Well the AFC and NFC championship football games are now over, the Superbowl is in two weeks. The teams I wanted to win didn't but they both play very good games and have nothing to be ashamed about.
While I'm disappointed, I realized that if these players give up they'll never get anywhere. The same goes for writers. We can't give up on our first rejection or bad contest scores.
Perseverance is what is going to keep us in the game.
While we may not succeed today, we have to continue to write, the more we write the better we get. In sports, they practice, have workouts, and watch films. In writing, we write, read craft books, do on-line workshops, read other writers and write more.
Don't every give up, you will get there no matter how long it takes you.