Thursday, June 16, 2011

Big loss - what now?

The gauntlet has been laid down! The Canucks lost the Stanley Cup. They were the best team during the regular season and now they can seize the moment, and rise to the challenge.

What? Didn’t they just lose? Aren’t cars burning in downtown Vancouver? Yes to both questions. But a true champion rises from a disappointing loss and gets better.

I suppose that I have used enough clich├ęs but it is hard not to. What is there to be said? I have sat in locker rooms after crushing defeats both as a coach and as an athlete. And a couple of times I told those who were stilling smarting from a good butt kicking to smell the air, analyze those feelings in your gut, and then bottle them. Seal them; put them away for safe keeping.

And when you are lying in bed, thinking about rolling over or getting up for that early morning workout,

when you are considering dropping that last set because you are tired,

when you are debating hanging with your buddies for a couple more rounds or heading home to get a good night’s sleep,

Pull out that bottle, open it up and take a good whiff. It is the smelling salts of a winner.

Everyone body wants to be a champion. But do you have that desire on the practice field or weight room as well? Remember those bad times, and do your best to STOP them from happening again.

I met a venture capitalist once, and he told me that most of the big guys in the business suffer many losses. And the rule of thumb is that the next success is governed by the magnitude of the last failure.

So get up, dust yourself off, and get ready to prove all the doubters wrong.


  1. now I'm ready to kick some ass, seriously :), nice start for your blog, will follow up

  2. Very nice and very very true. Our true grace and Character is shown not in the moments of Triumph but in the moments of defeat. Be sure to chose your reactions wisely.