Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             22 January, 2021

Category:  Articles » Self Improvement » Motivation


Don't Be Fooled by Momentary Defeat - Pressing on to Victory

         Views: 1291
2008-08-31 04:58:31     
Article by Steve Wickham

My wife told me of an event that occurred at a under eight's netball game. The little girl in the Goal Keeper's position fell over at an early stage in the game, and her disappointment or embarrassment caused her to require quite a bit of consoling before she was able to take her effective place in the game -- fortunately, the ball was down the other end most of this time. This is quite characteristic behaviour for this age of child, as they learn to cope with the disappointment of failure.

This illustration might be rather extreme but it does demonstrate our affinity for dropping our heads when things don't go well, for instance, in ball sports when a player fouls or gives away a free kick. We've all done it -- in our disappointment with ourselves or with the umpire or referee, dropped our head. The following quote beckons us to not fall for this momentary drop in focus.

"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."

-Robert G. Ingersoll

Momentary defeat brings with it embarrassment, pain, disappointment, or anger with an outcome we didn't expect, or we don't want to deal with. We suddenly react in our 'wounded child' state and it does us, and our situation, no good. In the sporting analogy above, we can see the other team charging toward the touch / goal line as we wallow in the self-pity of our sorrows.

It may be difficult to learn, but training ourselves to not momentarily quit is a very worthwhile activity. And it is about training. It's a habit. It's about complaining less and getting on with the task at hand. It's accepting the status quo no matter how unjust and choosing to move on. It's faith. Faith like this is personified courage as Ingersoll has purported in his quote.

There is no reason to lose heart and give up momentarily. In fact, the person who successfully rebounds from defeat straight away is an inspiration to all around him or her. It inspires others to learn the same habit. That can only be a good thing. Also, we never know what we might 'win' when we don't give up. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?

Specialized in: Momentary Defeat - Pressing - Victory
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
The Best Way To Live - God's Way! (Popularity: ): I have once found myself in extreme pressures to know who God really is, how He came to be and what made Him God. I was a little boy then and could not really understand that God is not part of the world that has been made. Rather He is the One who made all things, so He has never been made. He is a loving God who wants to ...
Give Or Take? (Popularity: ): The world would be a perfect place if each of us were granted the opportunity to work at our dream job and make a monthly six figure salary. I am sure that given those circumstances most people would pour themselves passionately into the job, performing according to elevated standards of excellence resulting from a self-motivated outlook.But the reality is quite different for most XXI Century professionals. Very few are able ...
Do What You Love (Popularity: ): One of my favorite subjects is on finding or choosing your true passion. One reason it's one of my favorites is because I'm the worst case there ever was of when-to-do-it! When is the best time to make your move? How are you going to tell your boss? How are you going to tell your wife? What can you say when your not happy with the $75,000 a year job? ...
Affirmations and Subliminal Messages (Popularity: ): One of the major secrets to success with anything at all, be it wealth, health, success or anything else you desire is to bypass the conscious mind in order to access the immense powers of the subconscious mind.The subconscious mind is therefore sublime; it will accept anything you submit to it without question, and will then act upon your instructions thereby bring your vibration into complete harmony with your desires, ...
Jefferson Davis - From Bridegroom to Widower in 89 Days - "From Kentucky Log Cabin to the Capitol" (Popularity: ): The public is well aware that Jefferson F. Davis was President of the Confederate States of America. This article is one of a series of articles from a forthcoming book "Jefferson Davis-a Memoir" and the article series "From a Kentucky Log Cabin to the Capitol" which will share "the rest of the story" of who Jefferson Davis was, what he stood for, and includes his wide range of accomplishments. This ...

Related Business 
Vehicle Insurance News (Popularity: ): Get a personal and an education loan in a few minutes, join us an we will help you fullfill your dream. Don't get fooled by banks and other credit organizations, we will help you avoid extra expenses when you take a loan.
Victory A.R.T. Laboratory Phils., Inc. (Popularity: ): Victory A.R.T. Laboratory Phils Inc. is part of the Hong Kong based Victory Group of A.R.T. Laboratories and is the pioneer IVF laboratory here in the Philippines. Established in and spearheaded by Dr. Gregorio Pastorfide, a re-knowned and internationally acclaimed OB-GYN, Victory continues to assist and provide infertility solutions using state-of-the-art equipment and an ever-growing and adapting medical team.
ATV Houston Dealer Sales And Repairs (Popularity: ): Houston ATV Dealer, BORMOTORSPORTS is your source for children's atvs. Our kid's atvs are affordable safe fun and reliable. We have all sizes 49cc 50cc 110cc and 125cc youth atvs. So if you are looking for a small quad at a cheap price you have found the right place all our atvs come with a limited bumper to bumper warranty. Don't be fooled by others offering the same atvs at ...
Titan Attacks (Popularity: ): Save the Earth from evil alien invaders from Titan! Fight your way across the solar system to defeat the aliens on their homeworld. Upgrade your ship with bigger guns from bounty money. Defeat the alien mothership!
United Record Pressing (Popularity: ): 27 years of vinyl pressing, musical mastering, plating and labeling. Nashville, TN.
Dwyane Wade Gives The Victory (Popularity: ): Dwyane Wade gives a victory over the Miami Heat when he scored a basket of victory in front of Charlotte Bobcats team. Wade recovered quickly from an injury; he came back in the second half and scored a basket to give a dramatic victory over the Miami Heat, ending 96-95. LeBron James and Chris Bosh were the big guns for the Heat with 35 and 25 points respectively.
Five Stars Law (Popularity: ): Let’s dispense with the obvious. If you’re drunk, then don’t drive. Don’t drive, because you don’t want to hurt someone else or yourself. Don’t drive, because you don’t want to smash up your car or damage someone else’s property. And finally, don’t drive, because you don’t want to get arrested, lose your license, pay huge fines, have your insurance go through the roof and perhaps even lose your job.
Unlimited Call To India From US (Popularity: ): Don't be fooled by similar services offering unlimited calls to India with hidden fees, contracts and registration charges. SimpleCall's Unlimited Calls to India for $11.99/mo* means you pay one flat rate for direct and unlimited India calling.
Record Pressing.com (Popularity: ): Full mastering, CD duplication, vinyl record pressing and CD manufacturing service.
Retail Centre Ltd. (Popularity: ): Clock discount is one of the UKs leading online suppliers of Wall Clocks, Retro Clocks, Alarm Clocks and more, with UK held stock of the major clock brands such as Karlsson, Nextime and Roger Lascelles. But don't be fooled by our name, we are all about quality clocks at the lowest possible price, ensuring throughout, we give a professional service and a great product at the end of it.