The New England Patriots came from behind today to beat the previously unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. For those of you that don't know, The Patriots and Colts have developed a rivalry that is unparalleled in professional sports. Both teams have great players, great coaches, and great team leaders. In this blog, I'm choosing to highlight what makes the Patriots the most feared team year in and year out.
3 Reasons Why the Pats are so successful
Tom Brady is the greatest leader in sports, today. His team responds to him like no other team responds to their leader. They would literally break their necks, before letting something happen to him.
Why Tom is such a great leader
Poise- Tom Brady is ALWAYS composed. No matter if his team is up 14 or down 40, he has the same focused look on his face.
Fearlessness under pressure- Time and time again, Tom has marched his team down the field down 6, with 2 minutes to go and won the game. He has lost, too. Regardless of the outcome, he continually wants to be the guy making the big plays when his team is down. His teammates know this, and they feed off it.
The ability to make players around him better- Historically, Tom Brady has turned "no name" receivers, into stars. Guys come to play for New England as average players, and become all stars. Offensive and defensive players alike, buy into the Patriots way of playing because of the attitude of their leader. Several players have came to the Patriots regarded as having bad attitudes, such as Randy Moss, and have had no problems when playing for the Patriots. Tom's attitude and demeanor rubs off on the whole franchise.
2. Internal Focus
The Pats are probably the most highly scrutinized team in sports, however, they do not worry about what is going on outside of their locker room. They don't care who they play next week, who's talking trash, or who is accusing their team of bad sportsmanship. They have the ability to internalize any outside distractions and use them for motivation.
Examples this year
A. After week 1, coach Bill Belichick was caught "stealing" plays from the opposing teams. While it seemed like the entire league was against them, The Patriots internalized this "attack" against their coach, and used it as motivation. Instead of getting caught up running their mouths to the press, they ignored them and used the motivation to prepare for next week's opponent.
note: I'm not condoning Belichick's behavior, nor did his team, rather I'm proving that his team does not let outside distractions bother them.
B. Just last week the Patriots were again accused of running up the scoreboard. The Patriots barely discussed it with the press, and used it for motivation against the Colts this week.
In a league where players are traded everyday, the Patriots keep a solid core of guys year in and year out. Why? Because of the personal relationships among the players. They love each other, and they love giving it their all for each other. Many of the Patriot players are good friends, and when they do get a new player, they embrace him right away.
What does this mean to you and I?
Sports have taught me so many things about life. I didn't realize it, until I got into the real world, and realized how many things transfer from the sports world, to the real one. The Pats in particular, can teach a lot.
Learn From the Pats
1. Be a person that inspires others. Don't be afraid to make the big mistake. When the going gets tough, keep your poise, and go after the big play. Whether it be a big client, a big decision, or a big change, go after it will nothing to lose!
2. Do not let external factors control you. The economy is in a recession...So what? The housing market is slow... So what? Internalize your focus, and control what you can control. People are still buying houses, getting a rid of junk, and purchasing many other things. So, as professionals in slow times, we have to work harder to get a bigger share of a smaller market.
3. Come together. Whether it be with your family, friends, colleagues, or clients, get to know each other on more of a personal level. It's a lot harder to let someone down that you care about. Moreover, personal relationships are what life and business is all about.