X’s and O’s

In tic tac toe, once you and your opponents have a good knowledge of the strategy of the game X’s and O’s become less important. What matters most is having possession more times than your opponent.

The strategy of your particular game or industry is far more complex. Inevitably though your opponent will have enough grasp of the technical and tactical aspects of your endeavor to once again play you evenly. So how do you gain a competitive edge?

Shift your focus away from X’s and O’s and put the quality and quantity of effort at the forefront. Spend more time and energy on the how rather than the what.

You reach a point where what you are doing is similar to what your opponent is doing. However, how you are doing it and how they are doing it is an area to explore and exploit to your advantage.

Ultimately, getting the work done right takes character. This takes some teaching, because many people are lacking in this area. Once taught, your team can now hold each other accountable for getting the work done the right way.

Likewise, mental toughness needs taught. Once taught it strengthens the likelihood that the work continues to be performed at a high level under stressful conditions.

So put the X and O on the back burner for a minute and think about how the 24 other letters of the alphabet will effect your ability to compete at a higher level.


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Educator/Author/Speaker/HS & NCAA Coach Character Coach Read Coach Moore’s book “On Character and Mental Toughness” Paperback available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. "The measure of your character and mental toughness is the space between what you are doing and what you could be doing." -Coach Bill Moore
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