improvement to my personal and professional development. While some take time off at the end of the year to make their resolutions, planning and goals, I take a different approach.

I start planning and setting goals on my birthday because that is when my new year begins. At the end of the year, I work on improving those areas of weakness. I make financial and educational investments to grow my business and expand my mindset and spiritual life. I hire experts, read books, attend webinars, and practice my craft. 

Yes, I take time to relax, but I keep improving my game when I am not working.  I can attest to the fact that a lot of my growth has occurred because of what I did in my off seasons.

Evaluate and constantly adjust

I had a pain in the lower part of my body that persisted for months. I applied heat and cold compresses, changed my workout routine, and stretched daily. 

To no avail, the pain was still there. 

It was not until I went to the chiropractor and got an adjustment that the pain went away. 

If things in your life are not running in the way they should, make an adjustment. I am always baffled by the amount of complaining some people do when their life is not going in the right direction. I don’t understand why they don’t channel their energy into making an adjustment. 

Every week, I continuously evaluate my plans and adjust my thoughts and actions to keep me on course. And when I don’t have the knowledge, strength, or skills to do what needs to be done, I seek help. For example, I once was $100K in debt. But I sought help from the Ramsey team, and now I am debt-free.So don’t stress.

Make the adjustments, and live a great life. NEXCUE!