“You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.”
— Bobby Knight
In some ways, you are your easiest opponent. I mean, after all, you merely have to be better today than you were yesterday. Nobody said you have to be a lot better. You just need to be better. In this case, winning by one point is as good as winning by 100 points.
In other ways, you are your most challenging opponent. This isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. A small victory today is great, but you still need to go out and compete again tomorrow. You don’t get a break from life just because you had a good day.
Yesterday prepared you for today. If you won yesterday, then you’re even stronger today. If you failed yesterday, then get your mind pumped up for today because you already proved that you can do this. Either way, decide that today is a day you’re going to win and go make it happen.