(The Jolly Librarian has been sick. So the post is a little late this week!)
Today’s title comes from Nick Saban, the football coach of The University of Alabama, for those of you who do not bleed crimson. He said this after a loss. (Apparently, besides winning, one requirement for a coach is to come up with quick, snappy sayings that can be used in various situations.)
Still, I like this saying and not just because I’m a Bama alum. It’s a given that we’re all going to fail at times. So the question is not if, but how are we going to respond when we do fail?
Are we going to give up?
Are we going to find someone to blame?
Are we going to keep on doing the same thing, just maybe a little harder?
Are we going to whine and complain? (My personal favorite.)
Are we going to feel sorry for ourselves while eating a pint of ice cream? (Another personal favorite.)
If we’re honest, we all probably remember times when we’ve done one or all of the above.
But really, that is wasting a failure. To be able to move off the failure road, we have to spend some time thinking about it. We have to realize what went wrong. We have to admit our own part. And we have to come up with a plan that to avoid those pitfalls the next time.
Let’s face it. Football is not life (except in some parts of Alabama). It’s easy to see when winning and losing takes place. The ball going across the goal line is a win. The ball falling out of your hands and into those of the other team is a failure. In real life, the steps to both success and failure may not be so clear.
Still, I think Saban is onto something. We can wallow in our failures. Or we can analyze them and turn them into something else. And we get to choose every time which path we’ll take.