There’s something beautiful about the binary nature of performance. It is very cut and dry. You either do or you don’t. It’s yes or no; win or lose. Whether we are talking about match point at Wimbledon, a 1 rep max clean and jerk, getting a promotion, or otherwise, performance can always be distilled down to a yes or no question: Did you, or didn’t you?
Sure, we’re emotional beings. There are even understandable reasons why people miss the game winning shot, fail a weightlifting attempt, and don’t get promotions. For better or worse, quite often it’s the results that matter, though. The reason why one didn’t get the promotion cannot pay the bills, no matter how valid they may be. In a similar light, an athlete’s soreness, or fatigue, or mood, or whatever other reason they’d like to give cannot clean and jerk the weight for him/her.
Do not confuse successful performance as being “right,” nor shall you mistake failure for being “wrong.” The outcome, however, does hold weight, especially in this country. Hopefully you didn’t hear it here first but, “It pays to be a winner.”
Be weary of using explanations, reasonings, excuses, or otherwise around your failed performances, and those that use such tactics. Those words cannot be redeemed from success at the door, plus it’s just poor form. Meanwhile, the doers of the world will be much more hush-hush as they get back to work.
Failure is guaranteed. I’d only hope that folks can move along to more “doing” once they’ve experienced failure. Chatting over excuses tends to delay those precious moments all too often.
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