In life and sports success and failure are barely at hand.The road to the top is not mapped and not easy to find. Difficulties are all over while every step often hides a trap. As much as the preparation was “perfect” the moment of the final effort and its result is not guaranteed for anyone.
“Success has many fathers … but failure is an orphan …”
At the most difficult time… when everything is over and you realize the “magnitude of failure”… the world around you is shattered with awe and swagger. You didn’t see it coming… or you just hoped it would not happen… at least to you… You have a knot on your throat… you have difficulty breathing… you do not see clearly because of your tears… You want to run… to go away… to hide in your loneliness… like a wounded animal… You try in vain to realize what went wrong and what you lost… you can’t… you can’t even think… The mind is blurred because the pain in your heart is bigger…
The next day will find you feeling like a loser. You’re ready to thunder it all… give it up… run away. Nothing around you is of interest. You feel an endless emptyness. And yet… this emptyness… is a new white page in the book of your life. It is the moment of reconstruction… the window of opportunity to manage yourself… realize and find the reasons why you failed. Instantly you will not see the past… but the future!!
Managing failure is a talent. If you do not have it… you have to get it!
You need to be calm and methodical… to be able to distinguish the details… the causes that brought the negative result… To be able to control your selfishness and feelings… so that your judgment is impartial… Be prepared to take over… but also to give responsibilities to those who deserve them… To have determination and power of thought… to change things and situations… that have influenced or continue to affect you negatively… Be honest… especially with yourself… to be able to admit if your failure was the result of your own mistakes… misfortune of the moment… or if it was just the confirmation of the end of your sports career… that end that you refused to see…
Proper failure management marks the new start. Whatever this will be. It is the beginning of a new course… free of the mistakes of the past… it will be better… more careful in its design… and more prospect of success. It is the obligation you have in yourself… the reward for the efforts you have made… and the strong foundations you have to put in order to build on your next goals.
Because things and situations do not end there where they look they do… but where they are meant for you. It is ultimately the minimum you need to do… in order to live the maximum… your dream in reality.