Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Foul Shots and Motivation

I may or may not have stayed up until late in the night last night re-filling out my basketball bracket. Okay, maybe I did. Somehow, I was able to think a bit more clearly then (night owl syndrome?!) and tried to spend a bit more time thinking about teams that might go far based on their scores and seedings rather than, well, how much do I like the teams: AKA, I still would like to think all my North Carolina teams will be in the final four :).

I love basketball. I've started to play again. How fun is it to play the sports you loved as a youth? The answer is so much fun. I've found it's a good connecting topic for youth because about 97.9 percent of all the upper middle and teens I come in contact with like it (sorry if that's an over generalization but I find my stats to be at least 98 percent fact).

So, I had a long-standing dream once of being a motivational speaker. Seriously, the kind that speaks to kids when they sit in the bleachers in the school auditorium and the kids sort of want to heckle the person because they think they are so lame, but deep down they like what they have to say. I'm not kidding.

It's funny how these days, when I start writing about different things it brings back to mind things that were once important to me. That's how it was when I started to think about basketball and failure and foul shots; that helped me think about how I once wanted to be a motivational speaker.

I still think motivational speakers are bold, and there is definitely a use for hearing a positive message, even if I feel differently about it than I once did.

If I was a motivational speaker, I would probably use this video.

It still amazes me that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected by 27 publishers. Dr. Seuss, people!

Okay, I am not a motivational speaker, but I still really like this video.

When I think about real fears, I think about things that hold me back, it's not bugs or heights or public speaking, but it's been failing and trying to please people, and the need to "do the right thing." What does any of that even mean? What does it amount to?

"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God?" -Galatians 1:10

I knew a motivational speaker when I was young. He traveled around the country talking to sports teams, especially basketball teams, helping the players get focused and stop getting psyched out by themselves, and of course how to make foul shots, basically. Or that's what I took from it. 

I love how when people are playing sports, they are actually living the process, it's a dream in action. And I like that.

I'm not one of those 'just go for your dreams and never look back!' kind of people. I've had many dreams that have not come to fruition. And that's okay. Many dreams have morphed. This blog is a testiment to one of those, and it's still a work-in-progress. I probably wouldn't tell the best motivational speech if I was a motivational speaker today, because truthfully, sometimes when you fail or fall down, dreams die. But it's not the end of the story.

I'm tempted to go on a motivational ledge and just stay there sometimes. But then I continue to recognize that there's no easy catch all, with foul shots and dreams, and that's a good thing.

Friends, first of all, if you follow basketball, who do you want to win March Madness? 

And, are you a go for it without looking back kind of dreamer?

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