How to Deal With Bad Luck

There's many times where athletes get very unlucky in games. For example, a tennis player's shot could land out by a millimeter, a football team could lose because of an unlucky tipped interception, a soccer team could lose because a referee made a terrible call, and a basketball player could accidentally land on a teammate's foot and injure himself. All of these unfortunate events can cause a lot of mental anguish. Knowing you missed out on something so large due to something so small and random is a terrible feeling. Athletes often ruminate over these unlucky events. Because of this, some athletes never mentally recover. One unlucky event can totally mess with an athlete's mindset and lead to more failure.

So how do you overcome this and rebound after unlucky events? One of the best ways to cope with bad luck is to have acceptance and know that luck usually balances out over time. Many people focus so much on bad luck, but they hardly acknowledge good luck. They'd rather not admit when they get lucky and instead they attribute all their success to their hard work. While this can make you feel prouder of yourself, it also makes you vulnerable to being mentally crushed when you receive bad luck. This is because the best way to recover from unlucky events is to be grateful for all the times you were lucky in the past. If you're not grateful for the times when you got lucky, it'll be harder for you to cope with bad luck. If you think you only receive bad luck, then you're likely to feel bad for yourself. You have to understand that you're not always going to get lucky. You're most likely going to get your fair share of good luck and bad luck over time. That's just part of the nature of sports. Don't act like you're the only one who receives bad luck. It happens for everyone. Yes, you may receive a long streak of bad luck, but be patient and know that if you keep your head up and keep working hard, you're bound to receive good luck again.

And even if it seems like you never get a lucky break, you simply have to accept it because you have no control over it. You can't completely control luck, so don't worry so much about it. Instead, worry only about what you can control, which is your preparation and execution in games. In most cases, if you do the best that you can, you can take luck out of the equation. Yes, unlucky events will still happen to you, but they won't affect the outcome of games 95% of the time if you give your best effort. If you don't want to be crushed by bad luck again, then put yourself in better situations where luck doesn't matter as much.

Understanding that luck balances out and focusing only on what you can control are the best ways to mentally recover from bad luck. With these attitudes, you'll be able to stay positive and focused after getting unlucky.