3 Reasons New England Patriots Stood Resilient and Won the Superbowl

I don't know if you watch football or not, but I watched the Superbowl on Sunday between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons and throughout the game I saw resilience.

The first half predicted that Atlanta Falcons were going to win with a 28-3 lead. As I watched the first half, I saw a great defense on the Falcons side, but I also saw how Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots kept on getting hit, attacked and trampled on, but every time he got up and had a look of inner strength.

Even though there was crazy tweeting going on during half time about how Lady Gaga has won the Superbowl or stole the show, no one expected the Patriots to win, but they did!

They were 25 points down! The Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, brought the team all the way back from a second-half 25-point deficit (this has never been done before), leading New England to an astounding 34-28.

Resilience is about building that inner strength so you can cope and keep functioning. Resilience is about going through adversity knowing you'll come back with new learnings.Resilience is also about having the belief that it can be done.

Where do I see resilience?

  • Tom had won 4 championships before so he took the leanings from those and the first half of the game to face the current adversity.
  • Tom had dedicated this game to his mother who has been going for chemo and missed all his games in the season, except this one. The word is "Dedicated" - which means he already had the intent that he was going to win the Superbowl for her and it was this conviction that kept him and his team going.
  • Even though Tom Brady kept on getting thunderous hit after hit, the way he got up from each hit, seemed like it he didn't let that get to him. He just stood taller and more courageous. This probably had an effect on his team mates and became infectious.

I'm sure there will be more scrutinizing as to how they won - like the luck of the overtime toss - which went to the Patriots, but I was just amazed as to how they came through in the second half.

Zaheen Nanji is a Resilience Champion and trains people and organizations on how to build their resilience muscle so it becomes a first reflex in times of change and challenge.

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You were very easy to deal with. Pleasant manner, tone of voice and easy to speak to.  You kind of have the voice and demeanor that make people "want" to talk with you. Once people know your story, they want to talk to you more, perhaps to grab a bit of your strength and positive attitude in their own lives.  I find you to have a caring way about you. Concerned for others and how you can help them be better at being them.

Leanne Carpenter

Office of the Chief Administrative Officer - Town of Stony Plain

Zaheen Nanji is a Resilience Champion and trains people and organizations on how to build their resilience muscle so it becomes a first reflex in times of change and challenge.

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