“After a loss like this we just have to go back and work harder. We got outplayed and that’s all there is to it. You have to let it go, move on and just work harder.” Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts quarterback after having their NFL’s best 13 game unbeaten streak end with a loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, December 18th
Manning’s comments after this loss underscore why this guy is such a winner. Going 16 and 0 had been a big goal for the Colt’s team and had generated a lot of hype in the sports media. Before the game people were talking about the “best team ever” and the Colts were being compared to the 72 Dolphins who had gone undefeated in the process of winning the Super Bowl. However, in this game Manning and his team were simply outplayed by the Chargers. So what do you do after a loss? Learn from it and leave it behind. Use the loss to get smarter and as an impetus to work harder. No serious athlete likes to lose. Losing is often times frustrating, demoralizing and a self-confidence blow. However, your job when you lose is to figure out what you did wrong and what you need to do differently next time so that you can go out and work twice as hard to implement the learning. If you’re smart, you’ll never view losing as the end of the world. Losing and failing is a necessary foundation for your future success. When you fail, deal with it by using that disappointment as an opportunity to take your game to the next level.