Learn from your loss, but also your VICTORY!
Is it really necessary that I have a loss in double-elimination before it really hits me where I am? It shouldn't, and the results of yesterday certainly drive it home. I wanted to scout out who my upcoming competition would be, so I checked the brackets for the tournament. Since I was there, I also wanted to check how many more rounds there would be (I like to mentally manage myself for the time I'll have to endure any type of stress). At the time, I found that if I kept winning, I would only have 2 matches left to play. When I looked over at the loser's bracket, I found it much more crowded, and I'd have to win 3 more matches just to get back in the game (meaning the finals, but "back in the game" was in my mind).
Consider this. If I won the following match, I'd only have 1 more (the finals) and I'd be in the clear for victory. If I lost, I'd have to win 3 more to get into the final, and on top of that I'd have to win 2 sets (with the top of the winner's bracket having not yet been eliminated), making for 5 total match I'd have to win if I just lost that upcoming match. Which would I rather have: a struggle of 5 more matches or 1 cushy match (I'd still fight on again if I lost) with lots of time to relax while the others fought it out? It's not a difficult decision.