Taking an L ( loss ) is something we all experience. I personally think it’s a part of life. Losing something or losing someone at some point is inevitable…
So why not learn something new about yourself from every loss?
In the fight game, there’s a saying you hear in training rooms after a fighter isn’t victorious:
You win or you learn, there are no losses.
Hearing that straight after a defeat is sometimes more demotivating than motivating ( trust me I’ve been there a few times now). But, once you really stop feeling sorry for yourself and take some time to re-evaluate the situation, it’s true.
At the end of the day you’re still breathing, your ego and face may hurt a little but you live to fight another day.
Turn your losses into lessons and MAY THE GRIND CONTINUE.
This is something I’ve adopted not only in sports but in everyday life too.
The type of thoughts that go through my head now are: ”so what if I didn’t execute my game plan as smoothly as I wanted to”. I have to ask myself, “what went wrong?” ” How can I change it?” and most importantly ” did I die?”. The fact I didn’t die is living proof that it’s really not the end of the world.
Challenging myself and coming up short no longer counts as a loss to me, it’s just another lesson learned. These are literally conversations I have with myself and they bring me back to reality.
Like I said you live to fight another day, things don’t always go how we expect or want them to but that can’t be the end of the world. I’ve learned that how you feel after something tragic or disappointing happens can’t be helped but in most cases, your actions are in your control. Now I can’t say this will method will work for everyone but it seems to work for me. negative or positive, whatever the situation it’s always an opportunity to learn something new about myself.
So I have no shame in taking those L’s as long as you learn from them and tell yourself on a daily basis #MakeTodayCount.