Winning when you Lose

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Overtime Loss

So often it seems that we judge everything on the final score.  It’s easy to do.  Ask any sports fan and they’ll tell you the score is all that matters.  It means nothing that the game went to 4 overtimes.  All that matters is who wins in the end.

It is easy to look at life the same way.  It’s also easy to look at business this way.  We forget all that we’ve learned.  We forget all of the friends and contacts that we’ve made.  We forget how we’ve grown as people and matured in our business sense.  We forget that in life and business we get to play more than one game.

Everyone loses.  That’s a fact of life.  It’s how you handle the loss that matters.  Learning the art of failing is learning from what went wrong and trying not to repeat it.  In my book, In God We Trust - A Simple Biblical Approach to Living Debt-Free, I talk about how we have to break down our muscles to make them strong.

We need to break down our muscles in order to make them stronger?  Yes, just like financial freedom is waiting for you on the other side of this mountain.  You need to climb it to get to the other side.  On the other
side you may find a bigger mountain, but that’s OK.

God gives us small struggles so that we can be ready for the big ones, small hills so that we can eventually climb mountains, bad so that we can know the good, valleys so that we can experience the beauty at the peaks and failures so that we can savor our successes.

The point is, we need to look at failures as stepping stones to the next challenge.  No matter how bad of a failure it was we need to push forward.  Don’t dwell on it.  Use the loss to your advantage in the next game.

Have you had a recent loss?   Make a list of what went right and what went wrong.  Learn from it and make it a part of your next game plan.  Do it now.. it all starts with just 5 minutes.

Craig Kelley

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Craig is the author of How to Get Out of Debt and an avid blogger. He strives to help people maximize their time and succeed financially as well as personally. He has been a leader in several start-up companies including Mokumax Virtual Domains & Servers, Inc. and currently HealthcareSupplyChain. Read more...

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