A Losing Game

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

Not every loss is a loss. Nor every win a win. Winning in the short term doesn’t assure victory in the long term. Sometimes we get so caught up in succeeding that we don’t realize we are playing a losing game.

Are you winning a losing game?

A place where you feel like you are in too deep to quit? Where you’ve sunk too much time and money to quit now. You are playing a losing game.

A losing game is anything that’s not worth your time and effort. They usually come in shiny packages and promising potentials but at a cost. Trying to win an argument at all costs between a friend or partner, for example. Sure, your words are convincing, but what have you really gained in the process? Respect? Admiration? Not likely. Or how about choosing a safe career over the one you really want. Even if you do well, will you feel satisfied?

Not everything you could do is worth doing.

It’s okay to lose. Losing is part of life. When you lose, keep getting back up.

The key is knowing when to quit and when to keep going.

  • Are you ignoring/dismissing signs that it’s not meant to be?
  • Is your timing off? Are you not seeing traction?

Quit. Try again. Try something different.

  • Is it something worth fighting for?
  • Are you gaining value and experience?
  • Is it worth your time and energy?

Then Keep going.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #889

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