Champions don’t always win. The skies are not consistently rosey for anyone. Everybody takes shots, experiences losses, gets knocked down, and gets dealt losing hands. I wish statements like this next one didn’t start to sound like cliches, because it robs them of the power of their truth, but:“It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond.”
The will to win matters.
Critics, however, don’t matter.
It is that attitude of focusing on these things that matter which makes true champions. It has been often and rightly said winners are made first in the mind, and then on the playing field. We win our earliest battles against ourselves and our own shortcomings long before we find victory in our chosen endeavors.
And even when we don’t win, a good attitude helps us to handle the loss gratefully. As with winning, a loser is made first in the mind and then on the field. We lose, but it doesn’t have to make us losers. We are only losers when we believe ourselves to be losers. We are losers when we allow our pasts to get in the way of our futures.
No one can make anyone a loser or a winner. It’s a mental game that is played against an opponent of one — the person we look at in the mirror daily. Yes, we can lose. We can also win. But we get to choose what defines us, what makes us who we really are inside. Eventually, that person inside will come out. It’s up to us and our choices to decide who that will be. May we all chose wisely and well.