This year, my son is on a "winning challenged" football team.
They are a young team. They are still working out the kinks and they don't have any "star players". They are all good players. Winning will come from never giving up and continuing to forge ahead as a team.
When I look at the situation objectively, they are winning. They are gaining experience and character.
It's easy to win. Of course teaching sportsmanship is important, and how to be a teammate. But winning is fun. You feel like your hard work is paying off. You see the results from all the time at the field and you enjoy going to practice.
Losing is not fun. Losing every game is even less fun. It's disheartening. When the games get tough, you really have to dig deep and find it in yourself to get out there and play. And when a win is out of reach, it takes determination to simply finish the game.
You have to dig even deeper to sacrifice free time and hit the practice field.
You will forever appreciate the hard work that goes into losing. And you will forever appreciate winning even more.
Most importantly you will learn how to be a good winner, because you know what it feels like to lose.
It's a lesson that is learning by LIVING it.
And so today I want to blog a big shout out to everyone who has ever played for a team that was "winning challenged".
A winner is someone who gets off their tushie and plays the game.
Here's to all the winners out there.