Basketball is just as much a part of my life as anything else.
I played basketball in high school
and got the privilege to play in college.
It has been one of the biggest areas of influence in my life.
It has been also one of the biggest areas of learning in my life.
Here's 6 things that I've learned from playing basketball my whole life thus far.
1. Practicing isn't always fun but it is always essential.
“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” ~Jerry West
Sometimes practice sucks. I remember some practices in college. Kids were throwing up, passing out. Some players quit in the middle of practice. It was tough. But it will always make you better and it is always essential.
2. If you're not making mistakes, you're not doing enough.
If we are going hard and doing our best to make plays on the court, we're gonna make mistakes. Point blank. In life, if you are living life and not letting life live you, you will make mistakes. But we learn from those mistakes and they make us better.
3. Losing is sometimes more vital than winning.
I learned a lot when we won games but I think I learned more when we lost. Not to ever say I was ok with losing. I hated losing. I hated failure but I can bet you one thing. I tried my best not to lose the same way twice. Losing is vital.
4. Perception is important but character is more important.
I've always told people that perception is everything. I might need to renig a little bit on that one. Not completely renig. Perception is important but character is more important. John Wooden said, "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
5. Always remember that we are far more than what we do from 9-5...
“If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.” ~Isiah Thomas
Basketball is a game. Just like any other game is just a game. God gave me the ability to play basketball not just to play basketball. He gave me that ability in order to reach the basketball population I would be around. God gives us abilities not to reward ourselves with how awesome we are but how we can further his kingdom.
6. Move with purpose.
No matter what we do between those basketball lines--move with purpose. Never half-hearted. Never lazy. With purpose. In our lives, move with purpose! Never half-hearted. Never lazy but with purpose. Find your purpose and move!
Learn from things.
Start living life and stop letting it live you!
Life is better that way!