There was almost no post today.
I had closed my macbook and given myself an excuse to miss my first scheduled posting.
Last night I came home from playing hoops with the intent of finishing up a post for this morning. Instead, what began with one text message from a close friend, led to a three hour conversation on a potentially great opportunity for me.
After much discussion, I was back to writing, but my mind was elsewhere. I stopped and started five to seven different posts. Nothing seemed to flow.
I was tired.
Prior to beginning this journey, I wrote content for times just like these, but none of them seemed to fit either.
I was frustrated.
I told myself it’s Veterans Day (HAPPY VETERANS DAY!). I told myself I would do a post Friday and at least get back on track next week.
I walked away and back to my home office several times. I wanted to give up, but felt weak for thinking that. I thought, would anyone really notice anyway?
There was almost no post today….
There is a post today because I MUST push forward!
Beyond the really cool opportunity that my friend and I were discussing, the underlying theme throughout was this:
It’s Not going to be easy, Nor should it be.
The Real World
So, after a week at Impact, I’m officially back in the Real World now.
No more specialized training. No more two people rebounding balls for me and delivering pin point passes or looking over my game with a fine toothed comb.
No more 7’3” Akeem or any of the other guys at Impact.
It’s back to just me, a concrete court, a double rim with a chain net and determination.
Not going to be easy
To take what I learned from my training at Impact and really have it translate to my game will take a lot of work.
I mean A LOT of work.
It means retooling and adjusting things I’ve done wrong for 20 years. It means countless hours on a court with no one encouraging me. It means off court training in the mornings or evenings when I may be wornout and tired.
It’s not going to be easy, that is for sure.
Nor Should it Be
I have more determination and passion about getting better and playing Michael Jordan than I can even describe.
My eyes well up with tears and those tears ride the slide down my face, just thinking about how badly I want this.
This journey is showing me how absolutely joyous life can be, if you get out of the way of your own self.
Yes, this journey hasn’t and isn’t going to be easy, nor should it be!
In a little over two months since I began, I have done things I never would have expected and met some of the coolest people in person and through social networking and it began on one day with a BIG dream and a single post.
Why I PUSH Forward!
I throw big bag full of coal in the engine and steam forward at the age of 33 because I understand how fleeting life’s opportunities can be.
I’m not the most athletic. I’m not the best basketball player. I’m not positive Michael Jordan will even find out about what I’m doing and agree to play me.
I push forward because with each step I feel more alive.
I wrote earlier about why passion is the key to success and probably should have titled that the key to life.
My heart, mind, body and soul are so aligned at this time. I am so passionate about this journey.
I just want to grab every single person and implore them to follow their passion at ALL COSTS!
In a rather deep, challenging tone, he calls out, “You Ready? Let’s see what you’ve got.”
He then flips the ball in my direction from his large hand, crouches down in his All NBA defensive stance and says, “Let’s gooo.”
There is no one around. It’s just me vs. MJ.
I’m poised. I’m prepared. I’m ready!
I look deep in the eyes of the greatest basketball player who’s ever lived, Michael Jordan, and I attack!
I’ve had that image playing over and over again in my head lately in vivid color.
It fuels me.
What Fuels You?
What fuels you? What are you passionate about? What dream are you pursuing?
If you aren’t going after your dream, the one thing you’ve always wanted to do, I beg you to begin!
It will change your life and remind you why you are living!
You were given once chance with an undertermined number of years. Don’t waste it!
Again, it’s not going to be easy, nor should it be!
Much love! Off to the courts I go!
I see the image. What do you see??
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