I couldn’t believe it!: Lessons from the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history
I watched in disbelief as the New England Patriots came back from a twenty five point deficit to win the 51st Super Bowl game. What a testament to mental toughness and the value of persistence. This was a game of firsts. First team to come from a 21 point deficit to win the game. First overtime in Super Bowl history. All kinds of thoughts ran through my mind. All I could think off was thank God I am not an Atlanta Falcons fan but I sure did want the Falcons to win. What happened to the great lead they had? I can only reflect on all the lessons that played through my mind.
1. Never Give Up
Having a 21 point deficit in a football game is a very big deal that would have unnerved many a tough player. Yet I watched as Tom Brady took sacks and knock downs and kept getting up and making throws. What does he have that keeps him going when all the odds are against him? My husband calls it mental toughness. He had a singular desire, to win the Super Bowl and nothing was going to deter him from his goal. His persistence is a testament to our teens, to never give up. In the face of all odds to stare the opposition in the face and keep moving forward, one step at a time to achieve your goal.
2. Faith, Hard work and Persistence pays
I listened to all the commentators, talking about how no team has come back from a 21 point deficit to win the Super Bowl and I watched it happen live! You are what you believe and what you tell yourself. We can choose to believe what the world tells us about what we can or cannot do, or we can choose to go for the gold and break the mold. We have to teach our teens that it all starts with what they believe about themselves and what they think they can achieve. They can give up when it gets tough and everyone says they can’t or like Tom Brady and his team, they can stay focused and believe. With faith and persistence they will achieve their goal.
3. Don’t Lose Your Cool
One of the things that struck me about this game was how focused everyone was. I’ve watched so many games in which the losing team starts losing their cool and fighting with the winning team. That serves no purpose. In life many things will come at us we can’t control but we sure can control how we respond to life’s events. We must teach our teens to stay focused and not allow outside influences to push them into making wrong decisions. We parents should never lose our cool either. How often do we give up on a child who is a little challenging? We start labeling them as our difficult child and then we berate them for every little thing they do making them lose faith in themselves and in you as a parent. Don’t lose your cool, and never give up. Believe and keep moving forward and you will be amazed how things can turn around.
4. Finish hard what you started.
As I said, I watched in disbelief as the Atlanta Falcons leading with a 28 to 3 score, ultimately lost the game. As Bill Belichick said “My team played for 60 mins.” It looked like the Falcons decided the game was over and let off on their pressure on Tom Brady. They in essence decided to rely on the lead they had. In life, “it isn’t over till it’s over.” We have to finish hard what we start. We can’t rest on our oars and believe we’ve achieved a lot so we can just coast along now. Life has a way of rudely awakening us to the fact we are either progressing forward or we are regressing. We cannot stay at a standstill. Halfway effort leads to mediocre results. We have to teach our teens to always finish hard and complete their goals effectively. To excel in life, we have to finish hard whatever we desire.
I congratulate both teams for their effort and as much as I wish it wasn’t this way, my hat goes off to the New England Patriots. This win was well deserved. A game fraught with many life lessons, to keep our eyes on the goal and never give up, no matter what hardships we encounter along the way. Faith, persistence and hard work pay off. If you dare to keep moving forward, never lose your cool and believe your desires are possible no matter the noise we hear from the world around us, then success will ultimately prevail. Finally, help your teens realize there is no coasting in life. You have to play hard to win the gold. We always have to finish hard to achieve the results we desire.