When you're consistently competing against strong competition, you will occasionally lose. It's a fact of life. I'm a big Conor McGregor fan. I know what people don't like about him and I get it. He's like Kobe in that way - you either love him or hate him.
Regardless of what you think of him, Conor was in the ring on Saturday night. He spent the last few months training, and he stepped into the Octagon with the intent to win the fight. He didn't perform as well as he needed to, and he lost. That's it and that's all. But he was in the ring.
While everyone criticizes him and talks about how he got what he deserved, he did what 99% of those people will never do in their lives - step into the arena. It has nothing to do with fighting or sports at all. Most people go through their lives in the shadows, just existing day to day. Yet, these same people feel the need to criticize and condemn men and women who put their asses on the line under the bright lights. I don't get it. It always makes me think of Teddy Roosevelt's classic quote:
They want to leave their job, but they aren't willing to work their way out of it. They want to follow their passion, but the rationalize reasons why they can't. They want to take their business to the next level, but they don't change. They want to get a promotion, but they don't do anything to add value to their company. As DJ Khaled would probably say - DON'T BE THEY.
Here's how to respond to a loss. Own it, don't lose confidence in yourself, and keep looking forward:
I love this response. This is what it's all about. Just keep moving forward. Who is anyone to tell you what you can and can't do? You lost? So what! At least you were in the game. Get better and come back again.
We only have one shot at this thing, whatever you want to do, just go try and do it. Start small, but try. Don't hide who you are and whatever you do, never ever become one of "those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." That would be worse than any loss.