Dig Deep and Win the 4th Quarter

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Dig Deep and Win the 4th Quarter
By Joe Cook and Jennifer Price

On October 15, 2012 the Denver Broncos played the San Diego Chargers in a division rivalry game that made history. The first half did not go well for the Broncos. They entered the locker room at halftime down 24 to 0. There were several failing parts to the team: Manning looked awful, special teams looked awful, and everything that could go wrong did go wrong. It looked grim.

In the second half, everything changed and some pretty remarkable plays fell together for the Broncos. On the first drive, Manning hit Thomas for a 29-yard touchdown. The next Charger’s possession ended in a strip fumble by Dumervil, and the ball was recovered and returned for a touchdown by Carter. In a matter of minutes, it was a 14-point game and the Broncos would go on to score 35-points in the second half – 21 of those points came in the fourth quarter! Losing horribly turned into winning big as they pulled together and not only won the game, but gave a performance that would end up being ranked one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history.

For students, this time in the school year is the second half, and right now it feels like the fourth quarter. Students who maintained a good lead all game can coast to an easy win. But for many students, that just isn’t the way the game is working out. The pressure is on and it’s late in the game. Tired and tenderized by grades, the stress of final exams weighs heavily. Standardized tests are in your nightmares, and it’s easier to give up than it is to fight harder. But like the Broncos, things can still turn around and you can finish stronger than everyone expects. Right now it all comes down to your 4th quarter mindset – so dig deep because “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over”.

Focus on now and make a game plan. Blare that one song that gets you fired up. Use the bruises and scrapes to fight harder. Re-enter the game with determination to leave everything you’ve got on the field. Visualize your finish and be aggressive. Remember your training and tell yourself, “I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match” (Mia Hamm).

Now is the time. It’s the fourth quarter. There is still a fight that brews inside you. Everything you’ve learned over the last seven months fuels the fire within you. There is still time. Light the match and burn brightly! This is just the second half.

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