We're all going to lose ... and often. Defeat isn't the issue, being able to ask yourself, "Now what" is what will make or break us. Getting used to, and accepting the loss is the killer of all competitors. Once we give-in to the defeat, part of our soul dies.
Perseverance, resiliency, and a commitment to never quit after a loss is what separates the 1% from the 99% - the elite from the average. Give 100% effort on and off the athletic field, and never EVER accept defeat. Never allow it to dictate who you are and what you believe about yourself.
Did you fight to your maximum ability? Did you sweat and bleed every last bit of energy out of your system? Will you come back next time even hungrier? If your answer is yes to those questions, you can't lose!