In his book, "The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" John Maxwell talks about failing how it is important to the process of success. After all, there needs to be mistakes along the way in order for us to discover what we need to do and become to be successful.
As Maxwell states, "Everything looks like a failure in the middle."
To prove his point, he quotes a passage by Price Pritchett:
"You can't bake a cake without getting the kitchen messy. Halfway through surgery it looks like there's been a murder in the operating room. If you send a rocket to the moon, about ninety percent of the time it's off course -- it 'fails' its way to the moon by continually making mistakes and correcting them."
A basketball season is much the same way. For teams that struggle early but find their way to the NCAA tournament or win their conference tournament -- there's a reason. The high school team that is .500 much of the year only to go on a long run and advance deep into their state tournament -- there's a story. Those our teams who didn't let failure and losses be failure and losses. They utilized them to learn more about themselves and what they needed to do to improve.
If you are coaching or playing on a team that is not playing to their potential, it is not time to pout or complain or make excuses. It's time to take a look at how to improve and advance.