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Playing it Safe or Playing to Win?

By Tiffany A. Dedeaux

Based on how the Denver Broncos appeared you can give the impression that you’ve given up based on:

  • Your (lack of) emotional response
  • Your actions

Silhouette of a woman jumping across deep ravine at sunset. Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

What do you do when you have nothing to lose:  give in to the momentum that nothing will work out or do you take risks to make big things happen?

That is the same line of thinking I had in watching the Seattle Seahawks play in their last few games.  One play, in particular, caught my attention:  during the NFC Championship game there appeared to be confusion on if and when the kicking crew would go out for a field goal attempt.  In the confusion, it was decided to go for a touchdown.

Without looking at the details of what happened or why it is interesting to note that what they decided to do could impact morale as well as momentum.  A field goal implies playing it safe or playing not to lose while going for the touchdown gives the appearance of playing to win.

When you consider the situations you face are you playing it safe or playing to win?

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