Choice. We have choice. After a competition, an athlete can respond in a multitude of ways. If they perform well, they can be happy and satisfied and not see any need to change what they are doing. If they perform poorly, they can become self-consumed and focus on the result or goal not met and allow the performance to negatively impact their future practices and competitions. Then there are those who see competition as one more step in a long staircase upward toward their goals. A successful step gets us closer to our goal but that doesn't make the rest of the steps any easier or already achieved. What did we learn from that successful step and how can we use that to make the next step even better? And sometimes we slip or stumble on the step. Was that a small moment in time and do we get up and take another step forward and upward or do we go limp and let gravity take control and we slide all the way to the bottom of the staircase? Getting better requires responding appropriately to both successes and failures. We can and should learn from both.