The Lens of Defeat and Victory

How we fall is just as important as how we get up.

There are situations in our lives where we repeatedly fail to live up to our own expectations. This can be difficult to accept. It is so easy to fall into the trap of self-pity, the trap of thinking that we are lacking something. So many times a loss is magnified, becoming part of us, as if it is inherent — or so we think.

Why is it so easy to dismiss a win or something positive as a fluke, rationalizing external factors that may have assisted us? Their contributions may be overblown. And yet, the same treatment applied to something negative becomes blame and we quickly remind ourselves to take responsibility.

It’s not that we can’t win; it’s that many of us won’t let ourselves.

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