And the victor is Germany! It is funny how things pan out! Of all the predictions which claimed the Big names like Ronaldo, Messi and all the predictions where Germany didn’t outshine, it is finally the one who makes all the difference – The victors, the champs of world cup 2014 ! Here are 5 lessons we can derive from the outstanding victory
1) They knew what they were in for
The goal, the answer was as simple as that. They just had their eye and mind on one thing, the one thing that can make a difference and it was simply the goal. It is easy to be distracted by all the noise around us, that too with so many things happening. But the realization has to be what you are here for and if you are that focused on one thing, that one thing which makes a difference, is your concentration. It is like Swami Vivekananda said ” Take up one idea, make it your life, dream of it, live it. Let the brain, body, muscle, nerves, every fibre of your body be full of that idea and that is the gateway to success”
2) Seize all opportunities
The thought was simple, keep scoring at every moment you can. It was proved in the victory against Brazil, goals were being scored faster than pop corn would pop! A 7-1 win and that too against a formidable team like Brazil was no joke indeed. Opportunities are right there staring at us at every moment, if we don’t make the best of them someone else will, if we don’t take advantage of them, someone else will, if you don’t make the win, someone else definitely will! (Does opportunity knock more than once?)
It is great to have an original plan, but if that doesn’t work, be ready to flex, be ready to make a shift and take on the target. It is not in doing the same thing over and over again, it is insanity like Einstein defined – “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results“. The results are not going to be the same, you need to flex, you need to make a change. Ultimately what is important is not your plan, it is the goal, it is your dream and what you want to do.
4) Learning from the competition
This dates back to the history a bit, but it is the knowledge of all the earlier losses, the wins of the other teams, not just against them but against others. It sometimes slips our mind when we try to look past our failures or disappointments. But it does pay to look at them closely, in a way to understand what we can derive from it, how we can use it to our best advantage. It is not just about feeling sad about something that did not work out. It is about the purpose of that failure, what it was meant to give us as a message and what we make out of it. (Why I badly needed a failure?)
5) Never give up
The competition will be daunting. There were big names, formidable opponents, teams that had their best foot forward and it did seem daunting. Not many expected this team to win, but it was the team which won, it was the understanding that it takes more than one person to reach that remarkable success. There is a lot of respect for the big giants of the game, but there is a lot more for the victor and that in this case is a team. Every success has a lot of people behind it, don’t give up on them, they will be there to chide you, to make fun of you, to give you a shoulder to cry on but as long as you don’t give up, the people around you won’t.