As a diehard Pittsburgh Steeler fan from the late 70’s, whose favorite players are John Stallworth and Rod Woodson and being a victim of the current Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, I can’t tell you how painful it is for me to write this article. I despise the patriots, no really I can’t stand them. However, I have to give them credit for an unbelievable , incredible victory. Not just a victory but a win for the ages. Not only did they put on arguably the best super bowl in history, they also provided an awesome teaching and life lesson for us all. Did I say I hate the Patriots?
Let’s look at it from a different perspective. Let’s just say that for some strange reason someone didn’t watch the game. They watched the Law and Order Special Victim marathon instead (good choice). So the following day they happen to be on the train to work and see a passerby’s newspaper stating CONGRATULATIONS PATRIOTS ON YOUR EPIC SUPER BOWL WIN!
So now they know the score and are very intrigued to actually watch it for themselves. So they immediately get to a quiet area and start watching the game on their device. They want to see this amazing Patriots team dominate the Falcons for the championship.
To their surprise the Falcons have a 3rd quarter lead of 28-3! Whoa! Isn’t this just like life? Either we read in the Bible that we are the head and not the tail, we are healed and prosperous, and victory is ours. Or we have a plan for our life that states at 20 years of age we will be here, at 30 we will be here and at 40 we will be here. Then we look at our actual performance and see it is so far removed from what we see as the ideal. We look at our own life and we are down 28-3, late in the game. This is the reality for many individuals, where nothing looks like how it was pictured. What then happens is we begin to question everything.
Maybe I read the paper wrong. Maybe it didn’t say that the patriots won. Maybe it was a spoof paper, or it was an old paper. It can’t be right because look at the score. What I am seeing with my eyes isn’t matching what I actually read. More importantly, maybe what I read in the Word is not for me, maybe the Bible is not for this day and age, maybe what I read about God’s promises for me are wrong.
After the questioning period many people leave or give up on the process before the miracle happens. How many people left the Pats for dead yesterday? How many memes were made making fun of Brady and the Patriots before the comeback, how many Patriot fans turned off the game before then end? How many people crowned the Falcons prematurely? Likewise in our lives. How many people give up on their dreams too soon? How many people ridicule you because they think you are losing? How many family and friends have left you before your comeback?
What the Patriots did to overcome all the obstacles involved 2 things:
1) Keep Playing- They kept the game going and did what they do best. Play football. They never quit playing because there was still time left in the game. Whenever there is time left, that means there is still an opportunity for victory. By continuing to play they kept themselves in the game. We cannot quit no matter how far are dreams may seem to be. The only way we lose is if we quit. Everyday you wake up is another day to get closer and make progress. Keep pushing and making moves, and stop looking at the score.
2) Step up the pressure- The Patriots not only kept playing they also stepped up the pressure when they had to. For them to win that game they needed to place a sense of urgency in their play. They blitzed more, and they were more aggressive than they were in the first half. As a result things started to adjust in their favor. Well for our dreams to become reality we have to do the same. If you usually call 10 prospective clients a day step it up to 30 or 40, if you go to 1 networking event a month step it up to 4 to 5 a month. Stepping up the pressure is a key to making the dream a reality.
So as frustrating as it was for me to write this article and give the Patriots praise, what they displayed was incredible resiliency, poise and determination. They showed the heart of a champion. They laid the blueprint for success this year, and they inspired millions and Congratulations to them for doing that. I think I am going to be sick!