Comebacks are often thought to take months if not years. But on February 5, 2017 Tom Brady and the New England Patriots created a stunning comeback in less than 30 minutes. Out of what appeared to be an inevitable loss – they had scored only 3 points and were 25 points behind the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter – New England created a championship win in the first-ever overtime game of the Super Bowl.
How did Brady do it? I’m not forgetting his teammates who also ascended to the zone with Tom and who together made the win happen. But from what I observed, it was Brady’s decision to make a comeback that drove the entire team to a rebirth…
For a good chunk of the game the Falcons were destroying the Patriots. It was a humiliation, and all signs pointed to utter defeat. As an ex-Bostonian, I felt sorry for how badly the Patriots were screwing up but had to admit they were playing like losers – while the Falcons were phenomenal.
Then, just as the third quarter began to look like more of the same, the camera was on Brady. I remember observing a change in his expression and demeanor. He didn’t look frustrated or angry… he looked focused, calm and determined. It was as if a new energy had come over him: an energy that revitalized his power from within.
From that point on everything shifted. The team seemed to re-align itself with Brady’s new power. They became unstoppable, making history by taking the game into overtime and ultimately winning 34-28. The speed with which the Patriots took back control was so awe-inspiring, I hope I never forget the implications it has for the rest of us.
What’s this got to do with spiritual entrepreneurship?
A lot. Because sooner or later in business you will be called either to give up … or to make a comeback.
There’s nothing wrong happening when you find yourself in this position. If it can happen to the Patriots it can happen to you. My rough estimate after 25 years of business ownership is it happens every 7-10 years.
You may be called to choose between a defeat or a comeback when you realize that revenues are way down, or that you seem to have a whole lot of new competition or suddenly way fewer customers are ready to do business with you.
Most business owners decide to blame the economy or the competition, but blaming does not get you a comeback.
There can be multiple reasons these dips occur, but one things remains constant: it is never the outside circumstance and always your personal choice whether to quit or stage a comeback.
What will you do when it looks like defeat is inevitable and you may as well give up on your dream of successful spiritual entrepreneurship?
I’m hoping you’ll remember Super Bowl 2017.
When it seems that everything’s going against us, all that’s really happening is: we’ve temporarily lost our power to create and we need to reclaim it. Immediately.
Three Steps to Reclaim Your Power and Create Your Rapid Comeback
Step 1: Give yourself a time-out and use that time to connect with your mind and heart. Tom Brady took only a couple of minutes at most. You are welcome to take a day – but avoid allowing a time-out to become a big, long-term project where you keep extending the time in order to make the reinvention “perfect.” Nothing is ever perfect, we are constantly adjusting.
Tom Brady didn’t have an eternity, and like him you can create your comeback in minutes if you decide to.
Step 2: Admit you allowed yourself to slip into feeling defeated and powerless – and take responsibility: you did this to yourself. Taking responsibility is not blaming yourself. You were not bad or wrong – you just weren’t as vigilant about taking charge of negative emotion as you could have been. You let yourself get drawn into negativity and what you didn’t want. Now you are exercising your power to focus on what you do want.
Step 3: Make a firm new decision that as of right now you reclaim your power to create your preferred reality – and you commit to a comeback.
When you take these three steps and really mean what you say, you have altered your point of attraction and have re-aligned yourself with success. Now, in honoring your choice to make a comeback, consistently follow up Step 3 with whatever action is in front of you to take.
Stay positive, committed and persistent. Refuse to give up, and you must achieve your victory.