Learn How to Lose
Learn How to Lose – PART 1
- Chase the best competition, both in the practice room and in actual competition. Stay away from going down a weight or up a weight for a better chance at better results. Test yourself often.
- Nobody cares about your record – nobody! State titles are a dime a dozen. College coaches care about quality wins. Who did you beat? Placing high at national tournaments is also great, but whom did you beat in the process? Quality wins are king.
- There is also something to be said about quality losses. Now, you will eventually have to beat some quality opponents, but if you are closing the gap with a top ranked opponent, that is a recipe for success. There isn’t much better than closing the gap each time you wrestle someone good (and eventually beating them). That is the ultimate testament of progress…
- LEARN! *Most important. What you take away from a loss is crucial.
- Was it Technical – You have some work to do.
- Was it Mental – You have some work to do.
- Did you flat out got whipped – you have a lot of work to do.
Your Attitude after a loss will determine who you really are, as well as your future success. Getting pissed is one thing, throwing a fit is unacceptable. You had your opportunity, you lost, what are you going to do about it??
1. Workout that night – Nothing will have a greater impact than putting in work while the loss is fresh.
High Emotion = High Adrenalin
2. Watch your video – See where you fell short and put the time in those positions.
Do not continue going thru the same routine after a loss…
3. Change – that’s why we lose, so we can pivot and make a change.
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Wrestling coach and former All-American, Coach Jon Sioredas has coached at the NCAA Division 1 level for the past decade and has been affiliated with several top 25 programs.
With twenty-five years in the wrestling world (fifteen as a competitor and ten now as a coach), Coach Sioredas shares his many thoughts and actions as he continues on this journey and strives to change lives through effective training and leadership.