Strange how we think that we can just have what we want. We hear stories of how we can have anything that we want if we just belief and manifest that belief into thoughts, which lead to action, which will lead to your dream being met. That is exactly what happened to one of our players yesterday with OC Magic.
Andre, has a story. He wasn't ready when we first met him, he had to improve his skill set, his athleticism, but we didn't have to do anything with his drive or his vision. He had a set back with injuries, he had setbacks from not playing on his high school varsity team as senior. Yet, with his persistence and belief, he came to train with us, 3 times a week and continued to play and get better.
I have told our players for years, we are stone cutters, we will keep at it daily, one day that stone will break. We will be persistent and believe that rock will break. For Andre, he took that to heart and his dream came true as upon my return from Europe, I was back in the building and one of my NCAA coaching friends reached out to me saying that he had a need and if I had anyone that could help him.
Andre, was next to me, I made the call, put them on the phone together and now he's off to fulfill his dream of becoming a student athlete. 8 million students play high school sports in the U.S. and 480,000 of them get to compete at an NCAA institution. Wow.
Have a purpose of playing, be persistent each day and have passion. Congratulations to Andre and to the others in OC Magic who have moved onto their next dream. Everyone has a story of Persistence and Belief, what's yours? I would love to hear your story, please share.
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This past week has been full of stress. My boys and I went to the Midwest and East coast of USA on college visits for my oldest son. We had the stress of travel, flights, baggage not arriving, taking buses, trains, renting car, hotel arrangements, university meetings, super hot temperatures and humidity, long walks, living out of a suitcase, 48 hour visits, food choices, just to name a few.
My intention was to make the trip memorable so that it was enjoyable for us all. I had to have intention, planning and a serious dedication to make sure that during each of our visits there was something personal for each state we visited and each university that we met with. Also, that there was something for each of my sons.
But most of all, I wanted this special time with my sons to have meaning that lasted well beyond just this time on the road together, so it got me thinking of questions to ask them during the trip and I think it's good for everyone.
What are your strengths and interests?
What are things that matter most to you?
What is your life purpose?
Now of course, with these questions many of us can't answer them, or we will certainly change with time and yet we all have to begin at some point.
Take some time to answer them, you will be amazed at how you look at things. Ask your own children, you will be amazed what they share with you. I know I was.
During this trip, there were some stressful times as I suggested and yet I got the chance to see my son's character come out. They handled each moment as if they had already done it before. No complaining and a positive attitude. The time in the hotel room was their time to enjoy each other and be kids. At the universities and with guests, was their time to shine with asking meaningful questions, being polite, courteous and genuinely interested in others.
Tell me how you feel about stress.