Basketball coach Roy Williams never checks the scoreboard of any game he’s coaching until the last 8 minutes of the second half.
He says it’s because the score doesn’t always tell the truth of how the team is doing.
You might be playing lousy in the first half – and you erroneously think all is well because you’re winning on the scoreboard.
Or you could be losing – but the opposing team is hitting bad shots. You’re playing great – but you just need to make a tweak or two.
So what does Williams look at? Well, he checks the stats at half-time to see what needs to be improved, tweaked or re-strategized. He looks at what he can do. He finds out the score at half time – but he doesn’t make any changes until he sees how the game is really being played.
Why does this matter to you?
Well, because the score can make you lackadaisical. The score can make you scared. The score can make you miss what tweaks you need to make. The score can slam you into your emotions and fears so fast that you forget your power to strategize and tweak the one thing you DO have control over:
The actions you take next.
In other words, in the middle of the game the score is not always an indication of how you’re doing.
Same goes for, well, pretty much everything.
Maybe your scoreboard (the scale, your income, your sales, your list size) isn’t at the exact number you want it to be –
But don’t let that number fake you out.
Instead, check your “stats” – by asking yourself:
1 – What have I learned during this process so far? How have I grown?
2 – What changes or tweaks do I need to make?
3 – What questions do I need answers or guidance about?
Then, ask yourself this:
Have I done everything I could do TODAY to make this situation better?
If not, what is the next SINGLE step that I can take right now.
Don’t check the scoreboard. Just take the very next step.