The Kansas City Royals were ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays 12-2 in the 8th inning. The game was a loss for one team and a win for the other. It was interesting to see how each manager used their position to their advantage.
Both teams kept playing their best. The Royals were so far ahead they could have mentally eased up. But they didn’t. They kept playing full out. It may have been to test themselves, to build their own personal record, or to keep the win. They changed the focus of the situation into a personal challenge for each payer.
The Blue Jays’ manager sent in a pitcher who had never played in the major leagues in order to give him experience and see what he could do under pressure. The manager turned the loss into a learning situation and an opportunity to give an up-and-coming rooking some valuable experience.
When the immediate game is lost, how can you change it into a win?
It’s not a loss, it’s a chance to strengthen a skill
Whatever it is we do, we get better with practice. If you find yourself in a situation that isn’t working out, use that opportunity to try a new technique, sharpen a skill, or practice a new approach.
I keep putting off making videos. I have to learn a new program to do it. I have the scripts. I have the equipment set up. I just need to practice. It’s a losing situation until I practice and increase my skill and then simply do it.
It’s not a loss, it’s a chance to try a new sequence
Perhaps you’re in a situation that isn’t working the way you want it to because of the sequence of your preparation? Maybe you need to do things in a different order, change the batting order, if you will.
As I have begun to understand the way I like to work, I have chosen a focus of each day. Monday is for writing, Tuesday is for podcasts, Wednesday is for books and courses, etc. I pay attention to how I feel, what I’m in the mood to do and then adjust my schedule to fit my mood. Experiment with the sequence of your days to find a rhythm that suits you.
It’s not a loss, it’s a chance to gain experience
People who have experience are calm and confident, and have a good time doing what they’re doing. The only way to gain experience is to do things, again and again. Don’t look at your inexperience as a losing situation, view it as a perfect opportunity to practice and gain the experience you seek.
A friend of mine asked me to do a trial podcast interview for her new radio show so she could make certain she had the mechanics mastered. She said, “You can talk about anything.” So we recorded. She ended up buying a new microphone to improve the sound quality and I became aware that I needed to develop clearer talking points. It was a win for both of us.
It’s not a loss, it’s a chance to try a new technique
New techniques can speed things up. They can cut corners. They can improve the results. Keep learning. Keep exploring!
My podcasting skills keep improving. I’m getting better at leaving noticeable pauses when I make a mistake while recording. That has increased the speed with which I can edit. I’m learning to tell better stories in my work.
Learning, exploring, and experience builds confidence and speed. Experiment until you find the pattern and rhythm that suits you.
It’s not a loss, it’s a chance to create a better game plan.
My biggest change in game plan was when I sought out a new tribe online. I’m still adjusting to that, finding new ways to connect, exploring new venues to share. I experiment. I evaluate. I adjust.
Even if the situation looks like a loss, it is not. There is no loss in whatever you do. There is simply a learning opportunity. Sometimes the lessons amount to a smack on the head by a cosmic two by four and other times there’s simply a gentle nudge that opens a brand new opportunity.
What did you learn the last time you thought you lost?
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