Let me share something personal today.
As you might know I play basketball.
Maybe you already know I play in the national Uk league in the 4th division with the London Thunders.
What I don’t share often is that I rarely miss a training or a game, even if I don’t play much.
Sometimes I don’t play at all.
I only play when we we cannot win anymore or when we are destroying them.
Because I am one of the worst in my team.
All the other players are way better.
The only thing I have better than many is my 3 point shot and pull up shot.
They are better ball handlers, have better athletic bodies, are better team players, have more stamina, are faster and younger.
Despite that, I show up every day.
I show up every game.
Training after training, I am getting better.
Waiting for my moment.
I just finished 3.5hrs of non-stop-full-court Basketball to work on my conditioning.
I wanted to puke at the end.
I almost couldn’t breath anymore.
I also have an injured thumb and I could not shoot or defend as I wanted to.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because winners aren’t born on the bench.
Winners are conditioned with training.
Winners create their own opportunities.
I could be one of the best playing friendly games.
I could join another amateur league and dominate while actually playing the games.
But I choose to become the best I can be by showing up everyday, pushing myself and playing in the major league.
I believe that if I am into something, I better do it well.
I apply the same mentality to public speaking and anything else I do in life.
I want to win and I want to be surrounded by winners.
And I am willing to sacrifice years of playing in the shadow for just that moment.
I know that moment will come.
My goal is to be on the starting lineup at least one game.
And then move to the National 3rd division with my team ( we have good chances to reach the playoffs this year).
This is me.
This is how I live my life.
How do you live yours?
Do you train so you can make the most of your opportunities or do you create excuses?