Superbowl LI, what can we say? This Superbowl was the most exciting Superbowl in the history of Superbowls! The favored team trails by an apparent four possessions with five minutes left in the third quarter and had managed to only put a field goal on the scoreboard. The game appears that it will be a blowout upset. And then everything changes. New England persists and comes back to walk off the field with the Superbowl LI trophy. Seriously. Best. Superbowl. Ever.
There are three very valuable lessons that I took away from last night’s game.
NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER.
This lesson was faithfully taught by both New England and Atlanta. With five minutes left in the third quarter and Atlanta winning 28 to 3, it appeared the game was going to be a blow out. And then something happened. The momentum shifted. Perhaps Atlanta was already counting the game as a win. When Atlanta took the field, it seemed obvious that the team wanted to win more than New England. It appeared that New England came onto the field with a level of expectation that they would win and were met with an uncooperative foe who was determined to prove themselves victorious and walk away with the trophy. Atlanta was working harder on the ground for the extra yard. Atlanta was making the big plays. Until they weren’t. It seemed that Atlanta began to take the win for granted. And that’s when everything changed. The momentum shifted and Atlanta could no longer contain the Pats. Never take a win for granted and whether you are winning or losing, never, never give up!
LUCK is preparation in disguise. Be prepared.
It appeared lucky when the Patriots won the coin toss in the first overtime in Superbowl history and chose to receive. This gave the Patriots an undeniable opportunity to score first and win the game… which they did. But under closer examination, it’s clear that this was something else entirely. LUCK is really putting yourself in a position to take advantage of opportunity and being prepared when the opportunity presents itself. The Patriots put themselves in a position of calling the coin toss by taking calculated risks and making three hard and fast drives. In order to tie the game before the clock ran out, New England had to make two two-point conversions. To make those conversions, New England had to be very prepared. Over the years, two point conversions average 50% in the NFL (compared to near 100% for an extra point). Yet, New England had to convert 100% of them to push the game into overtime. New England had to have a plan for winning the two point conversions and they had to be well-practiced and prepared to execute on their plan. To succeed in life, have a plan and be prepared.
A strong defense is often your best offense.
In the case of Superbowl LI, the game was cinched in the final minutes by superior pass protection that allowed Brady the time to set up his play and find his receiver. Yes, technically this was the offensive line, but it was their defense of the QB and protecting the pocket that created opportunities to move the ball down the field as rapidly as the Pats did. A strong defense is also critical in our lives. By setting up your insurance properly, we create a pocket of safety from which we also may operate and set up the plays in our life that create financial success. By having proper life insurance, for example, we may comfortably invest in our 401k and set up a strong retirement. By having sufficient liability coverage, we are able to take risks we wouldn’t otherwise be able to take in order to get the ball in the end zone! Set up your defense so you can play great offense.
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