The Art Of Losing

It can feel like shit when you don’t get the results you were expecting. It can if you let it.

A loss is black and white though, right? As in, you win or you lose, correct?

I believe the loss on the scoreboard is only part of the picture. How you determine wins and losses is entirely up to you. I can tell you that matter-of-factly.

I’ve been a part of championship teams. I’ve worked with next level athletes and I kid you not, the scoreboard oftentimes reflects an entirely different story than what is going on in their head. Their team came out on top, but they focus on only the worst parts of their game. Perfection. It can cripple careers…

Sure, it stings for a brief moment. It stung me. I came in expecting to have something that the whole membership would be in total support of. And I’m sure they are. I mean, I took a shot and stepped up to represent what I’ve been doing for the past two years, specifically with the music industry. I was met with nothing but respect from everyone. I was shaking hands and being congratulated by living legends in the industry (some of which asked for a signed copy of my book, an ordeal in which I’m still fan-boying over…).

This year’s Alberta Music AGM was a huge success. Both for me, but also for our music community. I delivered the best speech of my life, met a dozen incredible people that foster a relentless spirit of growth and development – individuals that give so much back to our music community in Alberta – and I had my voice heard on a platform that spans our whole membership. For me, my message is loud and clear. I’m the health coach of the business. If our industry didn’t know who I was before, they know who I am now and what my vision is within the scene. And that in and of itself got people talking and thinking all things health and wellness.

And the membership came out winners. We have a united front of directors orchestrating a community of growth and opportunity. As for me, I’m taking this as a sign that my time is best spent on helping the musicians get well, stay well and provide direction to individuals interested in what I do.

Congratulations to all of the newly appointed directors, I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store for our membership. I’m excited to be a part of it in any way I can. It was an honour to see my name alongside the other nominees. They’re truly remarkable leaders and Alberta Music is going to thrive under their guidance.

While the game may reflect a certain score, it’s up to you to choose how to lose. The numbers are purely a reflection of the outcome. It’s your attitude towards that outcome that I call the art of losing.

Thanks for reading. ‘Til next time, stay sweet!

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