Sunday was a huge day for football here in the United States as we held the 47th Super Bowl Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. (Yep, there was actually a game….not just commercials.) As most of you know, just a few weeks ago I attended the NFC Championship game which was between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers – the game that sent the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
During both games, the San Francisco 49ers showed very little action in the first half of the game. Both Half Times during the NFC Game and Superbowl Game had the 49ers way behind in points. However in both games, they came out for the second half with a new drive, a new passion, and a new fervor for the win.
In the NFC Championship Game it was enough for the win… Sunday night, however, it was not. And the Baltimore Ravens – the team who played a full 60 minutes of football and not just the second half – took home the Vince Lombardi trophy, and the title of World Champions.
I went to bed wondering how many people only play the second half? How many people relax in the beginning of the year (or their life?!), only to get all fired up and try to reach their goals in the second half – instead of “playing” the full year? Why do people hit 50 and suddenly decide to take up their wildest passions and live and explore…. why do we wait so long? Why does that freedom have to wait till 50?
In my coaching business I see people all the time who make huge goals in the beginning of the year… but seldom truly “hit the ground running” and start truly reaching for those goals on January 2nd. All of December we talked about the things we were going to do in 2013 and got fired up about things to come. But then for whatever reason, the fire has burned out by the time the ball drops on NYE. That, or we justify not going “no holds barred” since we have the ENTIRE YEAR to win… I mean… there are four whole quarters… we have time to get in the game… right?
I am not sure if the Ravens are truly the best team – but they were the best team Sunday night, and through injuries, bad calls, and a 35 minute power outage to the stadium, the Baltimore Ravens “played” every minute of that game, and because of that, they were victorious.
In the “Super Bowl” of life – are you playing all 60 minutes? Or are you waiting on Half Time to get engaged in the game?
We are half way through the first quarter y'all…. Hike the damn ball.