With every success you release new energy. Not only for yourself but your immediate environment. That is why it is so important to push the envelope, take the next step with courage.
This is what happens when courage fails. You have a winning position. You are playing with someone 300Elo points higher than you. You don't have self belief. You take a draw.
We have seen many who have taken down players with 300Elo points higher. They won and then the entire team is energised.
In 2011, we beat Singapore for the first time in 10 years. We came back and we fought for written selection. We had energy released from that one victory.
The ones that have no self belief will say it was nothing. They will find all sorts of excuses to deny the energy released from the coming of written selection. They are scared to move forward, in case they too are required to bring in results. So they must put it down.
But we need to push forward or things will grind to a halt. For this year selecting a new leadership will bring us fresh energy again. Tournaments are not enough. Tournaments that keep MCF broke and not doing the work that they should be doing will not take us forward. Lets make a brave move forward this year.
Lets us show our kids what chess is really about. How to win within the rules, what a winning mindset means. Lets do it by example.
Simply put. You cannot win by quitting.