First down and goal to go, just a yard from the end zone. The call came from the sideline: quarterback sneak. Anticipated by the defense, the play netted zero yards. The second-down play was a quick fake to the left, followed by the running back’s dive up the middle. No gain. The third-down pass fell incomplete, almost intercepted. Behind by four points with only seventeen seconds left in the game, the team was down to its last play. What would it be?
Each down, the coach had called the play he thought had the best chance of success. Yet in three tries, the team had failed to gain a yard. He’d made a career of understanding the game. He knew all the possibilities. What would work on the fourth try?
That was anybody’s guess.
Amazingly, victory often comes when the plan is scrapped in favor of what will work at that moment. And nobody knows what that will be until after the ball is snapped.
What’s the point? As important as goals and strategies are, the odds of success are small if we blindly follow the plan. The more work we put into the plan, the more we believe in it and are sure it has to work. And the less likely we’ll be willing to adjust, but that’s exactly what we must learn to do. Why? Because the factors we visualize under our control during the planning stage seldom work out that way when the game is played.
If we want to reach the goal God has for our lives, the moves we make each day are most important.
Men want to map their entire journey, but God shows them only the next step. — Proverbs 16:9
Former Denver Broncos running back Reggie Rivers says focusing on your goals is the best way to fail.