I had a cold that kicked my butt this past weekend so the only thing on my agenda was some TV, but this time I did something different.
I actually watched it.
You see, even when I have it turned on I’m not truly watching it. I’m usually on my laptop writing, working, or creating something. I have a bad habit of waiting until about 20 minutes into a movie and then looking up and asking my husband, “So, who is that??”
Yeah, you can imagine how the rest of that conversation goes. We'll file that under #ThingsThatDriveMyHusbandCrazy.
So this weekend, no laptop, no book, just some rest with TV. Some Saturday movies and the Sunday NFL playoffs.
Congratulations to the Steelers, Patriots, Packers, and the Falcons for moving onward. As they devise their winning strategy for the upcoming games this week, their days will most likely be spent breaking down the game film as a part of their tactics.
Breaking Down The Game Film
Breaking down the game film is where the coaches and players watch the film to chart trends, find correctable errors, and gain an understanding of their team on a deeper level. There are some things they can’t accurately judge (or see) in the heat of the game. Their approach also involves watching their opponent’s game film to look for the same trends and keys to their strengths and weaknesses.
It’s a teaching moment for the players and the teams that helps them tick and it’s a way to formulate future strategy that prepares them for success. Their goal is to figure out what happened, and why it happened.
How often do you break down your play film?
Should we do this in our own life? Should we break down our own ‘film footage’ – meaning putting aside time to assess what we’re doing now to help us prepare for tomorrow?
Just like in football, life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. If we can also figure out the ‘whats’ and the ‘whys’, that may compel us to take on challenges that will stretch us as much as they inspire us.
It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be a simple exercise and these questions are a good place to start. Think about this past year of your life and ask:
1. What’s been working well? Why?
2. What isn’t working well? Why?
3. What was planned versus what really happened? Why?
4. What can I do better the next time? How can I learn from my ‘whys’.
John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experience. It doesn’t have to be complex but if you take a few minutes to break down your personal film, what will it reveal to you?
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