The NFL’s Carolina Panthers steamrolled themselves into the 2015 NFL season kicking the asses of all comers until week 16 when they were handed their asses by the Atlanta Falcons.
That loss didn’t slow the roll of the Panthers. They dusted themselves off and went into week 17 with more confidence than they had going into week 16 and won. And they kept on winning week in and week out landing in Superbowl 50 to play the Denver Broncos.
The Panthers are fun-loving, brash and in your face, all at the same time, and that formula has taken them all the way to the Super Bowl.
After winning the NFC championship Coach Ron Rivera summed up the Panther’s success formula in two sentences.
“We’re going to stick to what got us here, we’re going to keep our personality.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re a football fan or not you can learn a thing or two about winning and being successful from their 2015 strategy. Here are some key points that can help you change your game to a winning one.
- When you get an opportunity to capitalize on a turnover (an opponent’s miscue) do it. Turn it into an advantage for yourself. Going into the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Cowboys the Panthers had forced 25 turnovers that yielded 10 touchdowns and seven field goals.
- You should surround yourself with a diversified set of good people that are good at what they do. The Panthers have ample talent on defense and offense. Quarterback Cam Newton gets a lot of press – but he can’t beat anyone by himself or with mediocre talent around him. Newton has an onfield arsenal of targets to throw or hand the ball off to. These targets are the best in the business at delivering positive outcomes.
- Always have a good defense. Don’t just slow down your opponent STOP them. I’ll use their matchup with Washington to support this bullet point. Your opponent can’t gain anything if they can’t get where they need to go to gain an advantage.
- Gain yourself a big cushion. Tha Panthers have a habit of getting way out front in regards to points. This strategy puts both the opponent’s offense and defense units on defense. It also makes them work harder and wear down faster. When you’re out front stress isn’t a factor. You can think clearer and pace yourself. Your opponent may gain ground, but they have no business coming around you.
- You know sooner or later you are going to lose to someone- nobody stays on top forever. When you lose, bow out gracefully and regroup, plan, and make a commitment that losing won’t define you.
The Panthers can still the song below.