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If you’re thinking about how much you don’t want to lose, the thought of losing is prominent. Last year, Geno Auriemma’s team went undefeated until they lost in the final four to Notre Dame.This year, for the first time since 2012-13, UConn went into the tournament with multiple regular season losses. There’s a reason why big upsets and 20 or 30 point comebacks are possible; it’s because at some point, instead of playing to win, a team got comfortable or scared and decided to play not to lose.The psychological difference between playing to win and playing not to lose may seem trivial, but it’s the mind shift that separates the winners from the losers.Practice is important, but the ability to win games is what you are judged on. The industry doesn’t matter; the size of the company isn’t a factor; whether the organization sells services or products doesn’t count. It was a distinction I had never heard before, but I was immediately intrigued by the nuance between approaching personal and professional initiatives with a strategy to win versus a strategy to maintain status quo and simply focus on ‘not losing.’Like all of you, I went to the Internet and did a search on ‘winning versus not losing’ and was faced with 409,000,000 results. When you play to win, you make the call that you fear. You don’t act because you are fearful that anything you do will put your deal at risk. You aggressively try to put points on the board. Instead of thinking, “I hope I The simple science is whatever thought is prominent in your mind is most likely to occur. It is used in a collaborative play style rather than a competitive play style, and is a clear anti-gameism statement from Dramatists as outlined in the article The three way model from As Larp Grows Up. We can be afraid that we don’t have what it takes to do what is necessary. Playing to win is a matter of perspective; It’s choosing to dream big instead of preparing for the worstThere’s a certain hunger that winning teams are characterized by. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” The outcome of these two fears is the same – half-heartedness. Half-heartedness is also known as playing not to lose.”Over the centuries we have learned that failing should not be something to avoid at all costs. It makes losing more powerful than winning in your mind. Instead of doing what you know you need to do, you wait to react. While you might have practiced more hours, and prepared more meticulously, if you don’t play to win, practice won’t yield the results you want. If you’re thinking about how much you want to win, winning is the prominent thought. You’re not reckless, but you’re certainly not passive. You deal with the tricky issues that may put your outcomes at risk if things go south on you.”However, he continues to remind his readers, “If you are playing to ‘not lose,’ you’re cautious. Probably overly-cautious. What if you make a mistake? On April 16, 2016, in his article, ‘Playing to Win or Playing Not to Lose,’ author and sales expert Anthony Iannarino gives this advice: “If you are playing to win, you do whatever is necessary to move things forward. They are vigilant and play to not lose, to hang on to what they have, to maintain the status quo.”But what if you are a leader who wants to build a dynamic, impressive, prominent company – what are the characteristics you will need to get the job done? This year’s team, as Geno put it, “Wasn’t burdened by afraid to lose and was playing to win.” In previous seasons, “Those teams were more afraid to lose a national championship than wanting to win a national championship.” Although UConn lost again in the final four, they were able to take down the #1 seeded Louisville in the tournament because they played to win.Competitive fire can only be ignited when you’re consumed by the desire to win.