Everything was going the Ravens’ way until the lights went out in the Super Bowl. When the lights came back on, the 49ers came back with a vengeance. Ultimately, the Ravens won, but it got awfully tight there for a while. I’ve seen such things happen many times in other games. I’ve never quite understood it and wish I did. To be cliché, something “sparks” a team at a critical moment and they come alive. I’d use fresher language if I understood the underlying factors that cause the change. It seems to me that what happens is that the team suddenly begins to “believe” in themselves. But why that should happen just because some lights went out for a while is beyond me.
I started wondering if this kind of random happening can spark critical moments elsewhere in our lives. I thought of one, perhaps. By all logical considerations, the change to a new year on a calendar is a completely arbitrary event. Yet, many people treat the beginning of a new year as a new “start.” I’ve known people to jump start careers, reengage in their marriages, change their lifestyles, and do many other things because they decide that “this day” or “this moment” is going to be the critical one. Nothing changes in the physical world; everything changes in the emotional one.
Of course, many times people try to make such changes with good intentions but fail. This just makes the whole process more mysterious. Why do some succeed and others don’t? Why do we succeed sometimes but not others? I have to believe it is a largely an emotional phenomena, but surely there are behavioral elements to it. I wonder what they are? If I could only figure them out I’m sure I could make a lot of money
What do you think?