Improve Your Performance by Reviewing Your Game Film

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We spend our days, hours, and weeks getting things done, becoming more productive and attempting to make our mark on the world. But we a rarely take the time to pause, reflect, and make sure our inner compass is aligned with where we ultimately want to end up.

Todd Herman is a performance coach for Olympians and billionaires. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about what it means to perform at the highest level. In a recent interview on the Unmistakable Creative, he said the following

I don’t think you can uncover those parts of you that would be perceived as weaknesses, but are really strengths unless you do some reflection, and you have some sort of rhythm in your life where you consistently look at your own game film. Then you can start to spot those little dots that create some sort of picture as to who you are.

If you’ve ever seen the TV show Friday Night Lights or any football movie,you’re somewhat familiar with the process of reviewing game film. In our lives, we all have our own versions of game film, which is made up the work that we do each week. By reviewing our game film we can adjust accordingly and improve our performance.

How to Review your Game Film

As an author, writer, and podcast host I create a ton of content every week. This is what a possible review my game film would look like. Sunday is the ideal day to review my game film because it’s when I’ll plan the following week.

Let’s say I’ve published 3 articles on medium and written one chapter of a book. I would read each of the articles and the chapter again on Sunday, make note of what could be improved, and jot down new ideas in my notebook. A few other things I can do to review the “game film” of my writing:

  • I could look at the number of views on each article so I can have a sense of what’s resonating and what’s not.
  • I could look at my Rescuetime dashboard to see how much time I’m actually spending writing, based on how many hours each week I use Macjournal. As you’ll see below, because I’ve been traveling I’ve spent much more time screwing around on the internet than usual.
(Ideally you don’t ever want your game film to look like this)

Every Monday and Wednesday we publish an interview on the Unmistakable Creative. On Sunday I would review each interview, make a list of questions I should have asked, and make notes of what the most important takeaways were from each interview.

For example, I had the idea for this article based on the conversation I had with Todd Herman about dispelling the myths of success and goal setting. I wrote it down on a notecard, something I learned from Ryan Holiday’s Notecard system.

Finally, I would review the numbers. In my case there are three numbers that matter to me:

  • Revenue
  • Email subscribers
  • Book Sales

As I’ve said before, measurement improves performance. And measurement and metrics are a critically important part of reviewing your game film.

Performance against anything in life isn’t really true high performance unless you can track it against some sort of number. — Todd Herman

I also type the numbers out in a giant font, print them and tape them to my wall so I have a constant reminder of where I’m currently at in relation to where I want to be.

Reviewing your game film doesn’t just have to be something you apply to your work.

  • It can be applied to your health and fitness by reviewing your weekly exercise and eating habits.
  • It can be applied to your reading habits by tracking and measuring how many pages or how many books you’ve read each week.
  • It could be practicing this 30 second habit that will change your life.

If you wan to truly improve you performance, make it a weekly ritual to review the game film of your life.

Listen to the Interview with Todd Herman

Before You Go…

If doing the best work of your life is important to you, you’ll love my free guide: “Optimizing Productivity & Creativity.

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