Peyton Manning is one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
He was NFL MVP 5 times.
He won 2 Super Bowls.
He holds the record for most passing yardage and touchdown passes.
But for as much talent as he had, he was possibly more well known for his obsession with getting better.
His commitment to watching game film, practicing, and constantly tweaking his approach is the stuff of legend.
But why is that even important?
Because it wasn’t his natural talent that got him to the top, it was his endless desire to get better at what he did best.
Like Peyton, you probably have some things in your life that you’d like to improve. It may not be anything that has to do with football, but I’d be willing to put a Peyton Manning sized paycheck on the fact that you would love to make some circumstance in your life a bit better.
It’s part of the human condition—there’s always a natural itch to grow, change, and evolve.
Some people are hands off in their attempt to change, sitting back and hoping things get better.
Others become obsessed with finding every piece of feedback they can so they can get down to business in the name of self improvement.
Peyton is obsessed.
Peyton is smart.
Be like Peyton.
Learning from Mr. Manning
So you don’t want to become a hall of fame quarterback. No worries! It’s not Peyton’s football acumen that needs to be emulated—it’s the way he studied himself to get better.
He spent hours and hours in the film room.
If his game film was a YouTube channel, it would have easily surpassed 1 million views from Peyton’s eyes alone.
It’s not that he was a narcissist and got off on watching #18 sling the ball around the field.
He was constantly searching for ways to tweak his approach and get better.
In order to get better, he had to have an idea of how he was performing at that moment. To improve is to get better at something. You can’t get better at anything if there’s no baseline of current performance.
The only way he could find that baseline was by spending endless amounts of time investigating how he was currently operating.
You can do the same thing.
Obviously, you don’t have any game tape to sit down and watch, but there are several ways that you can observe who you currently are and see what areas you can improve.
Again, by definition, improving something means that you are making it better. You can’t make anything better without knowing where you currently stand.
So, how do you become aware of how you’re currently operating, what you can tweak, and how you can change?
I’m glad you asked 😉
Being aware of how you’re thinking, feeling, or behaving at any moment in time is a valuable asset. As much as you’d like to give yourself props for your wicked memory, there’s a good chance that you forget most of the events (and the emotions that you attach to them) that occur on a daily basis.
Spending some time reflecting on those events, collecting your thoughts about them, and then writing them down will allow you to keep track of your mental and emotional state as you progress.
This is your game tape. Make it a daily practice and reflect on it over time and you’ll see yourself change before your own eyes.
One translation of the word meditation is “to become familiar with”, so by diving into a daily meditation practice, you are cozying up to and becoming familiar with your mind.
Creating space to focus on your breath and let your thoughts pass you by will give you an opportunity to see how your thoughts and feelings are operating in real time.
Awareness is always a gift.
Once you become aware of your thoughts, you can begin to shift and change them to improve your outlook on life.
Peyton Manning has plenty of coaches; none of them were better at playing quarterback than he was. A coach’s role doesn’t come from a place of superiority, it comes from a place of perspective.
My job as a men’s life coach is to show you your blind spots. There are parts of you that you don’t see for their reality. By having me in your corner, I’ll be able to shine a light on those behavior patterns, thought processes, and poor habits that have gotten you out of alignment with your goals.
Journaling and meditation are amazing ways to give yourself perspective, but hiring a coach allows you to get a truly unapologetic objective view of what’s really going on. With all three of these tactics in place, you would have to be one stubborn son of a bitch to NOT level up your life.
You may not have hours and hours of game tape to observe like Peyton did, but his commitment to observing himself is something you can employ in your life right now.
Once you see yourself for who you truly are, you can begin to:
- Let go of what’s holding you back
- Change habits that aren’t serving you
- Adjust your mindset to embrace the life that you want to live.
Peyton Manning rode this habit to a sure fire Hall of Fame nomination.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Start observing yourself today.