Let's take a trip through history class real quick. It seems as though every corner you turn in history you can find a war. War involves fighting a string of battles until one side is forced to surrender. Within these battles, one side has to win and the other side has to lose; it's just how it is. However, just because the one side wins the battle doesn't necessarily mean that they will consequently win the war, and vice versa.
Interestingly enough, this ideology can hold true when war is interchanged with life. Life also has its battles that must be faced. "You win some, you lose some" is the saying that I always hear. There are times in your life when you win, and there are also times in your life when you lose.
The key to this thought is not the idea of winning or losing. Rather, it is a matter of how you react to the win or loss.
Some people become so satisfied with a win that they become complacent. They figure that since they won, improvements are no longer necessary. Eventually, this thinking will come back to bite them where it hurts them the most and a losing pattern will start to set in.
Similarly, some people get knocked down, and they sit there and cry about it. They think of themselves as worthless, and in other negative ways. What happens after this is a never-ending trip down failure lane. That is until they stand up, and overcome. Which for some people, that time never comes. They sit there, and whither away their lives.
When you choose the paths of complacency or cry-baby lane, the war will be lost no matter which way you decide to look at it. This leaves me to believe that the only way to truly "win the war" is to have a mindset to continually get better. Strive to be the best that you can be. You can win the war of life by never accepting mediocrity, following your dreams, attacking your goals, and fulfilling your aspirations.