The first heart pumping play involved a fumble, with a run back to the end zone. But, the call on the field ruled the carrier down. Over the next three quarters, the Atlanta Falcons produced scoring drives, starting with a touchdown. Now, down 7 – 0, the Patriots seemed stilted. Then, 14 – 0, 21 – 0, 21 – 3, 28 – 3, 28 – 9, 28 – 12, 28 – 20, and finally, 28 – 28, tie game. The end of regulation play; New England wins the coin toss to enter overtime receiving.
The Biggest Lesson of Super Bowl 51
Pre-game predictions favored the New England Patriots over the Atlanta Falcons. Even President Trump predicted an 8 point Patriots win. But, when the Falcons started putting points on the board, it seemed the predictions were wrong. It appeared New England couldn’t get it together. Nothing worked long enough. It was a proverbial aim at nothing for a 100 percent accuracy record. That is, until the last minutes of the third quarter.
Lao Tzu said it best, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” Adversity is inevitable, but difficulties or misfortunes don’t have to keep you from achieving your intended goals and finding the happiness you seek in business and in life. It’s how you overcome these adversities can make all the difference. Every challenge we successfully conquer serves to strengthen not only our will, but our confidence, and therefore our ability to confront future obstacles. —Inc.com
And, in the fourth quarter, Atlanta could not stop New England. The Patriots successfully bypassed the pitfalls of partnerships, worked as a well-oiled machine, and came back from a historic deficit. This is the lesson from Super Bowl 51 — overcoming adversity. This phenomenon proved to be the biggest Super Bowl comeback of all time. Brady’s reward is a record five Super Bowl wins. Even though the Falcons lead by 25 points, the Patriots didn’t show any sign of giving up. The well known winning machine broke down on the outside but showed fortitude to stay competitive.
How to Handle Adversity
This Super Bowl exhibited adversity at its most contentious. And make no mistake about it, as an entrepreneur, as a business owner, you’ll face adversity. It’s an experience which no one wants to go through but most cherish after. The trick to dealing with hardship is about looking forward and having the determination. Here’s how to handle adversity when it strikes:
- Take stock of your accomplishments. One aspect of a difficult situation is it consumes you. It’s all you can think about and how to best proceed to suffer minimal setback. But, that perspective isn’t complete. You must take stock of your accomplishments, remembering what you’ve already achieved. That’s a better perspective because it allows you to feel good about yourself and be confident going forward.
- Ask yourself what will you learn? There’s always a silver lining to every cloud. This is no different. You can find a lot of serenity by asking what lesson you’ll take away from the experience. It’s a great way to look to the future and take control of the situation. Seeing it as a learning opportunity will give you a real mental and emotional boost.
- Reevaluate future plans and goals. Now is a great time to reevaluate your plans and redefine your goals. This gives you choices and choices are a powerful weapon against fear, as well as uncertainty. Consider your choices and game plan possible scenarios with various outcomes. It’s a terrific way to turn the table.
- Don’t let anger cloud your judgment. Anger, fear, anxiety, and other negative emotions can be transformed into positive ones. But, these must be channeled with enthusiasm. Take control of your anger and use it in your own favor.
In what ways do you handle adversity? What coping mechanisms are most effective? What’s your experience in dealing with adversity? Please share your experiences and thoughts!