In college, one bad episode in practice caused the coach to chew me out in front of the team. Not knowing then what I know now, I responded by sulking and giving less effort. The coach responded by benching me.
I lost playing time. The team lost games. There was no one around to talk sense into me about turning that energy around; it just spiraled downward. An opportunity, lost.
Between December 1990 (the Chicago Bulls’ first Championship season) and June 1998 (sixth Championship), Michael Jordan’s team never lost 3 games in a row.
When later playing for the Washington Wizards at age 38, Michael Jordan managed just six points in a blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers.
The loss wasn’t a surprise; even with MJ, the Wizards were not a very good team. The game was news because the six points were a career low for Jordan, and the first time in 867 games where he failed to score at least 10 points.
He scored 51 points and 45 points the next two games, both Wizards wins.
Those are cool stories and all, but what does it have to do with you?
Let’s equate a lost basketball game to a bad day at work. Things don’t quite go right, you don’t complete your tasks, and your energy just isn’t there.
I had one such day last week, and was reminded of this Bulls’ stat.
I woke up the next morning with business ideas, solutions to nagging issues, and the kind of energy that I’d missed the day before. I didn’t let myself get on a losing streak and have two bad days in a row.
Nobody tries to have a bad day. But bad days happen. Life happens. Shit happens.
Your job, and the test of your Mental Toughness, is how you respond to that bad day. Do you let it cascade into more bad days and listless performances? Or do you come back stronger to send a message to that bad day (and to the people around you) that challenges make you better and cause you to rise to the occasion?
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