Every lesson learned has been learned by someone else.
Some people learn them better.
**Disclaimer: I am a Steelers fan, but can also recognize greatness.
The Falcons lost the game. Atlanta “should” have won Super Bowl 51. Everyone “shoulds” on themselves. It stinks. As the great Victor Antonio says: “We all need to stop ‘Shoulding’ on ourselves.”
Some will say the refs weren’t fair. Some will say the Patriots cheated.
Some will make excuses. Others will accept that there are things you can do to win.
Tom Brady has won more super bowls than any quarterback in NFL history. There are some good reasons why.
In order to complete the dramatic, come from behind win, Tom Brady displayed 3 specific qualities of leadership that all winners show:
- Reliable Consistency – Tom Brady didn’t let his team give up, he kept performing in a consistent manner, even with all the emotions that come from being behind, he stuck to the game plan. His consistency inspired the rest of the team’s play. Tom called the right ‘audibles’ and delivered solid throws. He kept going. His performance only got better, even when the game was going the wrong direction.
- Winners Mindset – Tom made sure his mind was right. He believed he could win, so he did. He never doubted. Even with a massive deficit, he trusted his team. He trusted his coach. He trusted himself. Tom Brady truly believed that his team was better, it proved to be so. He doubted his doubt and listened to his inner courage, his inner voice of strength.
- Trusted Experience – he relied on the fact that he had done this before. He had won the big game and didn’t worry about the minor setbacks because in the end, the planning, preparation, endurance, and training will shine through if everyone on the team has the proper mindset and is consistent. He had been there before and felt he could do it again.
The main reason:
Success in the beginning is not nearly as important as success at the end.
That is a true lesson for life, for business, for relationships, and for health. The most important time to perform is after all the trials come, not before. When you perform consistently, with strong belief, and rely on previous experience, you can overcome the odds and become triumphant.
Your mindset determines your actions. Your actions determine your outcome. Learn from your mistakes to make the people around you better. Keep going. Endure the struggles to make sure you are in a position to succeed at the end.