The biggest weekend in basketball is upon us. The Final Four. Within about 48 hours, a new champion will emerge, at least for the next year and then the cycle will begin all over again.
There are at least four glaring similarities between igniting your passion and getting to the final four that I want to share.
1. There Will Always Be Competition
Over 80 some teams started the quest for the championship several weeks ago. Everyone who ever wished to ignite his or her passion has faced competition that continues to narrow down the best. Competition will make you work harder, try longer and dream bigger. So if you want to make your passion happen, ask to bring on the big game.
2. Even the Best Sometimes Come Up Short
Things happen. Accidents occur. On any given day even your best may not be good enough. That doesn't mean it's the end of the road, only that you go back to the drawing board and keep trying. You get another chance another day but only if you keep going and keep playing. It happens to the best of teams and will happen to the best of intentions. Don't beat yourself up if you tried your best and didn't meet your goal, but get back out on the court and play your heart out again next time.
Every organization needs a team. Even the most awesome players cannot win alone. No matter what you want to do, you need a team to mentor, support, guide and contribute to your success. These members can be ones you meet with face to face or ones you develop from close on-line groups or interactions. There is power in numbers and success is nearly impossible in any realm without others. The best player may stand out but a victory is claimed by a team.
4. It's Only A Game and You Get To Play Again
It's great to be the best and come out on top, but perhaps more important, it's critical to realize just getting a chance to play is amazing. Don't be discouraged if you don't land on the top of the heap or if the end result is not perfect. Be encouraged by participating towards your dream, be ignited by sustaining your spirit through the difficult moments and be grateful to have the chance to do it again, and again.
Someone will be a champion this weekend and again next year and the year after.
We don't become a legend every time we play and we don't succeed with every chance we take.
But those who really lose are not the ones who set out to win and come up short, but the ones who never got to play to begin with. Getting the opportunity can be just as much a thrill as winning it all.
Ask anyone who has played for a spot, even if they never made it to the finale...it's an amazing ride to be part of the spirit.
Are you taking your chance to be victorious or sitting on the sidelines wondering what it would have been like if only you tried out and made your passion, happen?
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