You shouldn’t have done

You couldn’t have done

You wouldn’t have done

The things you did then…

As sung pitch-perfectly by this woman, the late, great Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this song since England’s defeat in the Euros final. Imagining how it must feel for those players under the spotlight somehow puts things in perspective.

My blog often raises issues around disappointment. Fear of failure, recovering from failure, overcoming disappointment – often these prove to be the root cause of a person holding back from, or succeeding in, the pursuit of their desired ambitions and work-life balance.

The example Gareth Southgate sets from his resilience to overcome disappointment and failure to achieve what he has done is remarkable and inspiring. Regardless of whether or not you follow or care about football.

Let’s hope the same will be said in time for those footballers who faced bitter defeat this tournament.

As Dolores would sing…

But it won’t get any harder

And I hope you’ll find your way again

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