Friday, November 15, 2013

Facing Defeat: Here's How To Begin To Rebound

Defeat can be tough.
In fact, any sort of setback can be hard to take.
We know as a fact that losing a political contest can be a bitter pill to swallow. You invest so much, you expect so much, you want so much to triumph. And then you not only have to face the disappointment of defeat but the big question of "What do I do now?" You've invested so much time and spent so much adrenaline. Then, you're facing not only defeat but a void.
It's the same in any contest -- even a sporting event.
And, if you're the leader, what do you say to your troops?
Well, here's how one coach recently explained it all to her young players after a critical loss. What this coach has to say is inspiring and we thought we'd share some of it with you:

Well the dust has barely settled .... but life must go on.
As sports can give you great joy, it can also bring you enormous sadness in defeat. I know that it isn't exactly how we wanted the story to end, but we all knew it would end sooner or later. The hope was later, of course.
I always say, sports teaches us so much about life. This is one more lesson - when you are knocked down, you have to brush yourself off and get back up. Life will go on and it will get better -- maybe not tomorrow, but soon. You will look back and remember all the good - because there is so much good and we tend to not appreciate when it happens. All the wins, the friendships, the laughter, the hot and freezing cold practice, the sprints, the pranks, the bonds that some teams NEVER have together. 
Well, it is what it is, and there is only one place to look - forward.…because we can't go back:( 
 But in the end it will somehow make you stronger, trust me!
I feel the sadness in a loss like this is often magnified as "end" - an end to your season. But I know it will not be an end of a relationship between a player and a coach, and that makes me somehow feel better!
The 2014 season will be upon us before you know it and we will need you ALL!

There it is. And it applies to so many chapters of our lives.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
But we would add just one more thing: A setback is nothing more than a setup for a comeback.
Never forget it!

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