A Healthy Philosophy of Winning
Winning isn't everything, nor is it the only thing. How many lessons are missed when we teach a young athlete the only objective is beating their opponent? As a form of competition, sports is designed to produce a winner and a loser. Based on that, winning should be a part of the objective, but teaching life lessons through sports and developing long-lasting relationships with your athletes should be more heavily considered.
Failure and losing are not the same things. Athletes should not see a loss as failure nor should they see winning as a success. They should be taught that losing is not a reflection of their self-worth. There are many very valuable lessons that can come from losing in competition such as resilience, perseverance, determination, and improvement, among otheres.
Winning should be a goal, not the goal.