Years ago I was watching the Super Bowl between the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills. It was actually January 26, 1992 and the game was so memorable that I thought it fitting for this article. Although the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl by dominating the game, I believe Thurman Thomas playing for Buffalo, played a significant role in helping Buffalo lose the game.
You see it was in the first quarter of the game that Thurman made a bad play. In fact, he made a couple of bad plays. As I recall, one of his errors resulted in a turnover, which led to the Washington Redskins getting a touchdown.
It wasn’t so much Thurman’s errors that made the difference in the game, as much as the display and effect of his negative attitude. It seemed to be going on in his head throughout the rest of the game. Whenever the cameras were on him, you could see him almost reliving the earlier error throughout the game in his head. His teammates were continually encouraging him to shrug it off.
In my view, Thurman brought the team down and it was visibly obvious that his head wasn’t in the game, but on the previous error which had occurred in the first quarter. His lack of mental discipline to shake off his past mistake, to live in the now and focus on the game, had a catastrophic effect on the outcome.
So what does the 1992 Super Bowl have to do with your business growth and success? Everything! Ask yourself… Is your mind focused on the “bad economy”, or “slow growth”, or “poor sales”, or even doom and gloom? Perhaps you made a couple, or even a few “bad plays” and you were hit hard and suffered substantial financial loss. Maybe some key personnel left and set up shop down the street and they are now your competition.
The truth is, you must mentally grow your business to see it become a reality. In other words, the battle is won in the mind before it is ever won on the field. What you focus on grows. If you are focusing on the past, that’s where you’re going to stay. If you’re focusing on your past mistakes, you cannot come up with solutions that can propel you forward. So take a hold of your thoughts and stay focused on what you want and not what you don’t want. Your actions follow where your thoughts are focused.
Sometimes you may feel like quitting. In fact, you may feel like quitting all the time, but Just Don’t Quit.
I love this quote that I recently read; “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
As you go through your business life, taking the hits and going through struggles, remember to stay focused on what you desire as an outcome. As you overcome your difficulties, continue to set the bar even higher. It is the journey of every entrepreneur.
Here is an inspirational video that you may enjoy!