Losing Like a Champion
Have you been watching the Olympic? I have been sort-of addicted to watching them; I love seeing the competitions and the personal stories of the athletes themselves. One event I was really waiting for was the snowboarding event to see Shaun White win another gold. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it. However, his attitude in moving on after really earned more of my respect as he lost like a champion – he didn’t make excuses and he didn’t hide from his defeat. He took responsibility for whatever shortcoming he had and he held his head high with that infectious smile; he even was out watching the events and mingling with the crowd.
I think we all have had days or important situations that didn’t go as planned; how easy is it to make an excuse or place blame elsewhere for the shortfall. How many times did you beat yourself up after these failed events. I know I have. But we all can follow Shaun White and lose like a champion: prepare as best you know how, come into the situation feeling liked a winner, take responsibility for any setback, and let it go. It sounds easier said than done, as they say, but I think it’s critical to move on and focus on making the next ‘big thing’ the best. These athletes are proof of that.