March 31st 2015: Thought of the Day


This is a quote one my earliest and most influential basketball coaches in my life passionately exclaimed after we kept messing up the 3-man weave drill. It was such an a-ha moment in my life,and has played a huge role in the success I have been able to achieve because when things going wrong, I go back to the drawing board and re-invent myself.

This may seem like a self-evident statement, that is not profound at all. However, if one really reflects and observes how the vast majority of people go about their lives, it is readily apparent that it is not. For example in college many peers would do abysmal on a midterm exam, and instead of studying harder or changing how they approach studying, they would bemoan how unfair life is. Then they repeat exactly what they did to prepare for the first midterm and do equally as bad.

Why is it that so many people are so “insane”? The major impediment to restoring your own sanity (this is a process I continue to struggle with) is to remember, as I mentioned in my previous thought of the day (link here) that you must take 100% responsibility for what happens to you. Once you are able to realize that the only person you have to blame is yourself, you will be much more likely to critically examine what went wrong and what you can do to change in hopes of producing a different outcome.

However, it is key to realize, that this is a constant process. It is human nature to take the path of least resistance, which is doing the same thing over and over again, since those neural pathways are so well grooved in our brain. Therefore, it will always take constant effort and struggle to continue to develop and improve. Do not see the difficulty as a bad thing, it means that things are working! If things are not difficult, you are deluding yourself that you are improving and on the journey to becoming the best you can be.

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