The big day is approaching. A day of strategy, gameplay and a raw talent for outmaneuvering the other side.
No, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about the Super Bowl – the culmination of months involving shouting at the TV screen and checking Fantasy Football stats. As the big day approaches and both teams prepare to showcase their top skills, I can’t help but think of some parallels that can be applied to your workplace performance.
Capitalize on Your Talents
To claim a Super Bowl victory, each player must put their full talent on the line while also relying on their teammates’ talents. In the workplace, certain employees are more proficient at some skills than others. Rather than trying to outshine coworkers on every task and project, learn what you’re truly good at and capitalize on those talents. In the process, you’ll learn to coordinate your skills with those of coworkers to create higher level results.
Make the Most of Each Play
Super Bowl players can’t simply decide to take it easy when they get tired. Rather, they must make the most of each play if they hope to claim victory. This mindset can prove highly beneficial in your workplace.
Each work project is an opportunity to showcase your best skills. Rather than dreading certain tasks or doing things half-heartedly, make the most of every assignment, even the mundane ones. Do this and just see how quickly your manager notices.
Practice Makes Perfect
Football players don’t start out being Super Bowl ready. Rather, they must practice tirelessly for years to reach that level of skill. If you want to become a better employee or be offered a promotion, you too must work tirelessly at perfecting your skills. From attending workplace trainings to taking a manager’s suggestions to heart, opportunities for improvement present themselves daily.
Prepare to Lose
It’s true. In life, there are winners and losers. Just as there will be a loser in the upcoming Super Bowl, there will be losers in your workplace and, at some point in the future, it could be you. From being outshone by coworkers on project performance to being bypassed for a promotion, at times, your best simply won’t be enough.
The losing team in this year’s Super Bowl will lick their wounds, take a short break, and will then begin preparing for next year’s season. Each time you’re dealt a losing blow at work, pick up the pieces and try again. This will show your resilience to management and will likely result in better future opportunities.
Whether or not you’re a football fan, there are parallels to take away from the preparations being made for the upcoming Super Bowl. From capitalizing on your workplace talents to making the most of each opportunity, push yourself to always bring your ‘A’ game. In doing so, you’ll become a better employee and will excel at everything you do.