March Madness is such an amazing time of year. Watching upsets, buzzer beaters, and celebrations sparks our own excitement and emotions. After the recent Duke upset, Coach Krzyzewski wisely said, “At the end of the season I want my guys to either be crying because we’ve lost or crying because we’ve just won”. The heartache and joy is so powerful to see as teams and individuals reflect on all they have done to make it to this point. What I find truly inspiring, are the teams that make it to the Sweet 16. These teams tune out the noise around them, play their style of basketball and make consistent game time decisions. In other words, they do not try to become someone they are not. They’ve worked hard all season and are bringing their best to each game.
We may not be playing in the Sweet 16, but personally and professionally we work and live in madness all year long – not just in March! We are constantly taking on bigger tasks, being compared to our colleagues or competitors, and having to make game time decisions daily. If during these times of chaos, we try to do too much, go outside of who we are or what we do; we are destined to fail. But, if during these hectic times; we simply stay consistent, make decisions within our framework, and be ourselves; we have the best opportunity for success.
As we watch the tournament this coming weekend, we will see the pool of Sweet 16 trimmed to four. These Final Four teams have not only ignored the noise and played their style of ball – but they truly have what it takes to be a champion. May we all take to heart these lessons as we march through our own beautiful madness… that is life.