Not many stories are more exciting in life and in sports than a good old comeback. That is, having a successful person or team come back from a declining period and succeed all adversities.
Like everything in life, there are several aspects that are key to succeeding when down, and I’d like to point out a few that I consider important to actually making a come back.
- Clear Vision
You must be able to see the whole picture, and realize that the road is long. Obstacles will get on the way, and it is for you to stay focused on your vision, because when you can visualize the output, the current adversities don’t matter. This is very important, because if you focus on the actual situation too much, you can’t see what is next, and your thoughts are blocked, opening space for frustration and therefore, failure. When you focus on the endpoint, you allow your brain to think about the outcome, and how much better it will feel when you overcome the situation. Seeing this, is also a motivation booster. Robert Kiyosaki talks about his “Nylon wallet” business failing, but staying positive after failure. Why? Because when his business was successful (at first), he had a stint at success, and then he knew that he could achieve it, even if he was using his car as his and his wife’s apartment at the time. They both had a clear vision of where they saw themselves, no matter how difficult the current situation was.
Remaining positive is not only about thinking positive, but doing positive. In last week’s blog, “Creating your shots” I talked about making more attempts in order to have a higher chance of making shots. If trying is a must to succeed, when we are down, we must try even more, and do not be afraid of failure, because fear is one of the worst enemies that we may face, and the worst part of this is is that this enemy is not someone else, but ourselves. In yesterday’s final of the Gold Cup, the Mexican soccer team started trailing 0-2 in the first half, but were perseverant and made it back to tie it in the same first half, and then went on to win in the second half 4-2.
In this part is where I give more credit to the Mexican team, because no matter how hard the situation is, you have to be willing to take the hits, and when things go wrong, the can get worse, but that doesn’t mean that you will lose. After the first goal against, it seemed like a difficult game, and after the second goal against, it seemed even worse. Many people (externally) even lost faith, and started making negative comments about the team. But they remained in the game, taking the hits, knowing that the game is not 20 minutes long, but 90. They had a vision of themselves becoming the champions of the Gold Cup. Bottom line, stay the course, never, never give up. Their effort paid off.
Even if things go wrong, do not change what you believe is needed for success. If you stay true to your game, manage the situation properly, most likely the situation will go as you planned. When you start changing your game around out of pressure and not strategy, you start missing the point of having a clear vision. Develop an equilibrium in your decisions, and adjust them as much as possible to your original plan. Remain focused, and if at the end you do not succeed, you will know that you gave your best, and look at the bright side if this happens, because your performance factor tells you that you have to get up again and live another day to try and succeed.
Every comeback has it’s own very unique story, they are exciting, under pressure, but in those moments are were true champions arise. Those who are fit to do it come out victorious, and the best part of this is that EVERYONE can be a champion. There are no limits whatsoever, and if you are currently going through times of turmoil, know that you can find the light at the end of the tunnel, you can succeed, and every answer you need is inside of you. I don’t say this as a cliché phrase, because I don’t like to repeat phrases just because someone else said them, I like to say and repeat phrases when I truly feel that they are correct, concise, tested and proved. Stay positive, and whatever you do, don’t give up.