Basketball is a cruel sport to this extent: Unless you are the champion, your season ends with a loss.
If you have watched the NCAA tourney, you have seen the tear-filled, heart-felt disappointment at losing the last game. When you care, whether you win or lose matters. But, basketball tourneys remind us that no one wins all the time. In fact, we frequently fall short.
So, how do you process that last loss?
Most of us don’t like losing. But the pain of losing a high-stakes game is nothing compared to the dissatisfaction that comes from not trying.