Great advice for cycling and for life! What you choose to focus on magnifies in size. You need to be aware of the obstacle, but you must focus on the goal.
Settle for nothing less than YOUR very best!
Rarely do people admit they want to do something timidly. Most people I know, talk to, and work with in the areas of sports, business, and life want to do things in a bold way. They want to dream big dreams and accomplish incredible goals. I have never heard someone say, “You know, when I do my work or compete in my match, I just want to be timid today.”
Yet, if we are truly honest with ourselves, there are areas of life and moments in time when we become fearful and timid versus fearless and bold. We don’t say it, but we show it through our lives and the approach we take to solve an issue or accomplish a goal. What does this look like?
I was not created with incredible height; yet, I did not let that limit me in my pursuit of playing basketball and competing on the court. I was a part of some incredible teams in high school including one that went 32-3 and made it to the state championship game at the highest level in the state of Tennessee. As a 5’10 (or maybe 5’9”) point guard, I was not always the first pick based on appearance but definitely strived to make an impression based on my play. The key was not letting a limiting belief like my lack of size compared to other people hold me back from competing and achieving my best.
Based on my experience, here are 7 leadership lessons that I learned from this journey:
“Who am I?” It’s a question some people spend a lifetime trying to answer. Most people look for their identity in all the wrong places, leaving them empty and unfulfilled.
They obtain their self worth in their most recent performance and accolades from their peers. People who lack esteem and confidence often chase meaning and fulfillment using this misleading equation:
The year was 1987. Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers were locked in a classic NBA Championship showdown against Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. Seven seconds remained in a pivotal Game 4. The Lakers were down 106-105, and the home Celtic fans were rabid. What happened next would become one of the top moments in NBA history.
Great things can be accomplished when energy and effort match up with your talent!
Doubt raises questions in our minds; trust provides the answers in our souls!
Be Present: Showing Up When It Matters Most
I remember hearing my soon-to-be mentor and colleague in the area of sports psychology and performance David Cook pronounce these words at a workshop he was giving in the heart of Texas to a group of coaches. I reflected on the words that came from someone who has studied performance for many years and worked with so many talented individuals across all sports including Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs and PGA golfers. It inspired me to study and reflect on the lessons I had learned through playing and coaching sports and also working with park performers in sports, business, and life.
I thought about great athletes that I admired growing up including Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan. The common denominator amongst these 3 basketball players was an intense desire to be the best they could be every day and to compete to win every time they stepped on the court. They knew that the things they did in the off-season would reveal themselves during the season. One year, Magic Johnson worked all summer on becoming a better free throw shooter, driven by the fact that he wanted to be better than Larry Bird in this category and that it would help his team in the final moments of a game. His free throw shooting percentage was already just under 90%, but he strove to be better. To become HIS best with the intention of someday becoming one of THE best!