It’s not whether you win or lose that’s important, but how you play the game! Although my competive nature has a bit of a problem with that, being it’s more fun when you winning! I’ve developed a new found respect for the nuances of losing. This was to have been written weeks ago after a second loss of a one win season in football. It culminated in the biggest win of the team’s history, in the play offs, over a team that has never lost to this school. Conversely after that high we lost in the semis, and did not play nearly as well as we were capable of. Out of this comes the following reasons you need to lose.
1. It keeps you Humble!
If you’re constantly on the winning side, never feeling the biting sting of a loss, you will feel invincible. When you lose it affords you the time to let the emotions out, to look at things objectively, and realize there is always someone out there that can rain on your parade. How can you win all the time and feel pain? You can’t! Pain and anguish is a necessary process of life that in the end builds a better you! Now the heat is off you and you can concentrate, on what needs to happen from this point on. This leads to the next one…..
2. You learn what you need to work on!
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, especially when you pop the tape in and watch what just happened to you. Tape is the greatest invention known to the athletic kind, and it does not lie! You friends will tell you what you want to hear, tape will tell you what you need to hear! If you’re a serious athlete, you will put film study into you weekly schedule so you can break down any deficiencies you need to give extra effort to. Having you practices taped is also a good idea, because you play like you practice. Also asked trusted advisors, someone who will tell you straight, where your weaknesses are and what you need to do to correct them. If you take on honest look, you will eventually find the kinks in the armor of the dream team! Put all the data together, and add it to you practice plan, until it is no longer a point of discussion.
3. It get’s the butterflies out of the way.
When you play the number one team, or go up against the number one athlete, you know the anxiety that situation brings! You can’t sleep, eat, and you have knots in your stomach, about being “posterized” after being schooled by said superstar. After the game however, you realize you didn’t get beat as bad as you imagined, but realized they are human like you, and can make mistakes also. Now you have a bit of an edge, why? Because there larger than life persona, has been reduced by realizing you can play the game to! The stars have the same anxieties, fears, and deficiencies we all do, they are just better at hiding them!
4. It boost you opponents confidence!
What!?! You saying I’m out of my mind! Why would I want to boost the confidence of a team that’s already better than me? Think about it you, are a non-factor, and have no credibility in the eyes of your opponent, you’ve completed phase one of training! Being underrated is the perfect scenario to be in, when you are number 1, there is only one place to go! Let that marinate in your grey cells for a moment………………………………………… Finished? Good. You have nothing to prove, and everything to gain. Remember pride goes before the fall, and I don’t need to give you specific examples, except for one word… Goliath!
5. You get to meet them again!
That’s what I love about competitive sports, its one big battle that usually puts you up against familiar foes. Remember the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Especially in team sports, rarely do the teams that are annihilating their opponents change their tendencies. Even in individual sports, if you study you rival long enough, you will be able to get inside their head.