Playing One Game at a Time

January 25, 2005  

Too many people have their sights set on the future; worrying about the next promotion, the next pay raise, or the next luxury car they can afford. But maybe focusing on your future goals has you miss opportunities today. When you strive for something in the future, you take your eyes off of the present.

Today I am celebrating another New England Patriots victory (for those of you who live outside of the United States or do not follow sports, the New England Patriots are an America football team). Last night the team won the AFC championship and is advancing to its third Superbowl in four years. Some people are calling the Patriots a football dynasty.

As some of you may recall, in 2004, the New England Patriots broke all records for the longest win streak in NFL history; 20 games in a row. This is an amazing accomplishment, especially in today’s environment of free agents. During a press conference, Head Coach Bill Belichick was asked to comment on this win streak. He said, “We did not have a 20 game win streak. We had 20 one-game win streaks.” His philosophy was to play each game the best they could. They did not worry about the past; although they can learn from it, they can’t change what has already happened. And they never looked to the future. Worrying about where you are going means you take your sights off the ball. If they do their best on each play of each game, then that is all they can do.

What if you created your life as 30,000 one-day win streaks? That is each day is the best you can make it. Ok, you won’t win every game, and every day is not going to be perfect. But with this attitude, you can’t lose in the long run. In fact, you may just break some success records of your own