There has never been a better quarterback than Peyton Manning. In fact, there has never been a better football player. I’m not the biggest football fan in the world, but Manning is worth studying. You want to be Peyton Manning.
The Discipline of Presence
Watch Manning during a football game. But don’t just watch him when he is playing. Watch him when he is on the sideline. When the defense is on the field, Manning is studying. He’s looking at charts, his charts and his opponent’s. He spends almost no time shooting the breeze with his teammates. Manning is 100% present and he is focused on playing–and winning–the game in front of him.
How different would your results be if you maintained that level of presence?
Awareness and Adjustments
When Manning is on offense and steps up to the line to lead his team, he starts by barking out commands. He has what the Germans call fingerspitzengefühl, or fingertip feel. He is so in tune with what he is seeing in front of him that he can tell his team what to expect from the defense they’re facing and what adjustments they need to make.
Manning can change the play at the line of scrimmage because he recognizes the patterns he sees in front of him. He isn’t a robot, an automaton. He doesn’t run a play that is doomed to fail because that was the play he planned or because he has run that play successfully in other games. His awareness allows him to make the necessary adjustments.
How much better would your results be if you were aware of the patterns in front of you and made the necessary adjustments?
A Passion for the Game
Manning has a passion for the game. It’s very clear he loves football. He isn’t going through the motions.
Most people believe Manning was born to play the game. But he wasn’t. He was raised to play the game; he was built. He’s been coached, trained, and developed from a young age. That development combined with his passion is what makes him the greatest-to-ever-play-the game football player.
If he were complacent, resting on his laurels, he wouldn’t be the greatest to ever play the game. He wouldn’t be Peyton Manning.
What would change if you brought your best, most passionate self to your business endeavors?