Was reading this on Tennis.com ( http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2009/11/tk-5.html ): For you risk a lot more when you hitch your wagon to the idea of winning instead of the fear of losing, in roughly the same way that it's a lot easier to avoid doing bad than it is to actively do good. The desire to win is driven by hope and optimism; the hatred of losing draws to a greater degree on fear, a constant looking over your shoulder. The guy who hates losing stands in danger of becoming a hoarder, a miser. The guy who loves winning stands a chance to become rich and make others wonder how come he's so "lucky." It got me thinking. When you go out to play - do you do so in the optimistic hope that you will win or the fear that you might lose? Don't get me wrong - hating lose is a GREAT motivator - I think some of the best really hate to lose - Jordan - the article references Sampras and Tiger. I guess I know I'm going to lose sometime - I probably win about 50% - so I'd prefer to play because I love to win rather than hating to lose. Hating to lose could put you in a funk with one single match.