How Losing Can Help You Win
No one likes losing. After all, one of the main reasons we compete is to win. Being defeated affects our self-esteem. It triggers feelings of sadness, regret, anger and anxiety. But for competition to exist, someone has to lose. Suffering setbacks helps us appreciate the thrill of victory. It's true winning doesn't automatically mean you're the best. And a loss doesn't mean you're an awful player. Sometimes a victory comes down to a lucky shot. You can benefit from a loss in productive and healthy ways. Instead of dwelling on it, focus on self-improvement, constructive criticism and objectivity. By using a loss to fuel your drive and determination, you can begin to look forward to your next chance at winning. This means that the “high” we feel from winning is a by product of a hormonal chain reaction. It helps improve our mood and, some would argue, the overall quality of our lives. It's not easy to embrace a loss. There's no way to make it fun or enjoyable. But if you take a step back to examine yourself and your performance, you can profit from it. Ask yourself:
•What can you do better?
•Are there drills that can help you improve?
•What does your coach say about your strengths and weaknesses? How can you get better in his or her eyes?
•Is there something you can do to inspire your teammates?
“What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.” …..
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