We lost – What Next?

Ireland outIt has been a weekend of losing – the Rugby World Cup will be quieter without the Irish fans in the Stadiums after they lost to Argentina in the Quarter Finals and Daniel O’Donnell didn’t get to do it for the Irish in Strictly Come Dancing.

Both have crashed out of their respective games, leaving many fans and themselves bitterly disappointed, (though word has it that Daniel’s Irish eyes were still smiling and that he is relieved to be out, after nerves got the better of him!)

There were many silences in Irish homes on Sunday afternoon and sighs that there will be no more Daniel to watch on Strictly.

We wonder how will the Irish team pick themselves up and prepare for the next battle, how long will do they spend analysing facts, figures, statistics, what ifs and move on?

When we are faced with similar disappointments in our work; not winning projects we worked so hard tendering for, being unsuccessful in a job interview or our own idea not being given the thumbs up, how many of us spend time imagining how the winning team are celebrating and thinking we should have won?

How do we let go of these feelings and pick ourselves up from such disappointments? Here are a few tips…

  • It is natural to feel disappointment, recognise what it is, take time out and feel that emotion
  • Self-reflect on what has happened, this will provide clarity, write down your thoughts
  • Consider the bigger picture and look at this in perspective with what you do on a day to day basis
  • How would you try again, what would you do differently?

What can make the difference is the courage we show under these conditions, how we act and what we do or plan in the aftermath.

What I am certain is that the Ireland team will soon again be prepared for battle, with wounds healed, as for Daniel, he will just keep on smiling.

As John Wooden quoted:

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

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