Over 100 million people watched the Super Bowl this past Sunday. The New England Patriots were the heavy favorite and rightfully so going into the game. But, unless you have been hiding the last seventy-two hours you know that they didn’t win. They were beaten by the underdog, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now, I am not a NFL Football expert. However, the New England Patriots are considered to be one of the best teams ever, because of their long time coach Bill Belichick and their quarterback Tom Brady. There has been a lot of speculation on whether they both will return next year to play and coach another year. Or will they retire. I believe all of the experts agree that Tom Brady will most likely be back in uniform next year, but most of them are unsure about whether or not Bill Belichick will be back as the head coach.
Regardless if they retire or not, they both have now moved on from the last season. Last season ended on Sunday night after losing the Super Bowl. For the last nineteen years, with their eight Super Bowl appearances, five Super Bowl wins, and the countless other victories and accomplishments. They both know that for them to have that sustained success, that they can’t dwell in the past too long, and they must move on to the next season and start preparing for the next season.
The sad part about a season ending is the fact that all of the hard work, sacrifice, and wins don’t carry any weight into the new season. Well, at least not the victories. For them to have success in the next season, they have to do it all over again. They have to prepare, they have to be disciplined, and they have to sacrifice all over again. And they have to start all over at Zero Wins and Zero Losses.
Even though starting fresh and new can be challenging and daunting, when you think about it. It can also be exciting and exhilarating. The fact that you get to start all over, in many cases with new team mates and new opponents. They both will be another year wiser and more experienced.
In the NFL they have no choice. A season only lasts so long. I know the regular season is seventeen weeks, and when you include the playoffs, I believe the entire season, including the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, it is like twenty-three weeks. The season has an end date. Once it is over, it’s over.
Life for the rest of us is different. It doesn’t necessarily have end dates for our seasons. It isn’t that definitive. Now, there may be a season where you work someone where for a period of time and then decide to move on to another employer. Or there may be a season where you are living your life a certain way, like maybe when you were single or in your twenties. Or you may be in a relationship with a person for a period of time, and then that relationship ends. All of these situations could have been a season for you.
But in most cases, our lives are not that seasonal and defined with a begin date and end date. When we need to be our best and when we can slack off some. Nope instead we are left to ourselves to determine when a season begins and when a season should end. And from my experience there have been many times where I may have stayed within a season too long.
Here is my challenge for you. Do you know what season you are in? Have you been in your current season too long? Maybe you have been complaining about this job for the last several years, but you haven’t taken the next steps to move on.
Maybe you have been in that relationship that isn’t going anywhere too long. You just keep breaking up and getting back together. Or maybe you have been together, but the relationship is not growing. Maybe you have been thinking about going back to school, but you just haven’t pulled the trigger.
Regardless of where you are in life right now, it isn’t always going to be that way. But you have the ability and the right to make it whatever you want. You just have to decide to make a change and start a new season for your life.
Tom Brady , Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots season ended on Sunday. But they know the next one starts soon and they are already preparing for it. In your case, you have to decide when your next season will start? Are you ready for it? Or are you going to ride this season out to the end?
To your success and your future.