Hi MaxPower nation! Many of us have been a part of a competition in one sport or another. In each of those there was a winner and a loser.
When we lose it's normal to feel disappointed and down on ourselves, but it's important to have a mature demeanor and keep it in perspective that it's only a game and not the end of the world. Losing is a part of life and should be utilized as a teaching experience and not a moment of despair or reason not to shake your rivals hand.
As much as many don't like to lose, most people love to win. That probably goes with out saying. It feels good to win and celebrate our hard work and dedication. As many people in the sports world say, "winning never gets old," we here at MaxPower 2U feel the same way. How you react and behave yourself after you win is what we feel is most important in any competition.
How you act after you win says a lot about you, and we want it to say something positive about you-not negative.
We want you to feel good about yourself and even celebrate if you feel the need to, but we want you to do it in classy manner.
Celebrating is a great part of winning, but taunting is not. Showing up your competition is a sure way to show that your a bad winner. And as much as we all must learn to lose, we must also learn to win.
Being humble in the face of sheer joy and excitement is something we must all put to practice. Just as much as we learn from every loss we experience, the same can be said about winning.
When we work hard and put in the time to get the results we want, it's a wonderful thing. Understanding though that even with all the time put in to get better doesn't always lead to victory is very important. You must display good sportsmanship in defeat, as well as victory.
Your actions are always going to be a model to others, many times to children, and you must remember that sports and competition are meant to teach teamwork and hard work. They aren't to show people up or be a poor sport.
If you have children, you know more than most that they emulate everything you do and look to you for guidance and knowledge about appropriate behavior. When you whine and complain or act obnoxious and overly celebratory, they will internalize that and most likely display that behavior themselves.
The point being is that learning to be a good winner is just as important as learning to behave appropriately after a loss.
No one likes a sore loser as much as they don't appreciate a bad winner.
So just remember that to be good winner it means appreciating your competitors and the opportunities they have given you to get better while also being part of a fun activity.
Enjoy winning, but be humble about it because in order to live in abundance it also means knowing how to win.
With that said,
"Put a little MaxPower in your life!"