Do You Have A Closer’s Mindset?

In many sports, success is defined and measured by the wins and losses of a team or individual. Wins and losses are can make the difference for a coach who keeps their job or leverages the data for another position. Wins and losses can also factor into future monetary earnings.


Yes. While working in education is far from competitive on a day-to-day basis you are a reflective teacher who is constantly thinking about improving at the art of teaching. You have undoubtedly taught many wonderful lessons where your students were engaged and the lesson was executed like clockwork. You have also probably taught lessons that simply bombed.

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing because we’ve all experienced successes and failures. When we’re successful we want to replicate the results and experience and when we fail we want to learn and grow to get a different and better result the next time we make an attempt.

As a reflective educator, you should be keeping track of your ‘eduwins’ and acknowledge your ‘edulosses.’ To be completely honest, I am not a fan of the term ‘eduloss’ but they do exist and we’ve all got a few on our record. While no teacher is undefeated. No teacher should ever feel they’ve been defeated.

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Have a Closer’s Mindset

Mariano Rivera is, without a doubt (or at least very little argument), the greatest closer in the history of Major League Baseball. Rivera’s only job was to enter a game, usually in the ninth inning, get the final three outs and his team wins the game and he gets a save. Throughout his career, he did this more often than not. But to go along with his record 652 career saves he had 80 blown saves over his career. Even the best fail at times.

The closer’s mindset is simple. Don’t dwell on or beat yourself up mentally when you’re not successful. You will get another opportunity to be successful (probably the next day). Unlike a closer, you can go out there five straight days at 100% before you’re given two days to recover.


  • Reflect, Don’t Dwell. The reflective teacher is the effective teacher. Write down positives and negatives about each day or lesson. Answer questions like, “Was my objective clear?” “Did I relate content to the students?” “What did students enjoy about this lesson?” BONUS TIP: Do this when a lesson goes well too!
  • Check Failure At The Door. Make your best effort not to bring any failure home with you. You’re not going to fix anything while you’re at home. If a lesson doesn’t go well, don’t dump it on your loved ones. It may be appropriate to carve out some time for reflection at home if you maintain a journal.
  • Be Intentional About Tomorrow. Planning for tomorrow is one of the best things you can do in every area of your life. Writing down what you want to accomplish play a large role in actually accomplishing new goals or making changes.

Thanks for reading and sharing!