Here we go again.
Same old Cards.
Those are two statements that, with the exception of the Kurt Warner years, I have heard been made and made myself during the Arizona Cardinals football season since I was little.
But what if those statements make us the losers – not the Cardinals?
Heard a great segment last week on ESPN where former player and current show host Mark Schlereth – “Stink” – talked about the “loser mentality.”
He spoke about playing “teams like the Arizona Cardinals” back in his football days, and how fans never failed to utter things like “here we go again” and “same old Cards” the second the team made one bad play or mental error.
And then he spoke about teams like the New England Patriots and about leaders like Peyton Manning. These teams and leaders, with what he called “winner mentalities,” can be down double digits (as Peyton was on Monday Night Football earlier this month), yet the fans and front office never seem truly panicked.
They know their team will make mistakes.
They know their leadership will right the ship.
Something we should, perhaps, all keep in mind – and not just during football games.
If mistakes are made in your office, if a member of your team falters, if things don’t end up as perfectly as you planned – how do you react?
Are you giving off the winner’s mentality – or the loser’s eye-rolling defeatist mentality?
Food for thought.