The first week of the college football season is in the books. Teams had spent months preparing for the excitement of game 1. The preparation and anticipation has been met with either exhilaration or disappointment.
Rudyard Kipling said it best in his Poem "IF" when he states:
"If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same"
"If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss, and lose, and start again at your beginnings and never breath a word about your loss."
Whether you won in week one or lost, week two comes quicker than game one did and you have to go back to work and prepare with as much enthusiasm as was generated over the months leading up to week 1. Whether you just had an intoxicating win or a hear breaking loss enthusiasm and a positive outlook is essential to even have a chance in week 2.
The most important, and really only goal, a team should have, is to "win the next one" If all energy is put into winning the next one the results of the last one don't matter. It is a long season and as Kenny Rogers sang "they'll be time for counting when the dealing is done".
Play the whole season and then look at the final picture, not the little triumphs or disasters along the way.
Whether a fan, coach, parent or player, concentrate on the next one and enjoy the ride.