OF Hard Knocks
strong belief and perseverance can help anyone go a long way!
in high school, I preferred hanging out with the guys on the corner and shooting
pool after the final bell, believing I had neither the talent nor the physique
for athletic success. Though I participated in an occasional blacktop game of
hoops, I was merely adequate, never pushing myself hard to get better. Nor caring
to, for that would have meant digging deep to alter my sense of self. I wasn't
yet ready to accept that all success is preceded by belief in that success.
Conversely, one of my
acquaintances at the time, a good four inches shorter than my 5' 11" frame,
would endlessly practice dribbling, shooting and so on. He lived and breathed
basketball, so much so that he nearly always carried his ball wherever he went.
Many of us laughed at what we perceived as misguided effort. He was too short
to make any real team, and thus he was wasting time.
John did make the high school varsity team, but barely, and for most of the season
he warmed the bench. I still remember the final game of the season. John sat on
the bench yet was not disappointed.
same year I moved 20 miles from where my old town. It would take three years to
visit my old friends from High School.
was like old times when I met my friends, seemed as though time had stood still,
nothing had changed. My friends still looked and behaved alike.
one night, during a final game of the basketball season, all of us laughers ate
our lives. My old High School team was so far ahead of the competition thanks
to a 6' 5" monster! This guy was BIG and strong and the best player on the
team. It was John.
the game we could not resist approaching and congratulating the team. I will never
forget when John shook my hand. I felt awkward, like a small kid. I could not
believe how much he'd changed. And that's when it dawned on me that for all of
my scoffing at John's relentless practicing and visualization, his undying belief
in his abilities was suddenly paying off, not only for him, but for the entire
auditorium. We all believed in possibilities for those remaining moments as we
stood there gazing with disbelief at John.
the years, I've come to believe increasingly in the power of belief, in the idea
that it precedes success. John proved this to me years ago. If you want to develop
a similar mind-set, especially as it relates to your fitness goals, let me suggest
you start by believing in yourself, then the rest will follow~*
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