I’m a player of League of Legends. It’s an online game where a group of five players try to beat the other team.
Currently, I don’t have a clan so I get to play with random players selected by the game’s matchmaking system.
But I’m not going to talk about that’s game mechanics or my opinions about it. I’m here to talk about winning and losing streaks.
We can explain how winning and losing streaks happen in various ways:
- Psychological advantage/disadvantage
They say nothing succeeds like success, which essentially means that winners have a psychological edge over others who have less or no experience on winning.
A player’s psychology is important because our thoughts determines our actions, and our actions lead to the results we get. Results that can be positive or not.
We can take advantage of this principle by winning at small tings first before we tackle more difficult challenges. In that way we can build our winning psyche.
- Actual material or resource advantage/disadvantage
There’s this concept known as snowballing where advantages are built on top of another. Think of a snowball that gets bigger as it rolls on the ground.
That’s the reason why it’s easier for entrepreneurs that have money to make more money. Money can be used to buy resources that’s necessary in starting and keeping a business going.
Knowing this, we have to keep in mind that small things matter because they eventually lead to big results.
- Crowd/peer support or putdowns
This is somewhat related to no. 1, but the former is all about how we view our self. What I’m going to talk about here is how other people view us.
Psychology has a concept known as the Pygmalion effect. Basically it states that expectations of other people affect how one person performs.
Just think who is more likely to win, a team that is cheered upon by the crowd or a team that receives only ‘boos.’
So, if we want to increase our chances of winning better find a supportive crowd, or if you have no choice but to deal with an unsupportive one — just ignore them.
- Winners feel better physically, which leads to better performance
Can you remember a time when you won? How did you feel? Aren’t you full of energy and vigor?
Losers on the other hand feel weaker, even though they haven’t really exerted themselves.
Of course, we can condition ourselves physically that we can continue to go on even after disappointments and setbacks, but let’s face it, we’re doing it to win. That feeling of winning is so pleasurable, the reason why we endure hardships.
- The other person/team is simply better
In competition we like to think that we’re the best and we can defeat anyone who competes with us, but the reality is that there are people who are more experienced and skillful than us. The reason they are more likely to win.
In those circumstances, let’s put on a good fight, try to learn as much as possible, and who knows we might actually win. Ever heard of upsets in sports?
And, yes, we must become better. So next time we’ll be the one with the definite advantage.
The possible explanations above are my own. There might be a lot more to winning and losing streaks than we currently know.
Sometimes, there simply seems to be a kind of cycle or rhythm on things. It’s like an invisible force, a force that once we know, we can control it to our advantage.
But until then, let’s keep on playing. 🙂