I first noticed this at one of my son’s football games a few years ago. His team had been on a losing streak for several weeks, and it made a difference in the way they played the game. And with each new play that went astray, their approach to the next one was affected.
In the same way, there is a “Culture of Losing” that develops over time in some organizations and churches.
Here’s how it plays out: After experiencing a series of “losses” the team begins to expect to lose. And before long, without even realizing it, they may actually begin planning to lose. Then the team knows nothing of winning, only of losing, and a “Culture of Losing” is the result. “Losing” becomes the norm. It’s what they know.
But one good win can change everything. It can turn a game around, put wind in your sails, provide hope, and plant the seed of a “culture of winning.”
I watched it happen in my son’s football game after a great play. I felt it on the 18th hole of a round of golf when, after 17 holes of lame attempts, I hit the ball straight down the fairway. I noticed it in the attitudes of team members after a successful event that followed ones that were not so successful.
Good leaders recognize the frequency of “losses” and learn to ask themselves the following question: Without manipulation or ‘head games’ with my team, what small wins can I create that in turn will create momentum enough to banish the “Culture of Losing” and create a new “Culture of Winning?”
Never underestimate the power and momentum of a good win – no matter how small.