What narrative are you telling yourself?

Imagine it’s the third quarter and you are behind goal.  Imagine you are way behind goal.  What would you be telling yourself?

storyA lot of us would throw in the towel.  We would fall into a mood of resignation.  And the likely story running through our heads, “Nothing that I or anyone else does will make a difference, so there is no point in trying.  I will never hit that goal.”

Now imagine if such a story permeated the minds of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI.  They were falling short of their goal – way short.  In fact, at the beginning of the third quarter, they were down 28 to 3.  By this time many people had turned the game off and went to bed.  Those that continued watching now heard commentators making final conclusions of a Patriots loss.  It seemed as if the game was over.

No one would have faulted the Patriots if they too became preoccupied with the score.  Even their most supportive fans likely resigned from the chance of a victory.  But the Patriots did not.  In case you missed it, Super Bowl LI went down in history.  The Patriots fought back from a 25-point deficit and ended their season as Super Bowl champs; they met their goal.

Just like the Super Bowl, our business has four quarters.  And just like the Super Bowl we find ourselves behind goal.  Do we resign from our effort or will we remain curious as to the numerous possibilities left to finish ahead of goal?

The story you are telling yourself will either hold you back or propel your forward.  If it is not working, then change the story.  Literally the narrative going on between your ears determines how you participate in the game.

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What the NFL Super Bowl Taught Me About Work

Did you see that game?  WOW!

Whether you follow the NFL or not, you got to admire the fact that two teams rose to the top out of a field of thirty-two.  Imagine the discipline it requires to reach a Super Bowl?

super-bowlIn sports, just like any competition, we often talk about those who “want it” more than others. These are the people who show up early, who use up every ounce of effort in pursuit of their best performance.  Individuals for whom defeat is viscerally painful, the ones who will stop at nothing to succeed.

Whether it is on the gridiron or in the halls of an office, everyone’s actions on a team can make the difference between winning and losing.  On the field, this can be as obvious hustling towards a fumbled ball.  It could mean the difference between a win or a loss.  At work, the link between daily activities and the success of team can be less obvious but the same holds true.

Another main component of successful teams is an ability to break down the end goal into smaller parts.  Instead of focusing on the big goal of playing in the Super Bowl, NFL teams focus on the weekly steps that will help them get there.  The same goes for business, the same is true for us!  Dissect each week, identify the key activities you must execute, and immediate results that need to be accomplished.

Where will you and/or your team finsh come year end? Will you give every ounce of effort in pursuit of your best performance?

The Patriots were down 28 to 3 in the second half yet they dug in and won against the odds. If you are behind goal to date, will you give it every ounce of effort to win or will you take the easy rooute and give up?

These are questions you must ask and answer for yourself.

P.S. Go Steelers in 2017!

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