How do you define a win?
When starting any project we mentally go through thinking about where we are now, what the goal is, how to get there and what the affirmation that we’ve hit the goal looks like.
We often think about a ‘win’ as getting the award, credit, money, respect for a job well done, a goal completed or the competitive defeat of another. These affirmations are often what drive us to work hard or at the very least give us a point to focus on during the most grueling parts of a project.
Not all situations afford us these affirmations. Our efforts don't always get us to our imagined goal. It takes a flexible mind to know when to change the orientation of focus or the definition of the ‘win’ to not feel the extreme of defeat.
It takes wisdom, especially for someone with extreme passion or competitiveness, to know when to employ this way of thinking to digest the non-perfect outcome of an effort.