3 Things To Learn From Peyton Manning

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There is something amazing about watching people perform a task that they are insanely good at doing. For the last 3 weeks I have caught myself glued to the TV screen for every Broncos game. The way Peyton leads his teams, reads the defense, and makes play after play is incredible. There is no other QB I would rather have throwing the ball.

I’m no Erin Andrews but here are 3 things that make Peyton Manning great:

  1. He looks at defenses and calls out what he sees
  2. He makes necessary changes (audibles)
  3. Learns from the play for next time

None of these 3 things are secrets. Every team in the NFL can watch his film and see him go through the 3 steps almost every single snap. I think that’s Peyton’s secret: he does them often and he does them well. Peyton is great because he has a lot of practice. (Stay with me all you non-sport-fans, we are getting to the leadership and life application segment.)

There are things to be learned from Peyton Manning that go way beyond being a great quarterback.

3 Things To Learn From Peyton Manning:

1) Look around. Call out what you see. 

Our words are powerful. What we say to others can influence them in huge ways. First we have to open our eyes and be aware of the great things people are doing around us. Secondly, we need to tell them that we think what they’re doing is good. Let them know you notice them and that what they are doing is worth it. Our words can be great tools to encourage, affirm, and cast vision.

It’s as simple as telling someone I See You, and I like what I see.    

2) Make necessary changes (or adjustments).

Change is neither good nor bad. However, necessary change is always good. It may be difficult or frustrating, but it has to be done. On the other side of the coin, change for the sake of change is almost always bad. The key word here is necessary.

If something isn’t working change it, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.  

3) Continue to learn.

“Next time” is a bitter pill. We can’t look at bad results as complete failure. As cheesy as it sounds, there is usually a next time. Often we confuse losing small battles with losing the whole war. We have to identify small tasks or battles, do our best to tackle them, and learn from them whether we accomplish them or not. Learning must take place either way.

Make learning a top priority whether you fail or succeed at a task.


Do any of these 3 things apply to your life?

If so, how?

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