ReHash, ReHearse

One More Time…Again…

AgainBoth Rehash and Rehearse have similar meanings but are really two different words.

Rehash, either as a verb or a noun, essentially has the connotation of reworking old material to be used again and has it roots in dealing with literary applications. Hmmm…. Written material being reworked and reused.

Rehearsal can also be a verb or a noun, but relates to going over something again as in preparation for future use. It’s etymology comes from an old French word describing a harrow or a rake dragging over the ground. “Re” simply says to do it again. Over, and over, until it’s ready for future use. Hmmm… It’s actually a farming phrase…

Yet both have the concept of redoing something again. Either from thinking about something old and possibly reusing it for the future, or from going over something again and again until it is prepared for the future.

Why do we rehash and rehearse?

Rehash is taking something old and making it different than before, and then using it perhaps over and over in newer forms until it is all used up. In one way it’s like taking left overs from a meal and reusing them over and over in future meals until there is nothing left to use.

Rehearse is practicing something over and again until you feel like it’s ready to be used a final time. Getting it right is the reason for rehearsing.

Different words. Different uses. Different outcomes. Use it up, or get it right to be used.

I read a quote of Michael Jordan this morning.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Notice. His statistics are focusing upon being “in the game” and not the thousands upon thousands of practice shots from the first time he ever picked up the ball. Sometimes, in your “production” of life, all  the hours and years of practice still do not produce the results you are trained for.

Tiger Woods took a leave from the game of golf this past February. He is far from his prime, but his game was not as perfect as it had been in prior years. Many reasons, but the one thing I took note of this past week was a comment from a golf analyst who could tell the difference of the way Tiger played his game at the Masters. He was playing different than before. New body movements. New clubs. And a return to a style of playing of earlier and more successful seasons.

I think about this as I rethink this past weekend. What could I have done to have better results? How do I “rehearse” for better results next week?

We all know of Einstein’s famous quote: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

When your results are sub-par, you do not repeat the same pattern or plan as you move forward. You do not get into the next “game” and expect different results if you did not improve your rehearsal of your plan to produce.

You know that old joke: “Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off who was left? Repeat.” Then you keep saying it over and over again until the answer is different, right? Well, the answer never changes if you never make a change to the joke.

A quote from the weekend sort of sums up my plan for the future:
“I asked @JohnCMaxwell what he learned from SUCCESS. He said, “Not as much as from failure.” ~via Dan Rockwell


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