Great teams hate losing .

Well we didn’t get the contract but we did get great feedback about how well we did which is great and in a couple of days I will take that in and reflect on the positives.

But just now I am not seeing it that way I am only seeing that we did not get the contract.  A family member did try to cheer me up by highlighting the positives and I pointed out it was the same as the Scotland team on saturday.  Did Andy Robinson bask in the three Scotland tries?  No he focused that Scotland lost to France pure and simple and winning teams don’t lose!

Is that true?  Well I think there is a lot of truth in it.  It’s what I greatly admire in Andy Robinson’s management style he wants to win, he believes that Scotland can win and he convinces his players of that.  But that means that defeat hits them harder.  But again I think that is a good thing as it means that the zeal to win the next time is all the greater.

Compare with Andy Murray.  I am a great Andy Murray fan I would love for him to win a Grand Slam but in my heart of hearts I am not convinced that he will do it.  As I don’t know if he believes that he can do it and untill he does he will never win a Grand Slam. 

Because that is what makes winning people and teams.   Belief and the knowledge that they can win even after defeat.  Just now I suspect Andy Robinson and the Scotland team have been over phase one which is gutted in defeat, will have been through phase two which is analysing why you were defeated and will  be in phase three which is moving forward with a new game plan for the next battle with a renewed zeal to win.  As that is what winning teams do.

I am fascinated how business can learn from sports psychology as it showe me how running my own business there are many lessons to learn.  I want to be a winner in all that Bright Light Marketing does.  That is not always possible but each time we don’t win I need to go through these three phases to make sure that the next time we are ready and waiting to do the very best that we can and win the pitch.  As that is what winning teams do.

I also had last night though a reality check.  As I was sitting at home feeling sorry for myself my husband phoned to say he had an accident on Soutra Hill.  He skidded the car at the top on to its side.  It fell and bounced up again.  Thankfully no body else was involved and he is ok bar the shock.  Wanda our dearly beloved Honda is also in one piece but needing some TLC from the garage but showed what a sturdy car she is.  This makes me realise though that work is important, sports is important they both have their place but most important of all is your loved ones and your family.  They are irreplaceable.

So I am less in phase one now more in a place of thanking my lucky stars that my husband is ok.  But I will move through the other phases and lessons will be learnt for the future but perhaps not as quickly as Scotland have to.  As Scotland have to be now in the zone that they can and they will beat Wales and I wish them every luck and will be cheering them on every step of the way.

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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