Lose to Win
One thing I have observed over the years is that people often don’t realize how hard they must train until they have lost a game or title that really meant something to them. Unfortunately that’s a little too late to begin training hard. I am not saying that athletes don’t train hard but it is in the darkness of losing that I think they truly find themselves as an athlete. That darkness of losing makes the brightness of victory a much stronger option, you develop a hunger. The darkness helps you find out who you are as a person and shows you what you must improve on in order to be a champion. These “down” moments are when you face the choices that make you a player or not.