What happened? Truthfully, the only ones who knew were in those locker rooms while Gaga was being brilliant all over the stage. And, really, at this point it doesn't really matter what exactly happened in those locker rooms. The game has finished. The champions were crowned (again).
And yet, there are still lessons to be learned, especially for those of us looking to move to the next level in our own experiences. Because both the Falcons and the Patriots can teach us very valuable lessons about success, and we can apply these lessons even if we've never touched a football.
THE ATLANTA FALCONS
And then halftime happened. They were up 21-3, there was no way they could lose this game, right? And while, like I mentioned above, I don't know exactly what went on in that locker room, I have a few theories. The pep talk could have gone something like "You've got this!" "Great job out there!" "Keep playing like you've been playing and we've got this in the bag!"
Success can be a dangerous thing. Let me explain.
The Falcons did have it. They were up 18 points in the first half. They were playing well. All paths were leading them to a victory. And--my theory is--they went into the second half ready to ride that wave to the final second.
THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The Patriots, unlike the Falcons, were hungry.
I read a really great article from Inc.com last week, titled "30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable." And among them, No. 4, was "Never be satisfied."
The author quotes Jim Rohn, The Godfather of personal development: "The way to enjoy life best is to wrap up one goal and start right in on the next one. Don't linger too long at the table of success; the only way to enjoy another meal is to get hungry."
The Falcons went into the second half enjoying the meal they had cooked during the first half (and it was a delicious meal). The Patriots went in hungry.
As I said above, success is dangerous. And the danger of success lies, in part, to its fleeting nature. It's so easy to get to the top of the goal and look around at the gorgeous view, thinking, "Yep. I made it. I'm here." But if you wait too long to keep moving, you'll lose all the gains you worked so hard for. Success isn't a mountain, like most people picture it--it's more like an escalator. If you don't keep climbing, you'll soon end up back at the bottom.
The more I study success--and successful people--the more I realize that those who are truly successful enjoy the climb. They love the work, whatever work it is that they're doing. The really successful ones, the ones we often look to as motivators and secret mentors, those are the ones that aren't in it for one specific goal. There's always a new goal; there's always a new challenge and a new motivation. There's always something to work toward.
So, when you look at your next goal you have two options: You can be a Falcon or you can be a Patriot. You can reach your goal and ride the wave to the end, or you can stay hungry.