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Extra Points – What if?

What if…  

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll

Sports fans are crazy. I was in a debate with a friend on my beloved Seahawks after they won a huge game in Chicago. He was still fretting over close losses and what might have been if things were different.I know that’s what we as fans do, but if coaches and players do the same, they are in big trouble.

Maybe it’s the old coach in me, but looking back on failures and wondering “what if” only leads to misery. Learn from mistakes, vent it out of your system, and then move on to the next game. If you don’t do that, that “failure” is magnified and creeps into the future leaving a wake of failures in its path.

The conundrum is that this is a problem in business, too. We all fail, make mistakes, and let the “big one” get away at times. The unsuccessful people look back and moan about “what if,” and how things would have been better if they had not failed. That leads to more failures. The successful people learn from their mistakes, understand that opportunities come out of failure and crisis, and boldly move to their next “game.”

Don’t be afraid to fail. When you do, learn from them. Make adjustments is necessary, then forget them and boldly move forward with your eye on the future. That’s the clearest and best path to your “championship.”

Copyright 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –  “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”
~Erma Bombeck

P.S. How many times can you be declared legally dead. By this definition, I might have a few… 

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