How does won learn to win? Some people say your born with it and your either a winner or a loser. Some teams just have and some don't. I have a different take on the situation. A winner is not born they are taught. They are taught the necessary discipline it takes to go to the nth degree to win. They are taught how to overcome adversity. They are taught how to be a good teammate and pick up your own players if they are down. Most improtantly they are taught that you win together.
This is what I see going on with many young teams in sports today.
Example#1: Chicago Blackhawks - Last year their number one line had a coupl of kids on it. Jonathon Toews and Patrick Kane, and also they were very young across the board. Their season started off miserably and then they started learning they had to play the game for the full three periods. They also learned if they the goalie gave up a bad goal they needed to pick up their teammate by scoring to wipe that goal out. You could also look at the Pitsburgh penguins a team that 2 years ago bowed out of the first round of the playoffs and then last year went to the Stanley Cup Final.
Example#2: Notre Dame - Here's a team that had a horrid season last year. They set all sorts of record of futility. They gave up 58 qb sacks a record and their qb was hit over 100 times. Everyone including myself expected them to come out and destroy a feeble opponent in SDSU and what happened, they eked a win out. That teams confidence and their youth caused them to take an approach of waiting for something good/bad to happen, and then for whatever reason in the fourth q. they decided it was time to make something happen themselves.
We see this in most sports how it takes young teams time to learn how to win, sometimes it's bringing a veteran to help them learn it, sometimes it's a coach taking it upon himself to teach it, and sometimes a team just comes together and teaches it to each other. For whatever reason every team that goes through a rebuilding time needs to learn this skill. It seems as though the only exception to this learning curve has been teh Florida Marlins who took a very very young team to the world series. But again they did have that vet are their team that knew a little about winning.
In summary if your team is going through one of these phases and is struggling to find it's game be a little patient, I don't think winning is too far off.