The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat🌱Last night, @umichbball
moved on to the #ncaa #Sweet16
in the sweetest of fashions: a buzzer beater (shouts to @jordan_system #2
💙💛). As an alum, it felt great to watch/read the press that followed and witness the genuine excitement of a well coached team doing what well coached players do. I could watch the replay over and over again (#swipeleft
) and I can only imagine what those guys are feeling. What a thrill!
But what happens to the Houston team that literally lost in the last second? How awful does the guy on the ground feel? What play could any of them have made to change the outcome? How will they sleep soundly these next few days? What about the seniors? How agonizing.
To me, this picture represent life. Jordan Poole hit the shot of his life and those around him that love and support him literally chased him down to show him their appreciation. If you don’t have those people in your life, go find them! On the other hand, in this moment, the Houston player is alone in defeat, pondering what could have been. He wasn’t successful in a hard fought challenge and he’s likely thinking of all the things that went wrong. Adding to his agony are the celebrations going on all around him.
Sound familiar? This picture could be anything for any one of us. Sometimes we’re the Michigan guys and sometimes, we’re Houston. Both will inevitably occur in life, but the latter is harder. We try to fix things in our heads after the fact or try to control things that were never in our power. We think about the should haves/would haves and don’t know how to move on. We get stuck. We stay stuck. Not realizing that Michigan represents a mindset. We can choose to get up off the floor and decide to chase victory. We get to define what victory is to us and it doesn’t have to be a buzzer beater. It can be making your bed or drinking more water. Bottom line, victory and defeat are cyclical. As you move forward, control the controllables, set goals, make plans, be flexible in your approach, and when defeat happens, take a breath then get up off the floor. Decide what victory means for you and take the steps needed to feel victorious.