My Way of Winning
My Way of Winning:
When I play, I like to win. But winning is not just about beating my opponent. I think of winning as achieving the highest I can achieve in any given match. I like to push myself to do the best I can, to push harder and higher than those around me; to do better than I have done before. That is my way of winning.
Beating my opponent is not always a part of winning - especially when I face good competition. I won’t win every point and every match I play. I will lose sometimes.
But the way I handle losing is a big part of my way of winning. I can learn as much about my way of winning when I lose, as I can when I win.
I can practice my way of winning every time I step on court.
I can keep a winner’s attitude, a winner’s way of thinking, a winner’s way of responding to losses, mistakes, and setbacks.
How do I do this? When I step on court, I remind myself. . .
I will put my full energy into the next point--this point--at all times, up or down in a match. When I am scrambling and can only play defense, I will play defense for as long as can;
when I'm up and able to attack, I will go for the win, even if I miss. I will play smart, I will keep trying, I will keep scrapping. I will look ahead and believe.
If can do this on every point I play, I will either win the match or stand tall trying.
If I come up short, I will know that my best effort was lower than my opponents on that day. My opponent will have pushed me to my limit and I will find that my best just wasn't enough on that day. There is no shame in that.
It will hurt but I'll take my medicine because, in the end, what I really want is to know is my very best. I want to deliver my best performance on court on a given day, to strive to the maximum of my abilities, to be tested and to stand strong in the test.
If I am tested and stand strong, then I am a winner. I will have reached my goal. Win or lose, I will have played like a champion. That is my way of winning.