When we all saw the tears fall down Andy Murray’s cheeks after coming runner up at Wimbledon 2012, I expect many a lip quivered in sympathy. Such an amazing amount of effort, a complete desire to win, an absolute hunger to become the first British Men’s Winner at Wimbledon for over 70 years… and to be beaten by a man who really was more experienced, infinitely better, and 7th time champion to boot.
Losing is never nice. It is soul destroying. It wipes away all the energy you had in the exertions to win. It leaves an empty space in which the opponent wallows in their glory. But above all it should not be seen as the end of the world.
Andy will try again next year. Of course he will, he’s been trying to win Wimbledon since he was 18, when he went out in the 3rd round in 2005. Every year since then he has inched further towards his goal, perfecting his strokes, strengthening his body, training his mind to win. Wimbledon is a very tough tennis championship, the best in the world, and the stakes are very high.
Getting to the top is hard, but worth-while. It’s good to set your goals high. It reveals a level for you to work towards, a focus for your passion, an ideal to emulate. Without this the very existence you or your business will have no purpose and nothing to strive for. Looking upwards to your goal steels your determination, sets the pace and provides a pinnacle to reach. And if you are lucky enough to get there, create another! This journey should always be a continuous one.