The passionate noise of the 12th Man has become a metaphor for my life’s distractions. The 12th Man’s deafening noise comes screaming out of nowhere and wreaks havoc in my life. In life, noise can be more than just what we hear. It can be emotions, addictions, useless busyness, even the all-powerful face painted nut job of success. For a moment think of yourself as Colin Kaepernick and ask the question, “How am I handling the 12th Man?”
Here are five sounding boards I use in my life.
#1 Awareness: Be aware of the noise. Know where it’s coming from? I have learned from GoNetYourself that sound can be both magical and highly mysterious, but it’s the game changer to almost everything I do. Identification linked with honesty is the key to self-awareness.
#2 Cool Tools: There are times in life when I need a personal sound check. I have found keeping a detailed log of my daily habits is powerful. Identifying times allotted to daily activity over a 30-60 day period is acutely piercing to the heart. This little exercise will be your sound test to where noise is coming from.
#3 Communicate well: Learn to use noise to your benefit. When everyone else is frantic, calm communication allows for execution. Communicating well is key: be clear, be purposeful and be honest. When the power of the 12th comes, simple honesty brings clarity to most communication issues.
#4 Listen well: Listening well is the art of being ok with yourself. Listen to what people are not saying to you. Directly and indirectly – feed on feedback. Has anyone confronted you recently? If not, seek out feedback.
#5 Prepare well: Noise can scare the living bejeebers out of you and in the 4th quarter it rips your heart out. Understanding how to handle noise is all about preparation. Trust me the 12th Man is coming…prepare well. Preparation will enable you to relax in the midst of chaos, allowing precise execution. The key to preparation is knowing what is most important. Over the past few years I have seen the “Financial Crises – 12th MAN” wreak havoc in people’s lives. Those who already knew what was most important never flinched – they just narrowed their focus.
The greatest players cannot deny hearing the 12th Man ringing in their ears but instead have a unique ability to tune it out with keen focus.
P.S. – Please don’t forward to Colin – everyone else is loudly appreciated!
Comment below how you deal with the 12th Man in your life.