Soon after he won Superbowl XLI in 2007 while also earning its MVP spot, sports analysts watched Peyton to see if he would slide into a state of complacency and disappear into obscurity as so many champions do. Sure, he’d worked incredibly hard to overcome the disappointments of previous consecutive AFC Championship losses to the Patriots and Steelers, as one might expect of an athlete in pursuit of greatness. But would the attainment of a coveted Superbowl ring cause him to slack off and possibly affect his future champion status?
Whether you’re an athlete, student, sales or marketing executive or in sales or marketing operations, ask the same thing about yourself: Am I resting on my laurels because I met my “ultimate goal” last year?
Having led the Denver Broncos to victory in this year’s AFC West championship, it’s apparent that Peyton Manning didn’t slack off after he achieved his goal in 2007. In fact, accounts put him at peak training levels in the following off-seasons that undoubtedly helped him onto the field to lead the Broncos in this year’s championship game.
We’ve been working a long time for this; it was nice to finally accomplish our ultimate goal,” he says. “And once we did, it made us want to go out and do it again. We know what it takes.” –From Peyton Manning, in Peyton Manning’s Training Routine by Josh Staph in Stack Magazine
Arduous and varied training that included hard work on his core, flexibility and strength kept Peyton not only in the game but near the very top of it every year since then. Continually honing the basics of success seems to have been the key to maintaining high achievement. The ultimate fact that still surprises and inspires us, is the fact that he missed an entire season due to a surgery and still carried forth his incredible commitment to training, hard work and perseverance and is once again paid for that effort by playing in the 2014 Superbowl with a real chance to win another championship.
Regardless of your answer above, are you focusing on the core aspects of what made you successful? Are you giving yourself flexibility in how you can be successful by maintaining your value in a dynamic world with continual self-education and improvement? Core fundamentals and flexibility combined to make you a strong player for your team – and they’re depending on their star player. Are you going to be there for them this quarter?
We get it; we here at Extended Presence crushed our numbers last year and, frankly, got a little sleepy ourselves. Fortunately, we’ve got Peyton Manning as “our” quarterback that serves as inspiration for us to keep building our core skills, educate ourselves to maintain a broad perspective on our customers’ issues and gain strength that transcends specific campaigns and programs.
In short, we’re doubling down. How else are we going to convince the boss that we deserve $98 million for a five-year contract?