Monday, January 26, 2015

Wisdom from a loss

(Picture of Ryan Picket courtesy of Wikipedia; who played for the Packers from 2006-2013 and currently plays for the Houston Texans. After a tough loss like that, I couldn’t bring myself to put a picture of a current Packer.)

It has now been 8 days since the Green Bay Packers heartbreaking loss to the Seattle Seahawks and the end to their season. This loss was particularly difficult because of the way that it happened. The Packers were up 16-0 at the end of the first half, only to be outscored 28-6 in the second half and overtime.  The Seahawks put 15 points on the board in a span of merely 45 seconds just to stay alive. The Packers were then able to push the ball down the field and score the tying field goal to push the game into overtime. In overtime, after winning the coin toss, Seattle wasted no time. They marched down the field in 6 plays for 87 yards, including the game winning 35yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse.  To many who watched the game, they are still in disbelief. The way the Packers let this game slip out of their hands, made it one that many players and fans alike, will not forget for a long time.
The question that Mike McCarthy, his staff, players, and the Packer organization as a whole now face is, where do we go from here? No matter what the Packers try to do to erase this loss, it has been etched in stone. How do they move on? How do you move on? Is there anything that they can learn from this loss or do we just mope about what could have been?
The question of how to move on is a difficult one when you have just experienced a defeat or failure, but it’s one that we must not avoid. It’s okay and encouraged to grieve the loss for a period of time, but we must move forward. When we face a difficult defeat there are questions we must ask ourselves. First, take some time to look at all the positives leading up to the loss, during it, and what is possible in the future because of it. Next, you need to look at the negatives. What are the missed opportunities? Where did we let up and not give it our all? What can we learn from our mistakes and how can we prevent ourselves from making the same mistake(s) next time? Then, move forward. Don’t allow this experience be the one to knock you out! Allow it to be fuel in the fire. Know that you can’t win them all and that you can’t win unless you play!

What have you learned from a time that you’ve lost/failed?
What helped you the most during that time?

Next time you lose, Remember to learn from it, use it to improve your game, and get back out there!


Anonymous said...

I've always seen failure as an opportunity to grow. Sure it sucks and sure I might need a few days (especially after the Hawks lost the super bowl) but it also helps us gain perspective. I like that you included moving forward. That's key. Great post, keep it up.

Dan Eberhard said...

Thanks for joining the conversation! Thought your Seahawks had that game, but they'll be stronger next year because of it, I'm sure. Thank you for your encouragement, I appreciate it! I'll check out your blog this week. :)