It’s Not the Win, It’s the Work

For those of us in New England, Tom Brady (the GOAT, the man, the myth, the more than a legend, Patriot) made a post on Instagram this morning and it’s not just any post but a reflective one. One that could be hinting of his free agency, but more importantly it’s everything within the message that is a lesson to be learned by everyone – Patriots fan or not.

The season ended for the Patriots with them on top, yet losing the Wild Card game that knocked them down and out for the season. Brady reflects:

…I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!!”

Like I mentioned in my blog from a couple days ago (“Remember: You’re Human”) nothing is picture perfect. No matter how far in your journey of career, relationship, family, home, happiness; you will grow and you will have moments where it feels like you’ve taken a step back. It’s witnessing in the moment how you handle situations to see just how better you take them on – that the work is the real prize and you see it’s paying off.

I’ve had clients who look at these, we’ll call them “little life bumps,” as failures within their journey and while I’m not a fan of the word “failure” I think it’s important to remember and repeat and reaffirm to yourself: Failure Is Inevitable. It doesn’t mean something ends, or you throw your hands up and walk away from whatever the situation might be. It means that you take the opportunity to soak in the lesson and learn from it.

Tom Brady’s Instagram post ends with this:

In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You don’t always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again.
And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.”

And you do, too, have more to prove. In the absolute best of ways. Wherever you find yourself on your path to happiness, keep proving to yourself just how beautiful the results feel when you see that hard work paying off. Dust yourself off and KEEP GOING.

View Tom Brady’s original post here:

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