The awe-inspiring winners’ mindset as described by Theodore Roosevelt.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
So, I had a below par day in the office. I am hurting and wounded. Beating myself up will be counter-productive.
When our perspective requires an adjustment what better than to re-visit the quote and to draw on the strength from its philosophical wisdom.
First unpack your restoration process and then repeat the exercise with your team. Could you ever ask more from them, than to own those words?
The rationale behind our behaviours becomes most apparent only when we are in the arena living the experience, so that we can reflect thereafter and qualify our involvement with deeper understanding.
Achievement does not have to be pretty and should always be backed by the belief that where you are going to is far more important than what you are going through.
I am the author of Leading Self and Others (how to make a difference where you are with what you’ve got) and Teaming with ideas (life lessons in teams- from business, sport and parkrun). You can contact me here.