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