There is a leadership lesson to be had in the 2015 NFL season. 3 teams are undefeated currently which is an NFL record for this late in the season. They all have one thing in common.
The teams that are undefeated have had the same coach/quarterback combination for at least 4 years. Not that all of those years were successful. Some of them were rather painful to watch. But where many teams have switched coaches and other personnel after a couple rough seasons, these teams have stuck it out.
When things were tough, the owners of these franchises kept going. They had faith in their people and stuck with them rather than upending things and starting from scratch. They gave them the time needed to succeed. And now they are reaping the rewards of their patience and persistence.
There is certainly a time and place for calling it quits. Strategies need adjustment and experiences should prompt growth. Change can be the right call. As W.C. Fields said, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”
But before you do throw the towel in, really think about where you are and what you’re doing. There are very few obstacles that will not yield to persistent hard work. And oftentimes the goal is just a few steps away. Don’t be this guy on the bottom:
Before quitting anything, ask yourself:
“Am I 100% sure that what I am doing will not work?”
“Am I 100% sure that I am not quitting just because I’m tired or just feel like it’s hard to keep on?”
“Do I have another plan to reach this goal that is 100% better than what I am doing now?”
Unless you can give a definitive yes to all three of these questions, the best course of action may well be to stay the course.