What the Super Bowl taught us about resiliency
“Defeat occurs the moment that the thought of defeat is an acceptable outcome.”
Regardless of whether you rejoicing because of the victory, or in agony because of the defeat, we all can agree that Super Bowl LI will go down as one of the best games of all time!
The Patriots had every reason to accept the thought that defeat was inevitable. They could have easily started to go through the motions and allowed the Falcons to celebrate their inevitable victory.
Why continue to hustle to the ball to make a tackle? Why hold on to your block for an extra second hoping to spring your running back free? Why should you run your routes as fast as you can, on the chance it will be thrown to you?
Every player on the Patriots team had to fight the urge to succumb to thought of defeat.
This is a reason why we love football so much. The game teaches us so much about life, and what it truly means to Think Like a Champion.
Are You Resilient?
It’s easy to run out of the tunnel and have energy and passion on the opening kick off. But being able to hold on to hope when things don’t go the way you planned or hoped is the lesson we all can learn from.
I haven’t met a person yet that has not had to deal with the reality of things not working out the way they hoped or planned. We have all been confronted with challenges in our lives that have given us a justified reason to throw in the towel and give up on our dreams.
Proverbs 17:22 states, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Your actions are tied to your belief. The key to being able to have the mental toughness to hold on to your hopes and dreams regardless of what things look like is resiliency.
Resiliency is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, or the ability of a substance to spring back into shape.
Too many of us struggle to recover or bounce back when we hear bad news, or when something or someone disappoints us.
Here is a simple question to ask yourself to see if you are resilient in your life and relationships.
Q: Am I giving the same amount of effort?
Do you remember when you planned what you would wear, and where you would go out on your date with your spouse or loved one? Do you remember when you used to spend time preparing for your business meeting, and now you find yourself winging it in meetings? Do you remember when you cared about how your spouse felt and did what you could to make things right with them as quickly as possible?
If you are not putting forth the same effort as before the question you must ask yourself is why?
Has something happened that changed your opinion of not only what you do, but also how you do it?
If you are struggling with giving the proper effort, than you may need to deal with a form of disappointment or unresolved issue that is keeping you from offering the best of you in the relationship or at work.
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