I read an article this week saying that the productivity in Illinois is expected to go down until after the Super Bowl. Let me offer a different perspective.
Succeeding in the workplace – or anywhere for that matter – often depends on your ability to develop meaningful, trusting relationships with others. If talking about the Bears gives people a reason to connect, to further dialogue, to find a reason to put their differences aside to work together, terrific!
I also took away a number of lessons from watching some of the players in the game.
- His nerves were so obvious in the first half. Did you notice how tense his face muscles were and how his shoulder were sitting up around his ears? Fast forward to the second half when his confidence clearly soared. He relaxed, he threw some great passes.
- Lesson: Believe in yourself. Even if you don’t feel confident at the moment, fake it. Trick yourself in to feeling the confidence. Believe me, you’ll get there faster.
- Lots of ups, lots of downs throughout the game. But, his facial expression never really changed. He never attacked coaches or players during the game. He was a steady force, a calming influence throughout the game.
- Lesson: Steel resolve is a beautiful thing.
- His abilities were questioned by the media before the game. Then, he was taunted by his opponents on the field. But, boy, didn’t he deliver.
- Lesson: Stay focused on the task at hand. Stay in the moment. Find ways to turn the negativity of naysayers into something that can benefit you and your team.