By now I’m sure you’ve heard all the brouhaha over the Seattle Seahawks failing attempt to win their 2nd consecutive Super Bowl Championship. Their dreams of victory were dashed when on 2nd down and 1 yard to go for the winning score, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass that was intercepted in the end zone by a New England Patriots defender.

The reaction to the play was immediate. People everywhere were in disbelief. Why would you throw a pass? Why didn’t you run the ball?

The reaction by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll was also immediate. He threw his headset to the ground and bent over as if in pain.

Many have criticized the coach for that play call. Some have said that it will go on to haunt him for the rest of his life.

So if you’re the losing head coach that just lost the biggest game in your life.. how do you move on from that loss. What do you say to yourself?

Well, yesterday I had a chance to watch a TV interview between the coach and Matt Lauer of NBC. During the interview, I learned 3 things about head coach Pete Carroll that make him so successful. They were..

1) Always Be Positive.

The coach makes conscious choices on how he looks at life. He chooses to stay positive. He tries to look for the good in people. He looks for the good in any situation. And he looks for the good in himself.

As you pursue your business day, you have a choice to make. You can choose to be positive and attract the good to you and your business. Or you can be negative and draw pity to yourself instead.

2) Expect To Win.

Coach Carroll instills a strong work ethic in his players, and staff. They prepare to succeed when they play. And they expect to win.

He said that they’ve practiced that situation hundreds of times. He said it wouldn’t have been an issue if the receiver had caught the ball as he normally does. As prepared as they were, they expect to catch the ball. Unfortunately it just didn’t happen as they expected that particular day and time.

Early in my networking career, my mentor taught me to always be prepared. You never know when opportunity will appear. You have to be ready when it does. Constantly work on yourself and your skills to be prepared.

3) Don’t Let Failure (or Success) Define You.

Coach Carroll said that he woke up one morning about 4 AM. He was suddenly overwhelmed with the loss and he let himself shed tears. Once he had done that, he knew it was time to move on.

Coach Pete Carroll wasn’t going to let last year’s Super Bowl win define him. And he wasn’t going to let this loss define him either. He would remember the loss and learn from it. He would use the experience to improve and win again in the future.

Look at the failures you’ve experienced in life and in business. Try to understand why those failures occurred. Learn from them so that you can improve. That will allow you to better position yourself for success the next time opportunity comes knocking.

As you know, having a business from home is much about developing your own skills and mindset. No one can motivate you but you.

As the old saying goes..

“If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me!”

Thanks for reading.

To your success,