If you watched any of golf’s Masters Championship recently, perhaps what occurred to me occurred to you.
How awful it must feel to work so hard to compete in this major event and lose.
The same feeling emerges when a politician we support loses an election, when we fail to get the promotion we have worked so hard to get and so on.
Dealing with disappointment is major because we are disappointed so much.
No one plays to lose, but too few of us play to win because we played.
Participating in The Masters — check off, well done.
Running an election campaign – check success.
Working hard for a promotion that eludes us – chalk one up for being a hard worker who will soon not be denied.
The problem with losing is that we make it worse in our minds than it really is. Not everyone can win a golf tournament. Only one person may.
Where did we get the idea that we have the right to be disappointed for more than 24 hours and that’s the special rule I want to share with you this morning.
I allow myself 24 hours to be human and be disappointed – to sleep it off and start over again the next day.
Then resurrect all the good things we’ve done short of getting all that we wanted.
It’s true that to win tomorrow we have to lose today – and build our self-esteem rather than diminish it.
“Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead” – Les Brown.
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