Do you remember my Inspiring Thought from yesterday? It was a football related quote from Vince Lombardi – “The man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”
If you watched the Giants-Royals World Series game last night, you too saw the play of the San Francisco Giants epitomized this quote, and my thoughts that went with the quote. Before going on, I should admit that I am a SF Giants fan all the way, so my apologies to any KC Royals fans.
These are the 6 traits that I noticed in the S.F. Giants players during last night’s game:
- DESIRE & CONFIDENCE – or better known as the “willing and able” combination that is foundational to success.
- FAITH – each player looked like they believed in themselves, and believed in their teammates (we all have teammates – fellow employees, management, customers, suppliers, family, friends).
- INTENSE FOCUS – laser like concentration on everything within your control…their mindset and their actions.
- PATIENCE & PERSISTENCE – the players never looked panicked as they fell behind 4-1 and knowing that they had not yet been successful in the later innings against the Royals “Big 3” bull-pen pitchers.
- MOMENTUM – this word is often referred to in sports. After the Giants got their 2nd run, it quickly led to their 3rd, 4th, 5th…and on to their 11th. Their performance kept improving to the point that they built in insurmountable lead and broke the Royals confidence.
- ATTITUDE – winning breeds winning because an attitude is created that is based on real experiences of success. This one word sums up all of the others before it.
I have to confess that I was starting to panic for the Giants until my cousin Jack (a huge Giants fan) calmed me by saying “Hey, it’s only the 3rd inning, there’s a lot of time left. The Giants just have to stay in the game by chipping away at the lead, no problem.” The SF Giants have a well-deserved reputation for coming from behind and winning, and they did just that and WON (by a lot).
I love sports and it’s fun to see a team showcase the traits of success and win. There are big lessons to learn from the world of sports, like the ones that I outlined above, and those lessons are easily applied to success in all other endeavors – work, relationships, health, community, and spirituality.
I’m getting ready for Game 5 of the World Series with one thought…GO GIANTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tom Pearson – Tom@OwnMyGreatness.com