Turnaround Takeaways

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”  T.S. Eliot

A huge fan of inspiring turnarounds, though not of football, I did end up watching Super Bowl 2017 and witnessed an amazing turn of events: The  Falcons were winning 21-3 by the end of the first half, but by the game’s end, the Patriots pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, winning by 34-28. Listening to quarterback Tom Brady’s post-game Q&A, it was clear that the Patriots took four steps that turned the tide — steps we can also take when we face thorny writing problems that threaten to defeat us:

Stay calm: The Patriots faced a powerhouse team that had cleaned their clock in the first half of the game. All the experts were saying that no team had ever overcome such a huge deficit, but the Patriots kept their cool. They didn’t panic or buy into the naysayers: They knew what they were capable of and had faith in their ability to turn the game around, despite appearances.

Mobilize your assets: The Patriots weren’t downhearted or hopeless in the locker room at break time, Brady said. Far from it! His teammates remained confident about their assets: They knew they had the power, speed, and precision to play far better in the second half than they had in the first.

Turn up the heat: Instead of letting their miserable first half define the rest of the game, the Patriots shook it off — they let it go. They started afresh and brought their A-Game to the field — they went all out — not in a desperate, last-ditch way, but methodically and precisely, making every move count.

Keep going: Play by play, the Patriots dug themselves out of the hole they were in: finding openings, diving for the ball, making catches, and finally, scoring touchdowns. Slowly, their numbers went up: By the end of the game, the score was tied 28 to 28. Then, in a
dramatic overtime play, the Patriots squeaked over the line for the winning touchdown. They played all out until the very end — and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

OK, staying calm, mobilizing our assets, going all out instead of holding back, and persevering — we can do this! Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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