Carolina Panthers Cam Newton and Coach Rivera share 10 secrets of success with their fans. These secrets could be applied universally to a lot more than football. However, revealing the formula behind Carolina’s success may also help other football enthusiasts understand all those the unique Panther traditions. During the playoffs, many sports viewers have been curious, and even critical, of the Carolina team.
The overwhelmingly joyful spirit of the Carolina Panthers seems to shock some more traditional sports fans. All the dancing, singing, laughing, and apparent showboating over touchdowns may seem a little strange, but it’s all part of the Panther’s success strategy, and after this season, who could argue with that? The Panthers shared the strategy that makes them uniquely successful with the Charlotte Observer. Notwithstanding the recent loss at the Super Bowl, their season is still an unprecedented success.
Carolina Panthers Quarterback, Cam Newton, Shares Secret Of Success No. 1
“We all make mistakes, but yet it’s all about how you rebound from that mistake, rather than giving up.”
Everyone has made mistakes. Those who are actively challenging their limits make them more often than most, but Cam’s advice is to rebound. Cam doesn’t let players get caught up in a failure, whether great or small. Panthers don’t play the blame game or the regret game, they keep pushing, and don’t waste time feeling bad or guilty. They don’t recriminate, they just rebound. With that strategy, circumstances are bound to improve, because those who learn to rebound quickly will rise above and beyond their circumstances. Cam himself has overcome some great obstacles to get where he is today.
Cam Newton Explains Carolina Panthers Secret Of Success No. 2
Cam believes in taking risks, going for the most points, and then making it happen. Cam is talking about his 1 yard climbing touchdowns, in which he reaches over the goal line with the ball in one hand, while climbing his way over the top of the other team. He’s done it at least twice in recent months, but it is a pretty unique play in football. It looks more like stage diving at a concert. The following is a quote from Brainy Quote.
“Some people think it’s risky, I call it scoring. That’s six points rather than three points with it coming off somebody’s foot, I’ll take the risk every time.
“Winning is contagious, you know its a thought. It’s not something that just happens on Sundays. You know that’s something, like you have to live like a winner. You have to think like a winner. You have to eat like a winner. Everything that you do with life, you gotta be a winner.”
Cam is a positive guy, and a really nice person, but he is also a tough competitor, willing to claw and scratch his way to victory, reaching his goal even when it is probably is going to hurt. He takes the risk, and then makes his own luck with grit and determination. He breaks down the “imaginary wall” between him and his goal, whether he has to pass, run, climb or crawl. It is all about reaching that goal.
Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera Shares Secret Of Success No. 3
“One game at a time.”
Ron Rivera is a one-day-at-a-time kind of guy, and he believes in staying in the moment, especially in the middle of an NFL game. It’s no time to daydream, dread, or count rewards and consequences. Keeping players’ minds in the game, not planning further than one win, is what Panthers do. Players can’t win if they are bogged down thinking about the past or the future. It is all about the present moment.
Ron Rivera Shares Carolina Panthers Secret Of Success No. 4
“Keep your personality. Respect your opponent but believe in yourself.”
For the Panthers, that means dancing, prancing, listening to music, and mouthing the lyrics. It means celebrating the touchdowns with dancing, skipping, and strutting around. Some call it showboating, but it is really just being a happy Panther. It is the opposite of inhibition. Being inhibited, shy, and retiring can cost Panthers the game. It is the joy of life, and the thrill of the game that keeps the Carolina Panthers going.
Carolina Panthers Ron Rivera And Cam Newton Share Secret Of Success No. 5
Ron Rivera tells people to stop worrying. Don’t be a perfectionist, or start recriminating. Spontaneity is better than planning. Adapting, not picking over plans and details, is a major key to the Panthers’ success. The Panthers are a team looking for any opportunity to turn the game in their direction. They take the ball, pluck it right out of the sky and run with it, whenever an opportunity arises.
“If you start worrying too much… and doing things completely the right way, I think you lose that little edge. And I think that’s something that’s been good for us is keeping that edge.”
Cam Newton advises, “Control what you can control. Don’t lose sleep worrying about things that you don’t have control over because, at the end of the day, you still won’t have any control over them.”
Cam Newton Offers Carolina Panthers Secret Of Success No. 6
“There are a lot of individuals in this game that wish they had the mesh that the Carolina Panthers have in the locker room and being able to go out to practice and be able to go to each other’s events and share the same cause. So many guys do that here.”
Panthers love their jobs because they understand and like each other. They come to work early, full of excitement that comes when a team really cares for one another. They spend time together off the field too. They have Bible study together, and share powerfully in the common cause, which isn’t always about football. They do a lot of work in the community, and take part in local events that have nothing to do with sports at all.
The Carolina Panthers Secret Of Success No. 7 Is Honorary Coach Braydon Beam
Honorary Coach and first grader, Braylon Beam, is the Panther’s ace in the hole. Braydon calls himself the Panthers’ good luck charm, but he is a lot more than that. As Panthers.com reports, the Panthers first met Braydon through the Make a Wish Foundation. His wish was to coach the Panthers. The Panthers agree they have really benefited from Braylon’s indomitable spirit, as well as his advanced understanding of the game. Braylon seems to be gaining victories in his battle with cancer with every Panthers game and practice. Braydon’s father confirms Braydon is in a much better place, according to recent scans and tests, than he was before his coaching job. Braydon, in spite of cancer, is a joyful and exuberant 6-year-old. He is dancing his way through chemo, with Cam Newton style moves. Young coach Beam is a part of the energy and drive that makes Panthers faster, stronger, and tougher, a well as a lot more fun than most teams. Braydon offers his secret in a pregame pep talk to the team.
“Be brave, be positive, have the heart! Go cats!”
Carolina Panthers Secret of Success No. 8 Is Offered by Braydon’s Mother
Braylon’s Mom also has a tip on Panther’s success. Panthers love to play. They love the game, they love being together and they enjoy having fun, dancing on the field, patting each other on the back and smiling.
“They enjoy what they do and have fun while they are doing it.”
Carolina Panthers Secret Of Success No. 9
It’s all about the kids. Cam Newton gives away nearly every Panthers touchdown football to the youngest fans in the stands. He personally delivers the balls during the game, and the response is magical. Children share in the joy of the moment and that just makes Panthers players happier. Panthers also give to kids off the field, in a variety of charity events.
“One day I hope to open my own day-care center. My passion for kids is through the roof.”
Carolina Panthers Secret Of Success No. 10 Comes From Tight End End Dickson.
The final secret is, Panthers are just big kids. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the biggest kid of all.
“It [panther’s success] is mainly driven by #1[Cam Newton.] He’s a big kid and he’s our leader. If he was to change in the next 24 hours and be serious, it would change everybody’s mentality. The fact that he’s so loose and has everybody having fun and we’re winning, we’re all on the same page.”
What is not a secret is how much North Carolina and South Carolina love Panthers, especially Cam Newton. The team jumped at the chance to get home field advantage whenever possible, because that’s where they are loved. That support makes all the difference. Maybe the biggest lesson of all is to stay with people who love you as much as possible. Then, know those people have a part of their hearts with you, even when you can’t play at home.
The Carolina Panthers offer the secrets of success that made them the No. 1 team going into the Super Bowl, with only two losses this season.
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