Imagine giving a press briefing after every time you lose.
You have a rough day when nothing goes well…your lesson tanks and all the students are ‘revolting’…your emotions get the best of you and you say things to a coworker or family member that you immediately regret…
In these ‘post-loss’ times how do you handle yourself? How do you see the loss and your next steps? Do you blame others, brush it off as the world is against you, or internalize the failure and ‘turtle’ (ya know: stay in-dressed in your sweats-eating ice cream out of the carton-feeling bad for yourself?)?
As a Billiever (aka, a serious Buffalo Bills fan, really…just google it) I have seen year after year of loss and squashed hopes. I harken back to the Glory Days of Marv Levy, Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, and the gang that brought us 4 Superbowl games (and yes all losses). I was in High School for those 4 memorable years and they were right up there along with my memories of prom, friendships, and meeting up at the ‘Silo’.
I really have no choice but to be a Billiever. You see, some of my earliest memories are standing at the edge of my lawn on Abbott Rd flagging cars to park in our yard for Bills games, being land-locked at our house each gameday (traffic for hours), and my Dad exclaiming, “Pizza with the works!” after each win. After all, my 4 older brothers and I were in a football family growing up a half mile from the Bills stadium. I have a lot of history with the Buffalo Bills and I’m not the only one. If you want to smile and enjoy some feel-good emotions, just take a look at the effects of our recent Big Win. Also, my friend Teresa Gross (@teresagross625) shared her thoughts about this awesome football community in her post, A Football Community Celebrates.
So, what does it mean to Billieve?
It means taking each loss as a next step forward. It means staying positive…at least positive enough to know that one loss doesn’t mean the end. It means, as Bills coach Sean McDermott stated, you “continue to grow” and “learn lessons” to help you move forward. It also means you rally together for the good of the team. If you haven’t heard about all the awesomeness of Bills fans lately check out the generosity towards the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation after Andy Dalton threw the winning touchdown pass that made the Bills Playoff berth possible.
You might think this post is all about football but it’s not. It’s about being reflective and continuously looking ahead to grow…professionally, personally, or as a sports team. One loss doesn’t define you…heck even several losses don’t define you!
Just ask the Buffalo Bills and the #Billievers!