Forget the Scoreboard
The odds aren't in your favor.
When I played football at Baylor, it was easy to feel demoralized. We would be losing a game and people would be turning their backs on us. My coach used to do something I really liked.
He'd say, "Throw a blanket over the scoreboard." We'd be feeling horrible about the game, but he'd tell us, "The scoreboard doesn't matter until the end of the game."
In life, a lot of us waste time staring at the scoreboard. We overanalyze the odds, and end up feeling so anxious we just want the game to end. It's true that loss is real—everyone loses in certain areas of life. Loss is inevitable, and a sad fact about life is that we don't have the capability to win a hundred percent of the time.
That being said, staring at the scoreboard isn't going to increase your chances of winning. Don't focus on the odds! When it seems like you're not progressing at all, and all the odds are against you, keep playing the game with all your heart. The game isn't lost until it's over, so finish strong.
Whatever you're doing, you owe your best self to. Whether it's a chapter of your career, a failing relationship, or the sport you're playing, remember that you chose to play the game. You owe the version of yourself that chose a hundred percent of your effort! The game isn't lost until it's over, and if you're reading this right now, I can say with certainty that you're not a failure. If you're reading this right now, you've still got time left to win.
As long as you're breathing, there's another opportunity getting ready to present itself to you.
It doesn't matter what the scoreboard says—it doesn't even matter how many times you've lost in the past! It doesn't matter how many times you've 'failed'—all that matters is that you get up off the ground and believe in yourself.
When the odds are in your face, stand up straight and say, "Bring it on." Get up off the floor and remember that God made you for a reason. The last thing anyone can count out is your greatness, so if you're still breathing, keep pushing forward!
Keep fighting, even when loss seems inevitable. If you're going to lose, lose with style. If you're going to lose, lose knowing you did your best. If you're going to lose, try so hard that your effort wasn't the reason you lost.
Stop focusing on social media. Stop focusing on your timeline, and stop focusing on what other people think about you. Focus on your work, and focus on trying. Focus on working so hard that your work ethic commands respect.
It all starts with you.