A great coach and mentor once said to me that rugby was all about ‘roles and responsibilities’.
If players understand what their role is and what their responsibility on the pitch it is to do, then generally you have a winning team.
The same could easily be applied to life in general.
To be successful as a mother or father, a work colleague or boss, a friend, a husband or wife, it is all about understanding your roles and responsibilities.
When an area of our lives isn’t quite going according to plan, generally, it comes down to losing sight of our roles and not carrying out our responsibilities.
Keeping a clear head isn’t always easy to do – in the last couple of minutes of a close scoring rugby match, in the strain of a busy day, in the midst of an argument – but if we can be much more mindful of our roles and responsibilities then we might make better decisions more often.
If you are not clear on your roles and responsibilities take the time to gain that clarity.
Sometimes that isn’t an easy thing to do.
After the their exit from the 2007 World Cup, the All Blacks began this process.
It was a painful process.
Today they are the most successful team, in terms of percentage of matches won and lost, in International Rugby.
Most people/teams begin their reviews after it all goes wrong.
Get ahead of the curve and review your roles and responsibilities now.