The glorious Super Bowl game and victory parade down the Canyon of Heroes for the New York Giants may be just a memory now, but we shouldn’t forget the lessons behind those stunning moments. It wasn’t just a battle of the Super Quarterbacks, Eli Manning of the Giants and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, exciting as they were that day.
According to Daily News reporter Ralph Vacchiano, Giants Coach Tom Coughlin’s speech to his entire team the night before the Super Bowl went over three themes he had been repeating since their first meeting back in July – Finish, Belief and Love. http://nydn.us/xg6RHS
Coughlin started the season by showing the Giants a video of a high school cross-country runner from California named Holland Reynolds, a female athlete who courageously crawled across the finish line after she collapsed to secure a medal for her team. Coughlin replayed the video before they left for Indianapolis to reinforce that each player needed to finish everything they started, both in practice and in the game. It‘s a stirring video for everyone to watch, so I’ve put in the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqBerM9FPwA
Reynolds, in subsequent interviews, talked about her determination: “It never occurred to me that I might not finish.” http://bit.ly/zm35Zs
Coughlin’s last presentation, according to Myers, was not the usual fiery pre-game speech, but came straight from the heart, and covered the last two parts of his mantra – belief and love. He told them how their belief in themselves had inspired thousands of fans and he declared “I love every guy in this room.” His inspiration resulted in incredible plays by the entire team, including wide receivers Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham, who made a spectacular fourth quarter catch.
No matter what your career struggles are, it’s good to remember that competition does not have to feel like a relentless battle. Instead, a combination of ‘finish, belief and love’ for the team around you–whether it’s business colleagues, friends or family –can carry you over the finish line a winner, just like Holland Reynolds, and just like the Giants!