I haven't made a decent topic regarding the mentality scope of football in a while, so when I had this inspiration late last night, I thought I'd better pen down the phrase and get to work in the morning.
The title of the topic, something stressed to me by one of my best coaches ever in my youth, who was responsible for renewing my vigor and dedication to my training in football, still holds very true in society today. Not just in sport, but especially so when it comes to football. Think about it this way: A basketball player catches the ball off an in-bounds with some ten minutes still to go, and his team sporting a comfortable lead. Whether out of cockiness or pure lack of judgment and stupidity, he closes his eyes, and flings it full court with one hand... And makes the basket. We are left to consider as a witness to this event... Was that shot a 'bad shot?'
The answer... Of course it was! We do not go by results.
If he hadn't made the shot, he would've been booed and torn apart by his coach. Just because he made the shot, doesn't mean he took into account his incredibly slim odds of making the shot, of the strategy of holding the ball and running down the clock when his team is already in a great position to win or the needs and expectations of his teammates and coaches. Therefore, his decision was a stupid one, and his shot, a bad one. He, therefore, should still be made an example of by the coaching staff and be let known that it was by luck, not judgment or skill, that he made the basket, and that next time, he might better be served to consider for a second the best option in that situation, and to take it.
This idea continues to be applied in a football sense. As an example of something we have all no doubt dealt with in the past: You've played an awesome game. Spreading the width of the pitch, finding your teammates, every touch is perfect and the play is being controlled by your side... Yet the ball takes some silly bounce and ends up in your net, resulting in a heart-wrenching 1-0 loss. You undoubtedly feel gutted by this, and begin to have doubts. You ask yourself subtly in your mind, and perhaps out loud "Did we play a bad game?"
Of course not! We do not go by results.
Win or lose, if you've played your heart out to 110% of your physical capabilities, you've been a team player and played with the interest of the squad at heart, not your own personal glory agenda, and you've made nothing but quality touches on the ball, how could that not be considered a great game? The goal against the run of play was the outlier. While it may hurt, and some may say the result is all that matters in football, you have laid a quality foundation for the future, indeed, a promising one that, if kept up, can only result in improvement. This is undoubtedly a much better scenario than a completely disorganized team who wins a handful of games on luck, and then is faced with a must-win game in which their luck has expired, and they must rely on their skill and team mechanics to win.
Imagine now, if you will, someone whose only concern is the end result. The win, the finished product, what have you. I am not one to question whether or not they will achieve the end result they seek. No, surely if their dedication is such that their only focus in life is a result, then they will probably achieve it. But life has taught us that there are an infinite number of paths filled with an infinite number of intricacies and minor decisions that one may take to achieve a final result. And if one is so heavily focused on the finish line, will they not miss the experiences along the way? Would they be able to recount even a fraction of the path they took, so others might gain knowledge from their triumphs and mistakes? Not likely. What of their emotional state? Surely they must be overjoyed at having achieved the goal they had sought. But where to from here? Must they not continually set bigger and better goals for themselves, or risk growing mired in the contentment and admiration of that one victory?
However, the person who treats life as a journey will have it made. They will take life one step at a time, meeting challenges and understanding more than anyone what these challenges require of them, and how to improve as an individual. Of course, when they achieve their goal, they will continue to set new, bigger and better goals for themselves. But for them, the result does not produce even one tenth the emotion and hardship of the journey. They've learned and grown along the way, and the next chapter in their story may well have written itself for them, a testament to the positivity they have acquired and the belief they now have in the endless abilities within their own bodies and minds. We do not go by results.
The next time you are bothered by a result that simply hasn't turned out how you'd like, I hope you would remember at least, the recurring mantra in my post, and know that results, in my opinion, are inconsequential. As long as you give it your all at every turn, you have nothing to worry about it. In the end, you will have achieved what you wanted, no matter how many results you've had to see through. We do not go by results.
~A Roman Production~