Think Like a Champion, Even When You Lose

We don’t know who will win the Super Bowl tonight. But we do know that one team will win and one will lose. That’s a part of sports and also a part of life. “You win some, you lose some,” is a popular phrase and it reminds us that sometimes things go our way, and other times they don’t.

In his book, The Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz offers some advice for dealing with setbacks. Schwartz encourages us first not to blame others and then to remember that “how you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win again.”

You see, if we lose and think we are a loser, it is likely to be a long time before we win again. But if we lose and decide that the loss will not define us, that we’ll work hard to learn from our loss and improve, and that we’ll be more committed to work harder and smarter the next time, it won’t be long until we win again.

Don’t let your setbacks define you. Learn from them and use them to make you better. Think like a champion, win or lose, and you’ll continue to be one. The Patriots or Falcons will need this advice later tonight; hopefully they’ll know that even though this is the “biggest game of the year” they are champions, win or lose, when they continue to believe in themselves and come back even more committed next season.

Thanks for reading,


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