Getting A Game Plan


By Tash McGill

get-a-game planI’ve been thinking a lot about reinvention lately. The first person to teach me about life strategy had just made some colossal mistakes and lost his job, his family and his idea of himself. He taught me that life happens in three parts; you learn, you earn, you return.

A few years later I came to thinking that you could reinvent and redesign every five years or so. Seemed like a reasonable plan – I mean, in five years you can retrain, you can graduate high school, you can send a kid to kindergarten.

Now I think, you can reinvent anytime you have the chance. Any new beginning and every ending is a chance to reinvent. You’ve got to reinvent the right thing though.

I’ve known a lot of people who’ve tried to reinvent themselves but failed. I think we are wired through nature, nurture and experiences to be who we are so trying to change ourselves is often counter-productive.

The Rugby World Cup is starting in a few weeks. (That’s the greatest game in the world. Seriously, you should look it up. ) The tournament only comes around every 4 years and it’s always a tough competition. You have to choose the best 31 players to join your squad, from which only 15 players can take the field at a time. Rugby players are not carbon copies of each other and they age a lot between World Cups. The 2011 champions are all a lot older than they were four years ago and they’re playing with new, less experienced members too. They have different strengths and skills, so every time a player combination changes you need to be able to change the strategy.

The objective is always to get the ball across the line. The ball doesn’t change, the objective doesn’t change, the rules don’t change. The only thing that you can change is the strategy of how you’re going to get there.

A friend of mine has just come out of rehab. It’s serious stuff. He’s learning he can’t change himself or his desire to drink. He can only change his tactics and strategy for living in a way that doesn’t harm himself or his family.

So every ending and any new beginning is a chance to reinvent your strategy. To get a new game plan instead of letting life just wash over you, hoping you’ll eventually get to where you are going.

The beginning of a new school year can feel overwhelming when you have no idea what’s going to come your way. Maybe you’ve lost valuable relationships, maybe your workplace environment has changed. Maybe you’re just bored or tired, exhausted at the idea of another year of all this.

Change your game plan. Whatever it is that you want to see happen this year; get a plan. And have a strategy in case that plan doesn’t work. Here’s a hint: that strategy begins with “Get back in the game.”