48 hours after the Seattle Seahawks gut-wrenching loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the loss still stings for those close to the program and long-time fans.
But, today, it’s all about the future and what that football team can do to prepare to succeed in the coming years. While it’s important to learn from the past, it doesn’t do any good to dwell on it when creating your future.
Looking back, Sunday’s game described our philosophy perfectly. The core of our philosophy is not about ‘winning,’ but about competing to develop a philosophy that allows you to maximize your potential. That’s exactly what the Seahawks have done.
Nine days ago, against the Washington Redskins, the Seahawks stayed true to their beliefs—even when trailing 14-0 on the road—and pulled out the win. Pure resiliency.
This past weekend, the Seahawks went down 20-0 at halftime—and were down by 20 points in the fourth quarter. This team, still, never had a doubt they were going to lose. Down by 20, they stuck with their philosophy and began to execute. Little by little, they found themselves right back in the ball game—even taking the lead with 31 seconds to play before falling victim to a game-winning field goal for the Falcons.
Last week, I wrote on the foundation of the WinForever Pyramid, and provided examples of how the Seahawks are using it to succeed. That foundation, which includes our principal philosophy, beliefs and rules, never strayed from the minds of these Seahawks coaches and players in the midst of a 20-point deficit. Because of the teachings at WinForever, they understand themselves, giving them a tangible competitive edge inside their program. That’s why these players never worried.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson said on The Dan Patrick Show this morning, “every time I went in the huddle, I said we just have to execute one play at a time. And we did that in the second half…we played lights out football.”
Wilson mentioned—after walking off the field in a losing effort—he was excited. He’s looking forward to the off-season to improve, get better and win a Super Bowl in the near future. “The future is bright for our football team,” Wilson told Patrick.
We move toward what we think about, so Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks team are progressing the correct way: getting better every day with every opportunity.
Within the new Always Compete Program, we talk about creating a vision for yourself. Creating the life we want to live starts with picturing it. When we see it in detail, we are drawn toward making it happen. If you’d like to learn more about WinForever, how to develop your own personal philosophy and are ready to take the next step to maximize your potential, sign up here to Join the WinForever Movement.
Brian Wagner is the Digital Media Manager for WinForever and a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, where he was the head student manager and operations assistant for the USC football team. You can follow him on Twitter at @BrianRWagner.
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