My shoulder hurts. The right one. The one I’ve used over and over again during my life to make thousands upon thousands of shots.
It’s painful. I’ve never been stabbed, but if I were to guess what that feels like; it would be how my shoulder feels most of the time these days when I shoot the basketball. Sharp stings.
The cause, I can only trace back to the large stacks of push-ups I did on a nightly basis during the NBA playoffs. Not the brightest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve had massages, treatments and have done my best to stay away from the courts as much as possible over the last two months, in an attempt to let it heal. But I missed the game.
This week I said hello again to the game I love.
Thursday evening, after an hour and a half of makes and misses wrapped in pain, I sat down and talked some basketball history with a friend at the rec center. We talked about MJ of course.
It was my third trip to the courts in the last four days.
Each day a bit better than the one before it, I could see my shot beginning to shine more and more and resemble its former self as I polished away.
After 20 or so minutes of conversation, I got up and asked my friend, “How many makes in a row before I leave today?”
He spat back, “10…wait, are you talking free throws?”
I said, “No man, threes!”
“You can’t make 10 threes in a row,” he quipped.
I shook my head at his lack of belief and responded, “OK, you just sit there and watch.”
I honestly expected it to take me less than five minutes for me to make 10 three pointers in a row.
A few months ago, making 10 from downtown was easy earned. I won’t say easy, because that would be a lie. I’ve earned the right to make shots through tons of repetition. It was never easy.
After just two or three minutes I was up to 8 in a row.
Make, make, make, make, make…miss.
This pattern continued for the next 44 minutes as I shot one ball after the other.
Soaked with effort down through my socks, legs tired, arm fatigued, shoulder smarting, quitting without a doubt crossed my mind.
The thoughts, who would know or care if you stopped now and it’s ok to quit because you should take it easy on your shoulder, said hello.
But I refused to quit and kept shooting.
Then it finally happened. 14 makes in a row later I had accomplished my goal.
Where You Find Success!
Success isn’t as hard to find as people say it is. It’s found right behind faith and a lot of hard work.
If you want success, just do what you say you’re going to do!
It won’t be easy. But it’s possible!
While I was shooting, two others joined me in the task of making 10 three pointers in a row. They were both really good shooters and one of them even got to 9 in a row once. But they both quit before realizing the goal.
Today I know that I was the best shooter in that gym…and so do they. That’s a HUGE difference in mindset and it comes by DOING or the lack there of.
The Magic is Within You!
A great friend of mine, Robert Brown, has a saying. He says, “It’s no magic trick. If you work hard you’ll be better.”
He’s right. The magic is within you!
Two Things That You Control Today, That WILL Change Your Tomorrow
Success comes down to what you believe and the effort you put forth.
You control both of them.
Now you don’t get to control much in life, but you do control what you believe and how hard you work!
I consistently and constantly feed myself encouragement.
It’s going to be a great day! I will be blessed in my business! I am a great shooter! I am a great writer, I am a great speaker, and on and on and on!
Now I want to improve in all things, but I feel that I’m destined for greatness!
That’s not being cocky. That’s living your purpose!
You have to see it to believe it!
You have to believe it before you can achieve it!
Then I take that faith and belief and work really, really hard.
I keep going when others stop, because I’ve already seen my success!
I know I just need to have faith and keep working hard!
Michael Jordan and My Dream
Before I shook hands with Michael Jordan and told him about mevsMJ.com, I saw it happen!
I’ve seen the 1-on-1 game with MJ!
I’ve seen myself speaking to thousands, encouraging young and old what I believe, that Anything Is Possible with Faith & Hard Work!
I’ve seen lives changed!
What Do You See?
Whatever your mevsMJ.com is, I know it’s possible!
You’ve just got to have faith and you’ve got to work hard!
It’s waiting for you!
I will play Michael Jordan and impact lives! What are you going to do?
me vs. MJ…the journey continues!
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