1) Two Types of Losing
a) Understandable but not acceptable. Team played hard
and executed but got beat.
b) Not understandable and NOT acceptable which means
poor physical and mental effort.
2) Addition By Subtraction
Evaluate those areas that cost you the game and just
focus on clarity. Usually this means cutting away the
b and c options and focusing on execution: do one thing
until they get it right. It is better to get one action right
than do many things poorly.
3) Keep Your Poise
My greatest regrets have been when I overreacted to
losing. The famous Chuck Daly said an economy of
words is a wise choice after games.
4) No Excuses
Sometimes there are reasons why you lost that are beyond
your control( e.g. injury, really bad officiating, way more
talented opponent). Just let the obvious speak for itself
and instead of talking about those things, focus on what
you CAN control.
5) Mental Toughness
You are the leader! Your team will follow your lead, thus
it is imperative that you show discipline of tongue, actions,
and paint a picture of what you will do next....acknowledge
the elephant in room but also explain how you will remove
him from the room after you beat his fat ass!
6) Never Relent
Stay at it. Losing sucks but whatever the case an attitude
of "today isn't tomorrow" gives all hope. Specifically,
get in earlier, give a little more energy, and expect a little
better from all, even if it doesn't feel good. Really, ask
yourself each and everyday how bad do you want it?
As Norman Vincent Peale said there is tremendous
opportunity in the seeds of adversity.