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A tie is a tie…

Reading an interview with Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, I’m reminded of a very important (and obvious) and difficult to practice, lesson.

State of mind is so important.

Noel uses the example of a tie game in football…

“Let’s say you’re behind with two minutes to go and you come back to tie the game. It almost feels like you’ve won. Right? But let’s say you’ve been ahead the whole game and you allow the opponent to tie things up in the final two minutes. Then it feels like you’ve lost. But the fact of the matter is it’s still a fucking tie. The only difference is perception.”

- Noel Gallagher, Oasis

In practice, this means knowing the difference between the past and the future. In the past, you may have been leading the game, or losing the game. Now, all that matters is that the score is tied. The only thing you can change is what happens in the future.

Whether you win or lose is very much up to you.