“Play for the love of winning, not for the fear of losing.”

Published by Paul Hatcher on

“Play for the love of winning, not for the fear of losing,” was how the Mexico football team’s coach, Juan Carlos Osorio summed up his team’s performance after beating Germany in the World Cup this week.

As soon as I heard that, I wrote it down – knowing instantly that there was a lot to be said about that quote alone.

If you substitute ‘play’ for ‘live’ then I think there is something to seriously consider.

The Mexico team went into their match with Germany with a very specific plan that they believed could be enough to win. without getting into footballing technicalities, the emphasis was on speed and attack, not on concentrated defence.

I have written in the past about how Safe is Risky especially when a tennis player for example, is facing an opponent who is much higher up the world rankings and overall, is of course, a better player. The only way to win for the lower ranked player or team in the case of Mexico, is to play to their strengths, go for their shots, be as fast as they can, and maybe, just maybe, they might surprise the other player/team so much and go on to win the match.

Many people have faced mountains in their lives and continue to face them daily. They get up, keep going and finally overcome.

It is a mental as much as a physical thing of course. More so in fact. It is widely acknowledged in the sporting world (especially in individual sports) that the player with the strongest mental condition will almost invariably win out. It is only this that causes one to triumph in spite of the enormous mental pressure being thrown at you.

As it is in life.

So, whatever you are facing today, tomorrow, next month or next year, “Live for the love of winning not the fear of losing.”


Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.