Defeat. By Matt Muscarello
It is a feeling we all experience at some point in our lives. However, if you compete in any sport you know how crucial loses and mistakes can be to your success. While it is easy to “Monday Morning Quarterback” your defeats, it is important to recognize the flaws that have been exposed. Learning the hard way isn’t always fun, but it is ALWAYS rewarding if you can apply those lessons learned going forward.
My last event went terribly. This past weekend I fished against 19 other Anglers on Yellowstone Lake in Blanchardville, WI. I’ve fished there a dozen times. “I know how they bite here. It’s not nearly as windy as last time!” I told myself. I went into this event with preconceived notions on how I was going to catch them based on prior experiences. Long story short, I failed to recognize when to slow down and go back to the basics. I let my emotions get the best of me instead of figuring out a solution. You can have the best gear, pedal kayak, whatever- but if your mind isn’t right you are handicapping yourself. Remain calm, stay focused, execute and be a good sport. Maybe you can squeeze some fun in there and try not to take things too seriously. It’s just a game.