Through the first ten games of our basketball season at Florida College, you could say I was having the best season of my college basketball career. Averaging nearly 14 points per game and having some big games against Division 1 Jacksonville University, NAIA Embry Riddle and Johnson and Wales. We had a solid .500 record and hoped to pick up our level of play for the remainder of the season and make our way to nationals.
Over the next 4 games, I really struggled shooting the ball and frustration started kicking in when I found myself on the bench at certain times of the game when I felt like I should be on the court helping my team. As controversial as it is to me and no matter what I felt, I started to take responsibility.
I was sitting here thinking what is it that I am doing wrong? Why am I not in the game at certain times? I could sit here and blame the coaches, other players, or even the refs. Some point in life you have to step up and say it starts with me. I realize that since I have been caught up doing so many different things with my time, that my work ethic fell off a little. I was not in the gym shooting on a consistent day to day basis. I didn’t lift weights anymore like used.
It all made sense now. When I was keeping up with my work ethic, I was having a great year, and was helping the team in every way I could. When I stopped putting as much effort in, the results spoke for themselves. The moral of this story is that the results you get out of something is reflective to the work you put in. No matter who you are, when you are doing something, give your full effort and commitment. If your heart is not in it, then maybe you need to find something else that you could do to better satisfy your wants and needs
I can almost promise you that once the season resumes after the winter break, I will be contributing to my team as I did throughout the first bunch of games and I will do all I can to help my team make it to the national tournament and hopefully bring home a banner.
Never lose sight of your goals, no matter what is going on around you. Although at times you may get side tracked and adversity may hit you in every way possible, remain focused on your goals. Find ways to overcome whatever it is that may be restraining or pushing you back. It’s better to work for what you want now, rather than look back and regret it. It starts with YOU.