“We Can Do Anything But We Can’t Do Everything”
— Author Unknown
With a car and four hours, you can drive from New York to Boston. Or you can drive from New York to DC. But you can’t do both.
You’re smart enough to write a marketing plan in one week. Or renegotiate a large contract. Or do performance reviews for all of your direct reports. But you can’t do all three.
Ability is not the same as capacity!
You can’t score Twenty points in one play.
Coaches know this. Athletes need reminders.
In football, the most you can score in one play is six points. In basketball, only three.
If you’re down twenty and try to catch up in one play, you’ll fail. Even if you only think about all the plays you’ll need to catch up, you’ll fail.
One play at a time.
*a four-point play after a foul doesn’t count because you can’t plan for it 🙂