Living & Learning – Keeping Score


I personally have found keeping score of my life to be helpful. Don’t get me wrong I am not obsessive with this, rather I see it as a tool for occasional use to renew, reset and refocus. How do I keep score? Pretty simple, I use the same performance standards that I was graded when I was playing football in college (probably one of the few positive things I got from that experience). It is simply three descriptors:

    – (minus)
    0 (Zero)
    + (Plus)

A minus is poor, not up to standard. A zero is average, just good enough, nothing outstanding. A plus is very good, outstanding work, something you want to repeat. Obviously, I would like to see all plus signs, but that is not realistic. I have learned much from the minuses and zeros. The key is to take action and correct or reinforce in that area, possibly to dig deeper. I rate myself in the following broad areas of my life:







Sometimes I only rate myself in one or two categories if I feel I need to focus better on that area. I have learned that just going through the process of grading gives me deeper insights on what I have done and what needs to be done. Ultimately for me it is part of the growth process of getting better at getting better.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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