Podcast 34: How to Use Superstitions for Your Success

TThe Superstitions that the Super Bowl Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes use every game

Podcast (Audio Only)

Summary of today : How we use Superstitions in our everyday life

  1. Why do we use Superstitions
  2. Reasons we believe Superstition work?
  3. What are the Superstitions that Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes use

Question of the day is: Do Superstitions work?

Listen for how you can use Rituals and Superstitions like these pros to be a part of the game of a success Life.

As rational as we are as people, we do believe that all things must remain constant to get the same result as some of the most popular superstitions in sport, like for this Super bowl use. Even Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes have their own Rituals and using objects to have things remain constant.  Even as rational people we all might have a favorite something we imagine will bring us Luck.

Yet Albert Einstein said that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Then are using superstitions- that are done over and over again expecting the SAME result, Sanity?

Or can we see that beliefs have strong power. Tiger Woods quote -My mind is my biggest asset. ...

Did you ever have a lucky rabbit’s foot as a child?   I remember having one that my grandfather gave to me and I am sure he spun a wild tale about it and how if I keep it with me, no bad can happen to me.  Then nothing bad happened to me that week. So, I gave the power to the rabbit’s foot as the reason. So why wouldn’t we believe in the power of an object.

There is a placebo effect in research of a medications effectiveness, that their efficacy must reach a higher level than he group that were given a sugar pill to show that the medicine works better than our own imagined beliefs in a sugar pill.

We like the things to stay the same, but is that possible?

I could say the same for Obsessive compulsive disorder.  It lowers people anxiety when they have an urge to have things in a certain order or check the door 3 times before they leave.  It calms their anxiety.

Here are some of the most popular superstitions to team sports:

Wearing their favorite team jersey, t-shirt, benie, cap, pajamas, poncho to the game for luck (some people won’t even wash the pajamas, socks, or even blanket (some people won’t even wash them an entire season afraid they will wash away the team’s luck.) 


How about Wearing certain lucky colors or numbers?

Wearing a team cap in a certain way…cap forward, cap backwards or some even flip their cap from forwards to backwards depending on if their team is ahead or behind at the time.

The list goes on with rituals that fans feel they must do to avoid a catastrophe for their team.

Another interesting superstition AFTER the game has been played, has to do with the stock market. It is believed that if an NFC team wins, the market and economy will do better during the year.

Since I live in the Tampa area and I Love Tom Brady, I am obvious jaded, even if I love watching a young quarterback who is making history in front of our eyes with Patrick Mahomes.

My theory on superstitions is that it gives us a since of inclusion in the game and a sense of control over the uncontrollable.

And biggest of all I think we may understand that success is developing habits that will endure to help us to be successful.

Tom Brady has done unbelievable well, going into the 2000 NFL draft, no one expected great things from Tom Brady. The Patriots selected him 199th overall pick, but the quarterback would Will himself to success.

He started his rookie year as the fourth quarterback on the depth chart but, the same thing he did at Michigan, worked his way into the back-up role. When Drew Bledsoe went down at the start of the 2001 season, Brady was the next man up. He would change NFL history forever. Talking about the G.O.A.T.  Greatest of all Time. Was this luck?

Since THAT first appearance, Brady has led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl titles; the quarterback has been the MVP for four of those games, and he has done virtually everything you can do on a football field.

Tom Brady’s keys to success: Luck, superstition or hard work?

Throughout his football career, Tom Brady has never been the most physically gifted quarterback. He doesn’t run. A great deal of his success stems from his willingness to work hard and refusal to be anything less than the best.  He is vegan and his diet in his book on why he is able to be the oldest quarter back in the league, he gives credit to his diet. But even he has one lucky charm.

Despite the advances of technology, Brady refuses to change his shoulder pads. His current pair actually dates back to his time at Michigan.

“I’ve worn them for 25 years,” he explained on Quick Slants Podcast. “They’ve gotten reconditioned a little bit, but I think once you find something you like, you kind of stick with it. I’ve always kind of liked the way they felt, the shape of them. People have tried to put me in a lot of other ones.”

For this quarterback, the familiarity means that he doesn’t have to think about anything besides his passes. “I’ve been wearing the same thing for, you know, forever,” he said. “You gets used to one thing, one feel.” Given his success, no one can blame Brady for keeping things the same.

One year ago, Patrick Mahomes was one of many quarterback prospects, forced to endure and endless array of visits, drills and offseason activities in the hopes of being drafted by an NFL team.

He was asked about his emotions of last year?  He said that “This year is so much more relaxed. I get to enjoy things, much more compared to before where you’re just trying to get drafted. I wasn’t necessarily nervous, but I was just very focused. Like I said, it was all business. I was kid, but as I grew up and started really falling in love with football, I focused solely on that.

Ever since those days, have you developed any pre-game rituals at all? Mahomes said “I don’t necessarily have any pre-game rituals, but I’ve worn the one sleeve in every single game I’ve ever started. That’s pretty much the only superstitious thing I do.  It goes all the way back to my junior year of high school when I first started for the varsity team. I was out there with a single sleeve in Denver when it was only 11 degrees.

Neither of the super athletes were successful by wishing it to be so, or using superstitions, they develop success habits.

What I am taking away from Brady and Mahomes, is that Brady “willed” his way to success with hard work and always doing his best, and Mahomes loving the game and completely obsessed and focused on it.

What both of these super stars have in common is a will to win. Superstition or not, they have developed daily skills that have worked to get to the level of success that they have developed.

But, they both keep a lucky charm with them just in case.   I think it is the feeling of success of having the lucky charm with them, it is the emotion of confidence that the charm gives them. 

And the reason that we have superstitions, or rituals is to give us a sense of familiar, a sense of confidence and an emotion that we can relate back to a prior success and anchor that feeling of success through that object each time so that it has become part of a success habit and a feeling of security.  Even a blankie as a child serves the purpose of feeling more security and comfort.  We all need that. I hope you can use these as success habits for your life and to have your team win.

Colin Powell, prior Secretary of state: If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude. -

If Superstitions are the precursor to repeating daily habits for success, then let us keep the success rituals going in our everyday life.

So instead of doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result, how about keep doing the things that drive success over and over again to continue your success. 

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This is by no means a replacement for therapy of any medical attention if you need it.  Always reach out and take care of yourself or if you are feeling like you want to hurt yourself, there is always someone standing by at 1800-273-8255 or call 911. Remember to Share the Love.