Learning To Lose
May 20th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
When it comes to a challenge of any sort, many people believe the end goal is to win a title, earn a trophy, and feel victorious with a first-place status. That being said, victory can be found outside of the championship circle. Here are 4 ways that losing can help you become a stronger dancer and more determined competitor.
Put Your Passion To The Test
When dancing competitively, those watching the performance are able to see which dancers are there to win and which dancers are there to do what they love. It becomes obvious to the audience if a person is simply looking for a trophy as their performance lacks vigor and stays restricted to typical norms that would lead to receiving an award. Those who are dancing simply because it fuels their wants and needs are able to perform in a less rigid and structured manner that allows for audiences to see their passion shine through. While having perfected technique may win a dancer a trophy, it does not mean that they are a more passionate or a better dancer than the other competitors. Regardless of placement, love for the art should come first. With enough practice and passion behind a performance, a win can be achieved without receiving an award.
While winning may feel great, disappointment can serve as a great lesson that holds more value than any trophy or award available. Disappointment allows for dancers to recognize that not every task will end in victory. This teaches athletes and artists that they cannot always be on top and only practice and resilience will allow for them to improve and succeed down the line. There is more value in losing as an individual can see that they have yet to reach a peak and must continue to work hard in order to achieve an award. That being said, an award does not equal fulfillment. Failure can be just as fulfilling as winning as It showcases that there is always room for growth and further success down the line. The more failure one faces, the more likely they are able to recognize that an unsuccessful outcome does not define their experience or skillset but rather inspires them to improve and become stronger.
Appreciate The Success Of Others
Losing lets dancers find someone else to look up to. Even if their performance was more fulfilling for them, seeing someone else take the first-place spot will let dancers see a future role model while learning what to do or what not to do. This also gives dancers an opportunity to appreciate someone else’s success instead of focusing on what they might view as a failure. With inspiration and determination driving them, dancers are able to share success with their competitors while becoming more prepared for their next performance.
Desire To Train
Lastly, losing leaves dancers with more determination than ever before. Knowing that they have yet to reach the height of their success allows for dancers to train rigorously and eagerly in an attempt to improve their skills. This also aids in their training as dancers are more focused as they attempt to redeem themselves from the failure they faced in previous competitions. After recently facing failure, dancers are more likely to face and acknowledge their fears as they become aware that they can only go up from where they currently are. With passion and drive on their mind, dancers have no limits to how much they can succeed.
Casey Eggers is a writer for StarQuest. She loves coffee, music, and running long distance.