Or should we call it Super Brother Sunday? As I give thought to the fact that Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers and his brother John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens are playing against each other in the Super Bowl this Sunday I am more and more amazed. I find it hard enough to believe that two brothers would be head coaches in the NFL, but it’s even harder for me to imagine that these two brothers are playing against each other in the Super Bowl.
So how does this happen? Are they the most knowledgeable coaches in the game? Or even the most talented? While some could argue each point I think this has less to do with knowledge of football and more to do with attitude and mindset.
This is where football meets business. Well actually my whole working career is where football meets business, but that’s another blog all together. I’ve realized that most great achievers in life are not always the most talented or knowledgeable individuals in their field. The Harbaugh brothers are a great example of this. While they could be the most skilled coaches in the game, the chances are extremely slim with the millions of aspiring coaches across the nation. To think that the two most knowledgeable coaches just so happen to come from the same family seems less likely than winning lottery. However, if your mindset and attitude carry a greater weight on your success, then the chances of two brothers reaching this pinnacle are must stronger.
Your attitude and mindset in life are things that can be learned and molded. You’ve heard the old saying: the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. While watching a story by Real Sports HBO about the Harbaugh brothers and their father, this principal became extremely evident.
Jack Harbaugh, the father of John and Jim, was interviewed and during the interview he boisterously proclaimed, “Who’s got it better than us?”, “NOOO BOOODY!”, and it immediately clicked for me. You see, this is the Harbaugh life motto. In the locker room John and Jim huddle their players and yell the same question to which their teams answer, “NOOO BOOODY!”
When you live life finding the positive in your circumstances and recognizing how great you have it, negative thinking will become less frequent. I believe that this simple phrase has helped shape the Harbaugh brothers and their attitude in life and this same attitude has been instilled in the teams they coach. Now you have a team of players that believe NO BODY has it better than them, which focuses their attention on the great!
So let’s take a lesson from the Harbaughs! Let’s start believing that we have it the best! I am excited to bring this saying into my business and household! Because, “Who’s got it better than me? NOO BOODY!”
So, who are you rooting for to win Super Bowl XLVII?