The 2015 football season taught me a lot about life. The Broncos started out strong and then faltered. Their offense fell apart and their exhausted defense couldn’t win games on their own. After quarterback, Peyton Manning, threw several interceptions, he admitted to suffering with plantar fasciitis. Manning sat out and our back-up quarterback, Brock Osweiler, took the field.
We thought we were doomed. Television commentators assumed the team had divided.
But that didn’t happen. The team supported Osweiler. The Broncos continued to win games while Manning healed and watched games from the bench.
After Manning recovered, he regained the #1 position. Osweiler showed a lot of class in quietly retreating to the bench. Our team supported both quarterbacks. Fans wondered who would start in the championship game, but Manning was back. With a supreme team effort, they won the Super Bowl.
So how does this relate to you?
I think there is a huge takeaway from this year’s season.
Learn from the Broncos and reach your goals.
- Surround yourself with people who support you.
Build a team of those with common interests or who will be there for you throughout your career.
- Recognize your weaknesses.
No one is perfect. Find your Achilles tendon. We are only as strong as our weakest link.
- Ask for help.
Pride is the enemy of success. Don’t delude yourself into thinking you know everything. There is always someone younger, faster, sharper and more innovative out there. Study them. Learn. Take what you see and apply it somehow.
- Take time to rebuild, rewrite, rework or break down what isn’t working.
It’s a bummer to sit on the sidelines, but being in a hurry to reach a goal before preparing can mean losing, big time.
Don’t become defensive. Ignoring criticism can be deadly. When there is a percentage out there who think something is wrong, fix it. Don’t surround yourself with “yes men.” Honest fans are the best kind to have.
- Encourage others.
While you sit on the bench in rebuild mode, remember there are others ready to reach their goals. Feeling jealous is a negative waste of energy. Support them. Be their super fan.
- Try again.
You will feel more confident after taking the time to strengthen your weaknesses. Reaching a goal is a process. There may be other times in your future when you must step back and adjust.
- Face your fears and then leave them behind.
Fear is the enemy of success. Like my son, Kelly, says, “If I fail, I won’t lose anything. I’ll be right in the same place as I was before I tried.”
- Never get cocky. Remain humble.
Ego is a soft and easily punctured shield, which ironically becomes a target. Use confidence as protection, but realize you got to this point with team effort of education, coaching and encouragement.
- Thank your team.
When you succeed, remember your super fans. You won’t cross the goal line without them.
Do any of these tips hit home for you? Which tip do you think is harder to attain? Did you cheer for the Broncos?