I’d like to start with a little disclaimer: I’m not a huge football fan. I like to watch the hometown team from time to time, and I like the playoffs – but only if said hometown team is part of the action.
Since the playoffs are on, I watched the Vikings play the Saints last weekend. It was a “back and forth” kind of game. The Vikings came out strong, only to have the Saints look like they were going to win it. Then the Vikings got another field goal – looked like the Saints were out.
Finally – with twenty-nine seconds on the clock – the Saints got a field goal, bringing the score to 24-23. They had it all wrapped up – or did they?
There’s an old expression “It ain’t over ‘till the fat lady sings” (credited to the sportswriter, Dan Cook in 1976). What that means is, be sure to hang in there until the very end, lest you miss the best part.
That was, in fact, true, of this particular game. There were a mere ten seconds left. The Vikings got the ball, and with a great “Hail Mary” pass, ran in for the final touchdown of the game, winning 29-24.
Where am I going with this? I can’t seem to shake the correlation between this game and life. How often we give up on something – whatever it is – and maybe don’t stay in there long enough for the “Hail Mary” pass that wins the game.
Let’s face it, there will always be tough times and stumbling blocks – whether they are part of your personal life or business. The trick is having a few strategies in place to draw from. Here are a few suggestions:
This isn’t my idea – but I was reminded of this recently by my wonderful coach, Terri Levine. Sitting tall and taking a few long easy breaths can make a difference immediately in how you feel and make it easier to see clearly.
Start with One Action
Take one step in the direction you want to move. Believe in the impact that one action can make and go for it. Inaction is what causes that feeling of overwhelm. One simple action will help you get unstuck.
No Complaining and No Blaming
It’s so easy to begin complaining or blaming others for your situation. This kind of negative energy is poison and keeps you from moving forward to reach your goal.
Harriet Beecher Stowe once wrote, “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Like me, football may not be your thing, yet we can learn a lot from watching the end of the game – until the very end. (Now I’m back to cheering for our home team!)
Marsha Pearson is a marketing and business strategist, and owner of Market Your Socks Off!