See, here’s the problem with only talking about winning or losing (or profits). Where do you go when you can’t win no matter what you do?
The Buffalo Bills are 0-4 so far this year. It’s clear that they are not winning. It’s also known that the only important thing in the NFL is winning.
So, where does the team go?
Seriously. When a team is not winning despite everything that they try to do, where do you go?
This is danger in only focusing on winning and losing (or profit and loss). When you don’t win, despite doing everything that you know how to do how to do prevent becoming paralyzed by frustration?
The secret, the way out in this situation, is instead to talk about.
Everyone can get better than they were before. Every team can eliminate mistakes.
By focusing on continuous improvement you keep everyone engaged because there are clear, definable, things that each person can improve upon. There are specific things that you can do. These individual improvements compound each other into drastically improved team improvements.
The team may or may not improve enough to win a game, but they can improve.
You can’t control whether you win or lose. What you do control is your actions and with enough hard work and perseverance and time that translates into winning.