Yesterday, I welcomed the happy distraction of watching Super Bowl LV. The 20-21 football season was especially strange. For instance, the players have been under such different circumstances. In addition, games have been cancelled due to positive COVID tests. Most interesting (imo), stadiums have been much quieter creating a whole different playing environment. This year, even the advertisements were different.
My knowledge of football is fairly limited but I do appreciate all sports! For example, the basic rules of the game make sense to me. Some of the current players sound familiar. That being said, I’ve never had a team I felt I could connect with. Perhaps this is because every hard hit or potential injury has me worried as though the player is my own child? Either way I appreciate the game and the athleticism it takes to even play, let alone win.
While watching last nights game, I thought to myself, “Is this even the Super Bowl?!” It seemed to me that Kanas City didn’t even show up?!
Learning about each team and reading through the interesting rumor-mill, I found in general most opinions deemed Kanas City players arrogant and overly confident. While the Buccs were considered to be the underdog and more humble but also ready to win.
During the game, I asked, “What makes Tom Brady so special, what is his deal?” My friend replied immediately, “He isn’t even that great an athlete, he is just really smart and knows strategy.”
After the final result was official, I did some research on Brady and found that he attributes much of his success to his lovely wife, Gisele. Gisele has been reported to influence her husband to do pre-game rituals. Brady reports that Gisele has helped him focus on the ‘power of intention’ and ‘believing that things are really going to happen.
Consistency & Drive
The more I read about Tom Brady, a theme certainly popped out – he is EXTREMELY consistent. His schedule and habits are health centered and focused on keeping his body in prime condition. Not only does his consistency surround keeping his physical body in proper condition, but his desire and drive to win have not waned.
His drive to win keeps him down a narrow road of meticulous habits: a strict diet, measured family time and meditation. Brady gathers knowledge and finds the best way to apply it to his life. Some of the articles I read called it an ‘obsession’, I would call it WISE.
Becoming the G.O.A.T
Often I can be heard joking that I too am a G.O.A.T (greatest of all time). Partially because my birthday falls into the Capricorn astrological sign, but mostly because I strive to be the very best I can. Over time, I have also been called out for being ‘obsessed’, ‘picky’, ‘annoying’, and ‘meticulous’ over the food I choose to eat or the products I use.
What I learned from reading about Brady is that being this aware of what works for yourself and applying those learnings IS what it takes to START the journey of being great. Followed by consistency and follow-through, adjustments where necessary and the humble awareness that the work still has to be put in. In addition, the credit he gives to his wife and family should be recognized! And lastly, his listening to his wife about intention setting and ‘willing’ the outcome.
With these four things, it comes as no surprise this GOAT brought his new team a Super Bowl win!
Four action steps to awaken your G.O.A.T potential:
1. Awareness of what works for you.
Truly taking the time to learn what is happening with your specific body, mind or situation and adjusting your life with these learnings is the foundation. Knowing that what works for even 90% up the population may not be the right fit for you. Remember the post on being fueled and aflame? If you aren’t feeling your best, figure out why!
2. Keep a consistent routine.
Once you have figured out what works for you, DO IT and do it regularly. Set principles to live your life on, set a schedule or a yes/no on certain foods and do not veer from those choices.
3. DO THE WORK.
This step is so important and one I see many either want to skip, thinking if all the other steps are completed, magically they will see improvements. At its most simple this concept is fairly obvious: if you want to lift more weight at the gym, practice is necessary. Going and actually doing will be required for improvements and greatness!
4. Be intentional: with your family and with your life’s work!
It really stood out to me how much Brady commented about listening to his wife. She clearly has her husbands best interest and success in mind. His desire and willingness to listen to her regarding intention setting elated me! Perhaps you do not yet have a support system or family members you feel are rooting for you. Instead show up for yourself. Set your intentions for your goals, your work, your day!
Would love to hear from you in the comments! Did you watch the super bowl? Are you a Brady fan? Was the outcome what you were expecting?
4 thoughts on “Winning”
Brady is disciplined with a capital D. Most of us “regular” folk find ways to self-sabotage attempts at that level of discipline, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Brady has said that he has a singular goal in life – winning the Super Bowl. With a very clear goal, and with clear intentions for his behaviors that are linked to that goal, he is able to be successful. I think you’re spot on for making the link to intention setting!
Agreed, I also have heard that he doesn’t question or doubt! He just WINS b/c that is what he knows he is going to do. Super interesting! Makes me reflect on where I need to be a bit more confident in my intentions and realize not only am I worth of them, but I CAN do it.
I love how you pulled positives from the game. I have not been a personal fan of Brady because of his lack of humility examples of poor sportsmanship. His wife appears to be having a good influence on that negative behavior albeit not genuine at times. That being said, his discipline to be #1 at all times is undeniable.
I also love that he’s gone beyond the typical age to be great!! That being said, going into writing this I didn’t know much about him – I’m learning a ton now! Especially having worked in CT for about 5.5 years and being so close to so many Pats fans! I’m learning both sides!!! <3