If you have been reading me for awhile, you know that I am a baseball fan. A lot of times you see a prospect come out of minors where he was tearing up the opposing pitchers. Once he gets to the majors, he does well for awhile. Then after a month or so, all of a sudden his batting average drops dramatically.
What has happened is that the opposing teams have had a chance to see what his weaknesses are. In the minors, they don’t have the time or resources. In the major league, they have tons of money for video review and personnel to watch every at bat and come up with a game plan to attack his weaknesses.
This moment is what determines if the guy stays in the majors or gets sent back down to the minors, perhaps never to come up again.
You Got to Make Adjustments
The saying in baseball is that you to to make adjustments. The new player has to make adjustments in his batting approach. Otherwise opposing teams will continue to hammer him.
It is the same in life. There is a great method of keeping on track called PDCA.
Just to touch on the first three. You have to have at least a general plan for what you want to do. I have talked before that we did extensive planning in Special Forces. We often intensively planned in isolation for a week or two before a mission.
Doing is another critical part of anything. You won’t get anywhere if you do nothing. A lot of times people paralyze themselves by being afraid that they will do something wrong. You got to get out there and try out what you planned to do.
Next, you simply check to see if you are getting the results you wanted. It is pretty simple. Did you get what you wanted or are you at least making progress? If not, you move onto the next step.
You adjust. As I talked about the new major leaguer before, if he keeps on doing what he was doing it is not going to work. Even if you are doing well for awhile, you have to constantly check and make adjustments. We did the same thing in the military. If the plan started to fall apart because of changing conditions, we improvised and adapted. The economy changes, your boss changes, everything changes.
You might as well accept that fact you will have to go through PDCA. Every plan is a good one until first contact or the first change.
How can you use PDCA in your life? Let me know in the comments.