Personal Development, Leadership, and Motivation Blog Series
Superbowl 51 was an inspirational story and example of a successful team that does not give up or stops pushing forward regardless how bad things may look initially. Tom Brady & New England Patriots focused on the end goal – winning the superbowl – whether it is during the regular four quarters or in the overtime.
The team trained for countless number of hours, days, weeks and months to be prepared and ready to face their very strong opponent in a final game, regardless who that opponent may be. They knew even before the game that they will win the game, they believed, and that is the mindset the quarterback and rest of the team brought with them on the football field.
Tom Brady deserves special praise for his demeanor, calmness, at least from anyone looking at him from the outside, and the laser focus on sticking to the training and plan with which he came to win. I am sure what was happening inside of him, especially during the first 3 quarters, when the team was down 28 to 3, was not the calm and focused Tom Brady everyone else saw. With such a great deal of pressure on him from his team, coach, and all of the New England Patriot’s fans, he still made it look as ‘I know what I am here to do, and will get it done.’ He never expressed his frustration, disappointment, or worry to his fans and team members, because, he knew that everyone is looking up to him for guidance and motivation.
That is exactly what a great leader does, he or she has a plan with the goal in mind, knows exactly what is expected, always is aware of the perception given to others whether it is verbal, written, or through physical body language. Regardless how challenging things may look, leader is there to motivate his or her team and lead by example showing the way forward. Leader knows that as soon as he or she displays uncertainty, worry, disbelief, or lack of confidence, then everyone who relies on them for support and guidance would feel the same, and individual as well as team performance and morale will be affected negatively.
I was very inspired by Tom Brady and New England Patriot’s game during the Superbowl 51 that I felt that it was critical that I share my thoughts and observations with everyone else who is a leader and looking for motivation or an aspiring leader. Whether you are a fan of New England Patriots or not, what they showed in the second half of the game, where they came back initially losing 28 to 3 and then winning the superbowl in overtime. It’s all due to leadership and commitment to win while overcoming challenges along the way.
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