It's no surprise that, being from Boston, I'm a Patriots fan. That's actually an understatement...I watch every game and typically go see a live game at least once a year.
One of my most favorite things about the Patriots is that they win games long before they step on the field -- in their own minds. They famously read "The Obstacle Is The Way" before their Super Bowl run a few years ago, which was proof of how much emphasis they put on mental strength, even though football is typically considered to be a mainly physical game.
In their win against the Atlanta Falcons, Brady and his squad came back from a deficit of 25 points to win their fifth title and complete the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.
You and I both know that they could have never done that if they had panicked. At any point in time, they could have thrown up their hands and assumed the game was over, but it wasn't -- although I bet the Falcons wish it had been!
Today's lesson is simple: Don't panic. You only lose when you give up. If something doesn't go your way, learn and move forward. Don't beat yourself up. Don't give it any emotional power. Just say, "huh...OK, guess I'll adjust for next time," and then keep moving forward.
How you earn your success is largely irrelevant; the only thing that matters is that you get there eventually. So enjoy the ride while it lasts -- because if you, like Tom Brady, know you're going to win in the end, then it's only a matter of time...
As long as you don't panic.