Every coach is focused on how to win. Every athlete always focuses on how do I win the battle, how do I win the fight. I’d like to teach you how to lose. And the way you lose is you lose like a winner. What that means in plain, simple language is that I don’t care how dedicated you are, I don’t care how devoted you are, I don’t care how intent you are at winning this fight, I guarantee you you’re going to win some and lose some. That’s just part of the game. That’s just part of reality.
Knowing that means you have to know how to win a battle and you also have to know how to lose a battle. And I’d like to teach you how to lose a battle. When you fall on your face, you failed, you blew it, and you know it, you get up, brush yourself off and say the words “I lost.” Okay. I lost the battle, that’s correct. Fight’s over, we’re done for today — I’m coming back tomorrow to fight again. You see, I lost the battle, but that doesn’t mean I lost the war. I lost the battle means I failed, okay. I failed, I fell short, I wish it didn’t happen, I wish I had succeeded, but I failed. I brush myself off, I say that’s okay, the fight starts again tomorrow. I get back in the battle. Right now I’m beat, right now I’m down, but just because I lost the fight doesn’t mean I lost the war.
Understanding that means understanding I’m going to win some, I’m going to lose some, but just because I got knocked down doesn’t mean the fight is knocked out of me. Right now I’m beat, I’m down — I’m coming back tomorrow. Just because I lost the fight doesn’t mean I lost the war. And that understanding is how to lose like a winner.