When Cam Newton took the podium after the Panthers Super Bowl loss dejected and disappointed didn’t even begin to tell the story. What you saw was a crushed athlete wearing his heart on his sleeve. It didn’t take long for our pile on culture and society to mount a title wave against him, but the fact is this. Losing sucks, no one likes it. I have been part of several thousand games and never once did I say to myself “I sure hope we lose today”. So what can we all take from Cam? Winning is nice, but winning isn’t the destination.
It’s the journey that matters. Saying winning is the point of sport is like saying oxygen is the point of life, or that money is the point of business. While true I hope my life has more meaning than just getting oxygen, that my business provides lasting value to the people that consume it and my team understands that the process of winning is well more important that winning itself. Sun Tzu said it best in The Art of War “Every battle is won or lost before it’s ever fought.”
Winning processes are founded on a great effort and great attitude. Each player has a leadership role to the player next to him in supporting in struggle and congratulating in success. If you follow the development roadmap of productive hitting, pitching to your strength and making routine plays. You will win, even if the scoreboard sometimes doesn’t reflect it.
Embrace the Grind.