Football’s here again. After Cam Newton’s infamous post-Super Bowl presser last year, we know that while we all strive to win, we cannot always attain that goal. Here are some tips to get back to your winning ways after dealing with a tough loss.
The first is to be accountable
The best winners are accountable for their losses as well as their victories. Do not live in blame, shame, and justification. That is a losing mindset. Accept what happened, both good and bad, allow yourself learn from it, and move on. If your focus is on your effort, and you detach yourself from the outcome, it is easier to be accountable.
Next, be aware of both your strengths and your weaknesses
Keep improving on what you do well, maintain or increase your strengths, but do not get complacent. Make sure that you’re spending extra time practicing with things that you struggle with. Practice makes progress, not perfection. Remember that a change of approach is usually in order if issues persist.
The next great tip (I’m looking at you, Cam) is to focus in on your attitude
Remember that if you do not believe, you will not achieve. If you try to fight losing, you often attract exactly what you do not want. Make sure you’re supportive of all your teammates with that same attitude. Remember that to lose with grace is equally as important as winning. Take a step back, separate yourself from the situation, breathe, and stay centered. Consider using meditation to achieve balance. Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth can help calm your anxieties as well. Connect to goodness and try to put your losses into perspective. Appreciate all the things that you are learning as well as all the things you have in your life.
Last but not least is my favorite tip. Never give up!
The surest way to lose is to quit. Always keep your attention and work ethic at its maximum. Work smart and hard. Be efficient, effective, and statistically successful. Know the results will come. Never give up and everything will come to you in the right way at the perfect time.
Take these four steps to heart and get back on the winning track.
By: David Meltzer