QOD-174: Victory is built on the backbone of defeat – Shawn Sousa

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Victory is built on the backbone of defeat.
~~ Shawn Sousa

Victory is build on the backbone of defeat. What if you don’t know what victory or defeat is? The “wussification” of America was being discussed one evening while I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law. We were watching an ad for Kia Sorento on TV between time outs in a football game.  The dad was taking his son to his Kia Sorento after a football awards ceremony. He asked his son to let him look at the trophy he was presented with and saw it was a “Participation” trophy.

Under his breath he starts muttering about how the team won every game this year. Why does his team get a “Participation” trophy like everybody else.

He proceeds to rip off the “Participant” label on the trophy and pulls out a marker and writes CHAMPS. He gets in the car and hands the trophy back to his son saying “Way to Go, Champ.”  I put the Kia Sorento ad from YouTube on the show notes page if you want to go look at it.

The conversation started with my daughter and her husband, Shawn, and I about how we let people start believing that participating was the same as winning and losing; that it didn’t matter if one team won or lost. We all started on our own rants about how bad this was. Kids need to understand the difference between losing and winning. If you don’t feel the emotion of winning or losing, you don’t build the strength, the fortitude you will need in life to get through the tough times. If the emotions are the same for winning and losing, what’s the point of competing?

When you are working to achieve your goals, you have to understand the feelings of winning or losing to be able to understand what it takes to get through the hard time. When you set a goal, the point is to achieve that goal.  It’s just like a game or sporting event. You are trying to score a goal!  You are not just a participant. Just participating doesn’t get a goal. You have to be active, you have to take action. You have to have the spirit to win to strive to achieve your goals.

You have to know your WHY? Why am I trying to achieve this goal. If it doesn’t matter if you win or not, or achieve your goal or not, then why be there. Knowing WHY you are playing and having the ability to feel the emotion it brings helps you do what it takes to achieve that goal.

Go Out Today & Play to Win! Don’t Just be a Participant.

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I want to help you get the goals you set and make this year the best year ever for you. Do you want to achieve your goals? Do you want to walk your own path and go where no one has ever been before? Does your subconscious mind play goalie for the other team, blocking your goals and dreams? You can change your mind and make it play for your team.

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Episode 34 – Is This What You Struggle With?

Episode 35  – Is Your Mind Killing Your Dreams? 6 Steps to Stop It Now.

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