How did he do it? Seriously? How did a kid from Michigan with the body of a gangly oversized teen go from the 199th compensatory pick of the sixth round in the NFL draft 18 years ago to become the GREATEST quarterback that EVER LIVED?
Ever. Lived. Let that sink in for a minute.
Even as I write this, the intrigue I have on how Tom Brady rose to the success he has enjoyed today makes the hairs on my neck and arms stand up.
It is amazing! If you never checked out Tom Brady’s draft day picture, well, feast your eyes.
Yeah, pretty impressive huh? Just look at those bulging muscles. They just scream explosiveness! agility! strength and speed! Ok, I jest, but come on, I mean – really? How? What? Why?
Normal questions to ask based upon that picture, but the answer to each of them can be found in asking one simple question – Who?
“I still have the image of Tom Brady coming down the old Foxboro stadium steps with that pizza box under his arm, a skinny bean pole” Kraft said. “When he introduced himself and said ‘Hi Mr. Kraft,’ and he was about to say who he was, and I [said], ‘I know who you are, Tom Brady, you are our sixth round draft choice.’ And he looked at me in the eye and said, ‘And I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.’ – Robert Kraft, Owner New England Patriots
WHAT IN THE HECK ALL THINGS JOE MONTANA!?
Picture the kid in the pic above saying that to the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots saying his organization has YET to make its best decision up until then – while holding a pizza box! I mean, Robert Kraft knows a thing or two about a thing or two. He employed Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcels as head coach to run the team AND stud quarterback Drew Bledsoe throwing the pigskin upon Brady’s arrival. Where does he come off?
Well, if I were to guess, it was because he was SUPER clear on his goal and vision. Last week after winning his 6th Super Bowl Brady admitted “I didn’t see that coming in my wildest dreams”. You see, the outcome wasn’t in his control but his decision to decision to live up to the words he conveyed to Mr. Kraft is what ultimately delivered him the feeling he was after – excellence.
Being excellent was his goal. Being that the case, then it is safe to say that his goal was more of a place to come from, not get to. Whatever happened as a result from that decision happened – right into the history books, forever.
Clarity is King
One of the wisest things that was said to me was to spend your money on knowledge and experiences, for this feeds our capacity for growing. Those who focus on acquiring knowledge put themselves in prime position to turn what they learn into wisdom.
Brady is a veracious learner as are most top performers in their respective fields. They are hungry to learn about their specific field of interest and moreover, what it would take to create the impact they wish in that field. All if this can be accomplished when they know who they are – first.
Who am I? (What do I value? What are my strengths and weaknesses)?
What are my goals? (again, a place to come from, not get to)
What’s my plan?
Knowing the answers to these questions and being able to rattle them off quickly when asked, will put you on a winning trajectory for anything you want to accomplish. You will start to become real clear on the feelings you are after while confidently being able to say:
I know who I am. I am clear about my values, strengths, and weaknesses.
I know what I want, I’m clear about my goals and passions.
I know how to get what I want. I have a plan to achieve my dreams.
Do have competing values that create competing commitments which has you putting yourself last on the list of priorities? Is your love for accomplishment wrapped up in an overabundance of tasks to complete, leaving you overwhelmed and anxious to the point your health suffers? Are you bringing your A-Game to everyone you want to serve? If not, why? Where is self-care on this list?
Really identifying with and leaning into the who, what, and how questions are a GAME CHANGER.
The Power of Curiosity Never Killed Any Cats
One of the best ways I know to go about anything undertaking is understanding and utilizing the energy of curiosity! Setting an intention for the next day while wrapping up the one previous is a great way to play with high energy.
Let’s take working out for example. The night before you attend your workout the next day, set the intention of learning how you will become the strongest, leanest, most vital version of yourself through exercise. Start to imagine how tomorrow will bring you that much closer to your goal. Instead of awaiting for the instructor to begin class, ask them about the workout and how to approach it so you can get the most out of it. Ask about the poundage you should use, how to breathe, where to feel the move and what muscles to engage.
Be curious and intentional about what you are doing!
Curiosity is a powerful energy generator. It causes you to start asking questions. You will begin to research and try new things and discover what works for you and what doesn’t. You will start to live in the land of opportunity, solutions, and possibility.
At PhatBurn, we do this frequently with our challenges. We adopt a new methodology for 4 weeks 4 times a year and experiment. Our members take what is useful and adopt it, and discard what is not. It’s fun, and the opposite of dogma.
Careful thought and mindful experimentation will have you lean into the best version of yourself as you evolve over the years. Brady knew this. He was ready to learn, learn, and learn some more – about how to eat, sleep, train, sharpen his mind, and play the position of quarterback at the highest level.
Be sure to check out more Phinishers each Phriday for phresh perspectives on how you can live your best life NOW!
*Next week we will take a look into the fundamentals of famed motivational speaker, author and coach Brenden Burchard calls, “next level clarity” .
About the Writer
Christopher Jackson played professional football for 10 years in Germany, PhatBurn Stamford’s Studio Leader and Coach. He is a Certified Professional Life and Leadership, Certified Health Coach, and Strength and Conditioning Coach. His passion for human high performance & well-being has led him to cultivate an impactful career in coaching, speaking, training while connecting with various high performers from all over the world. His philosophy of changing the way we create physical transformations all begins with winning in the mind – first, so that all else in your body, career, and relationships naturally fall in place.