It was Friday, Dec.30 as I sat in a bar with a few of my good friends watching the highly promoted UFC 207.
The infamous Ronda Rousey was the main fight of the night, but in fact it was the fight before I was highly anticipating.
The fight I am speaking of was Dominick Cruz Vs. Cody Garbrandt.
Cody Garbrandt was one of the most interesting up and comers in the division. He had some serious knockout power and potential.
And as for Dominick Cruz?
He had been ranked as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport for as long as I had been watching it.
In fact, no one in Cruz’s weight class had managed to beat him in over 10 years!
The lights in the stadium dimmed, the champ came out to his favorite music with his game face on, and shortly after the fight was under way.
It could be considered nothing less than a war, faces were smashed and taunts were passed for an entire five rounds, until the bell rang and decisions were left in the hands of the judges.
So who won you might be asking?
If the champ had won, I probably wouldn’t have a lesson to write about, but he didn’t.
Instead Cody Garbrandt became the new champion of the world, and as a gentlemen should, Cruz gave him a smile and shook his hand.
As for the lesson…
I was so entertained by the fight, when I got home I decided to watch the UFC post fight press conference.
When it was Dominick Cruz’s turn to be interviewed I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Out of him came some of the most inspirational words I have ever heard.
I insist you watch at least the first 2 minutes of the below video.
How To Lose Better:
“What was tough about it? Loss is part of life if you don’t have loss you don’t grow”
Dominick Cruz knows how to lose, despite the fact it has been over 10 years.
Do you take your loss like a champ, or do you sit and sulk? You can take your losses like Cruz did or you can take your loss like Ronda Rousey.
Not to bash Rousey, she is just the perfect example of how two people on the same playing field can take things so differently.
Rousey had no idea how to lose, the first time she was faced with defeat she let it ruin her.
Whether it is losing in a sports game, or even feeling like a loser for not accomplishing something you had set out to do.
If all you ever do is win, how do you expect to feel the need to improve?
You don’t have to lose in a cage, or on a sports field. In fact some of you probably feel like you are losing at life, or life is kicking your ass right now.
You can either let it, or stand up tall and learn from it.
Tailor your lifestyle and grow. Grow so big that next time this opponent rears its ugly head it will cower in fear because it is no longer on the same playing field as you.
People who live a privileged life will never experience the desire for growth like you and I who have been through so much.
Learn how to lose better, and use it to your advantage.
Stop kicking yourself in the ass, and start using your unfortunate situation to create something to revel over.
“This Was Just Another Fight I Had To Challenge Myself”
Even professional athletes have to work day in and day out to challenge themselves. The only difference between you and them is the fact that they are playing a different game.
Dominick Cruz may have lost, but it was definitely not for a lack of trying. And you know what…when he did lose he didn’t simply throw in the towel.
Every morning I wake up feeling challenged by fatigue, anxiety, or even depression. The funny thing about those three things is, as hard as they try, they physically can’t stop me from putting in the work.
Every day I look in my rear view and they are a little bit farther behind me.
The work isn’t necessarily fun, and I’m not telling you it will be…but when your troubles are behind you and you learn how to lose, life is beautiful again.
Dominick Cruz will likely have to wait another 6 months or more for a shot at that belt.
That won’t stop him from training today.
You don’t have to wait 6 months, you have a shot at happiness everyday.
Are you ready to take it?