I’m no stranger to taking losses (see photo above).
I would say that I can lose with the best of ’em.
My losses are too many to count, but some notable ones include the time I got blackout drunk and almost killed myself by rolling my car on highway 17 in Ottawa, Canada.
Or the time I got fired from my first personal training job, which happened three days after rolling my car.
There’s also the time I just decided to stop showing up to class in college and play basketball and sleep all day instead.
That resulted in me failing basically everything and having to repeat the classes online from my parents basement while working at the gas station up the street.
I can list my losses all day, but no one’s got time for that.
The important thing is what happens after that loss.
This is not about growing as a person and learning lessons from your losses, although that is insanely important and literally how I learn all my lessons.
This is about how to respond to a loss. And how you respond is crucial.
If you had a shitty day. Your boss turned your report back and said it was trash. You failed a test. You screwed up your diet. You had a brutal workout…
… maybe you’ve been skipping the gym for months on end.
Whatever the case may be, what you do next is very important. And what you do next is this:
Go and get a win, immediately.
Crashing my car was a colossal screw up.
But what was an even bigger screw up (yes, even bigger), was the fact I wallowed in it for months.
Don’t do what I did.
Go and get a win right now.
Did you blow your diet? Then make your next meal your best one.
Been skipping the gym? Clear an hour in your day right now. Then go, conquer and destroy those weights.
Don’t let that loss be your most recent memory for too long. Quickly replace it with a big fat W.
Losing is part of life. We will all take an L to the face every now and then.
Take it. Learn from it.
Then go get that Win immediately.