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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Give the gift of knowledge – to yourself!

“What people actually need is not some tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him/her.” – Viktor Frankl

xmas-giftIt’s well known that people tend to follow the well-worn paths of what they already know. We fear what is new. We resist change.  So we keep doing what we’ve always done.

In doing so we fail to integrate, apply, and generate new thinking.  There is no doubt that this stands to limit our intellectual curiosity and our capacity to grow.

One example of this comes from a research project by University of Virginia psychology professor Daniel Willingham.  His study showed that teachers improved during the first several years, but after that, their learning curve flatlined. They started doing what they had always done.  The conclusion, they fell into a “veteran comfort zone.”

Regardless of our profession, why limit ourselves to what we already know?  We are shielding ourselves from change and perceived disruption, when in fact we should embrace them as learning opportunities.  After all, we are far better off operating in perpetual learner mode.

The greatest value comes in what we will learn in our lives.  I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and acquire new knowledge.  Never underestimate your own abilities.  Recognize learning is not a destination but instead a life-long journey!

Might this be part of your New Year’s reflection?  The choice is yours.

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