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Throwing in the Red Flag

Dec 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

When an NFL coach throws a red flag onto the field, it’s a signal for the referees to review a play — usually a big play. Everyone takes a break from the action. Fans head to the concession stands, broadcasters discuss the play with their analysts, players huddle around coaches and referees come together to review.

This past week, after an important meeting I needed to throw in my own red flag. I thought I’d prepared for this meeting. I felt confident I could answer any questions or concerns, but it didn’t turn out that way. I left the meeting feeling frustrated and upset with myself, and I realized I needed to reflect on the experience and examine what I learned to improve my performance in the future.

To review and reflect on events in our lives helps us understand the way we see ourselves, others and the world. Reflective thinking helps us learn from our experiences and discover ways to integrate new knowledge, think about ways to handle situations differently in the future and identify what we want to improve on.

As I reflected on the meeting and how I reacted, I felt a sense of anxiety. This feeling has been my motivator to realize that even though I failed in my standards of professionalism, it allowed me to contemplate on what I did, how I felt, what I learned and how I will move forward. Just like in football, this reflection has allowed me to change future outcomes in my personal and professional life.

Many times, towers must think and act under pressure. Looking back over this past week, was there a time you needed to throw in a red flag to review and reflect?