Hey guys, how did you like that recent Super Bowl? We’ve all heard the backlash that it wasn’t a great game, not a lot of touchdowns, very defensive and not that exciting. I actually loved it, for two reasons.
1. I love to see the “best” perform the “best”.
In a world when most people bemoan the “best”, I love to see the “best” in action. And I love it when they continue to have success. Why? Because it’s harder to have continued success then initial success. Anyone can be a one hit wonder. It takes a special commitment to work ethic, discipline and love for what you do to continue being the “best”.
2. I love to see the “best” crave adversity.
In a world where today’s many generations run from their problems, the “best” just tackle it head on. They actually crave the test, the challenge, the grind of the task at hand. Do they fail? Of course, because they put themselves in tight spots that really push them. The result? A drive in the 4th quarter with 3 pinpoint passes that leads to a big touchdown to take a stranglehold of Sunday’s Super Bowl. Tom’s been there, craved the test, failed so much and now his level of experience and success in tough situations is unmatched in pro sports. Maybe the history of pro sports. Think of all great’s. Ali, Jordan, Gretzky, Brady, Federer. They're all the same. They craved adversity, they didn’t run away from it and in the process built a database of experience on how to successfully navigate the tough situations when everything is on the line.
You see, people who win in all facets of life, it could be their family life, personal life, business life, volunteer life etc, put themselves out there. And not just out there in their comfort zone. They are looking for the big challenge. The pie in the sky. Almost reckless hope. But that’s why they win. They go big, fail and go at it again. If you do that long enough, hard enough, deliberate enough, you’re guaranteed at some point to WIN. Sure, guys like Brady, Ali, Jordan, Gretzky and Federer have special athletic gifts that have been instrumental in the success in their careers but that athletic talent with their ability to think big, crave adversity and go back at it again is the special ingredient that all of us, regardless of athletic ability or talent can go after. Most of us don’t and we put a ceiling on our true performance potential.
So, guys, let’s get after it. Let’s be excited about the opportunities in your life. Let’s crave a big challenge and the adversity it can provide. Let’s do the best we can but embrace failure as learning. Let’s trust a hope and go at it again, and again and again. Maybe just maybe, God’s blessed you with a special athletic gift, or a heart of compassion or a gift to communicate, or a brilliant mind that coupled in the midst of that adversity will propel you to your true maximum performance… The one where God just smiles back at you, just like he did to Tom on Sunday.