As the NCAA Tournament kicks off today, I thought it would be fitting to add another edition from the binder archives of my father. For those reading this who may not know what that means, refer to prior posts for additional background.
It is going to be focused on athletes, but I think you can remove that word and simply say people…
ATHLETES FALL INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES
- THOSE THAT KNOW IT ALL
- THOSE WHO HAVE EXCUSES WHEN THEY MAKE A MISTAKE
- WHOSE WHO BLAME MISTAKES ON OTHERS
- THOSE WHO NEVER GET A CHANCE BECAUSE THE COACH DOESN’T LIKE THEM
- THOSE WHO QUIT ON THEMSELVES
- THOSE WHO HUSTLE AND OVERCOME BAD BREAKS BY WORKING HARDER
- THOSE WHO ARE LOSERS
- THOSE WHO ARE WINNERS
WHICH ARE YOU???
While I challenge you to take to heart this list to help you become aware of how you may handle the tests this world brings our way, also use it to identify those things that you should NOT do when those test come…. because they are coming!
In thinking about myself on this list, I think I would tend to fall into the combo-category of “know it all winner who works hard at making excuses that blame others because he is too worried about the right people liking him” category.
A good friend gets on me for being too hard on myself, so please know that was an attempt at humor here… while there is some truth in the joke, I think over all I consider myself a winner.
As the tournament goes forward, look at the players on the floor, watch their reactions and see if you can identify what category they may be exhibiting at that moment.
Are you wondering why I bolded the last 3? I think those are the 3 positive categories in this list. 2 of them are obvious, but the loser category? What?
Here is my thought… losing keeps us humble if we have the mentality of a winner and someone who hustles to overcome bad breaks in life. If all we ever did was win… we would lose sight of what got us there and would think that we are above it all. If all we did was have to hustle to overcome bad breaks, eventually we would break and start making excuses. When we experience a loss from time to time, it allows us to remember where we came from, who we belong to and refocus our efforts on becoming the best we can be.
By the way, the opposite is true… if we have the mindset of a loser, we won’t know how to win or work hard to over come… we simply fall into the abyss of excuses and searching for answers. Don’t fall into that trap….
In the inspiring words of Big Sean, “Last night I took an L, but tonight I bounce back.”
Bounce back people!