On Last May 17th I wrote and published the following blog. I couldn't help but think of it as the Patriots won their 5th Super Bowl, in dramatic fashion. They never had a chance if they didn't believe. The attitude of "Don't Flinch" was never more vivid than it was during the second half of their game vs Atlanta. We all need to be reminded life is full of adversity but stay positive put a smile on yourself, attack everyday and "Don"t Flinch"!!! It;'s great to be from Boston!!
Winning is not easy. It does not happen all the time. It does not happen without work, without preparation, without effort and most importantly without the belief you are going to win. The ball is always bouncing in crazy directions but we must believe it is going to bounce in our favor more often than not. In the plan we had, when coaching, the final step, and likely the most important, was always "Don't Flinch"
Don't Flinch means, you have to believe in what you are doing and how you are doing it, no matter what is happening. Too often people give up on themselves and lose sight of their goals just because there is a little adversity. Rudyard Kipling once wrote a great poem, IF. In the poem there are many philosophical phrases but the third stanza sticks out, when applying it to the effort that goes into winning.
"If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on !";
Think about it, to win it takes guts. You have to be willing to risk the chance you may lose, yet you must convince yourself you will win. You have to be strong enough to go after it again, with the same energy and determination, after you have lost. You must convince yourself you are capable of great things even when you have just failed. "Don"t Flinch".
Both winning and losing are not final. No one wins every encounter nor does anyone lose all of the time. The successful people are the ones who get back up and get after it again with more determination than they had the first time. I'd hate to think Kenny Rogers was right, in The Gambler when he sang "And somewhere in the darkness the gambler he broke even" the more we keep getting up and bouncing off the ground the more we increase our chances of being successful. The ball will bounce our way, provided we believe it will. Find a way to turn a negative into a positive by being persistent, Consistently talk to yourself and remind yourself how good and capable you are. Listen to the positive thoughts you have and dismiss those negatives ones that creep in.