Have you ever struggled at something new? Do you understand when to do something fast and when to slow it down? Have you executed under pressure while changing pace because your boss has given you an additional assignment? This is all evidence that we all play a sport that we thrive in. This is also evidence that game speed is required in every aspect of our lives.
Game Speed is the speed at which you do things competitively. When coaches and trainers train players, they understand that when something new is introduced, the player and or team will not be able to execute the objective at game speed. Unfortunately, the player will not always understand this concept and get frustrated and sometimes give up because they are not able to master the concept in a short period of time. However, others persevere through and master the concepts. This is when we marvel at how well they performed while not completely understanding the amount of time, effort and hard work that was required behind closed doors.
Game speed is important because everything can’t be done fast and everything can’t be completed at a slow pace. Your pace is everything and understanding when to excel and when to decrease your speed is essential for being successful. You can’t jog the 400m run but you can’t sprint the entire race either. You can’t sprint an entire marathon but you don’t start off slow and you better not jog to the finish line. In football, there is the two-minute warning and IF the team is down, they have a system which will give them the ability to score regardless of where they are on the field. In basketball, teams press or guard full court, to speed up the opposing team if they want to speed up the pace of the game or if they are trying to get more possession. Everything has a game speed associated with a pace. Do you have a hurry up offense when you need to get aggressive in life? Do you have a stingy defense when life seems to go wrong?
Sprinting does not always mean actually running, it can mean acting on something quickly or making quick decisions. Jogging could be the exact opposite meaning you understand that the decision that needs to be made should take some time to make and making a quick decision is not in your best interest.
We all need to understand what is our effective pace depending on the game we play. Game can be the synonym for family, relationships, friendships, work, dreams, school and so on. The point is at the end of the day these “games” are our lives broken down into what is important to us based on our priorities and what we are committed too. We have to have a pace in which we are effective in all the “games” we play because life is no game.
Life is a race that is built on pace and game speed. Understanding your game speed and the pace to execute your life will put you in a great position to be consistently successful.
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