The Most Inspiring Thing You’ll Read All Day…

So you may or may not know this about me…

But back in the day I used to play basketball. A LOT.

In fact I was so serious about basketball that I would spend every single minute of every day in my high school years visualizing that moment when I walked to the court and hit the game winning shot of the NCAA College Basketball Championship.

After high school I was offered the chance to play at a community college here, a D2 school there, a tryout at a D3 school somewhere else…

But I said “NO!” to all of those opportunities.

My standard for myself was the NCAA Division 1 National Basketball Championship.

So what did I do?…

I enrolled in university at Kansas State University, with the full intention to go to the open tryouts that they held every year and become a “walk-on” to the team.

Now keep in mind…

In the last decade before I went to K-State, they had only accepted 2 actual “walk-on’s” that were not recruited out of high school.

And both were almost 7 ft tall.

Now to save you from a long story… For reasons outside of my control, I was never able to walk on to the team.

Yet despite coming up short for whatever reason… Every year I would work my ASS off, visualize success, and fully believe that I would make the team…

And although my basketball career hadn’t panned out…

My experience in attempting to do so taught me some very valuable lessons that make me world-famous Charisma Consultant that I am today…

For example, here are some traits about me that I have ONLY because of playing basketball growing up:

-Never settling for less than what I want.

I turned down all of those smaller schools because I wanted to play Division 1 basketball more than anything!

-Full belief that I would succeed no matter what.

Most people feel the doubt, and feel the fear of failure whenever they want to do something BIG.

And if I would have let those emotions overcome me, then there is no way I would have trained ever trained my ass off every single day of my college career to hopefully walk-on whenever try-outs opened up.

If I let doubt and fear rule me, then I would have given up way sooner than I did.

And I would have probably just transferred to one of those smaller schools…

-Take “failure” as motivation to find a NEW way to succeed.

The first year that I didn’t make it on to the team, I was distraught.

But that feeling didn’t last long because as soon as I realized it wasn’t going to happen this year, I asked myself “How do I take this experience to help me make it NEXT year?”

There was absolutely ZERO time spent playing the victim, or putting the blame on others…

I was immediately focused on the SOLUTION.

-Absolute belief that I am, or will soon be, the best at what I do.

Every time I failed, I literally saw this as a road-bump, in one chapter, in the epic story of my massively successful life.

I already knew how the story ends because I had pictured it in my head every day for YEARS…

The picture in my head was simple…

Me hitting the game winner in the NCAA Division 1 college basketball championship, and then getting drafted in the first round to the Lakers.

That was my vision. It was clear as day to me.

And if you know anything about the way your mind works, then you know that experiences in your mind — whether they are real or imagined — make no difference…

Your brain thinks they are real no matter what.

It’s why my favorite people to model for success are MJ, Kobe, and Tim Tebow.

(Yes, Tim motherf*cking Tebow.)

Those 3 guys know whats up.

All MJ wanted was to be the best.

And when he was a sophomore in high school, his basketball coach demoted him to the JV team, rather than the Varsity team.

…meaning that his High School basketball coach believed there were at least TEN people who were better than Michael Jordan at basketball, in that school.

Kobe is truly a man on a MISSION.

Although he’s always been thought of as one of the best since a very young age, he let thoughts of HOW he could succeed dominate his every thought.

One of my favorite quotes of his is from when he was in High School:

“You always have to have a long term goal in mind.

For me? I wanted to play in the NBA after my senior year in high school. That was it…

People want to hang out with you all day, and you have girls trying to call you at all times of the night, and you can’t concentrate on your homework… I tried to keep that stuff at arms length.

I just wanted to play the game at the highest level — and there’s nothing like learning from the best players in the world.”

Absolutely NOTHING. Not close friends, or even girls, were going to stand in his way.

Tim Tebow is a true inspiration.

This guy has always heard every reason of why he CAN’T succeed…

Too slow.

Too one-dimensional.

Can’t throw.

Yet Tim was BLIND to all of those critics.

If you follow NFL football at all, then you may remember the 1 season of glory that Tim Tebow had with the Denver Broncos…

Despite all of the reasons for why he wasn’t supposed to succeed…

He would somehow silence everybody by putting the Broncos on his back in the 4th quarter, and then WILLING his way to a win.

You could almost predict exactly what would happen every game…

The Broncos would be losing, and then in the 4th quarter Tim Tebow would somehow pull a magical play out of his ass to bring the team back and win the game.

And in his very FIRST season of the NFL… In his very FIRST NFL playoff game…

He threw probably the most accurate pass ever thrown for 80 yards to win the game in overtime.

It was magical not ONLY because everybody kept telling him he won’t succeed…

But mainly because he would always find a way to win.

Although he wasn’t technically the most skilled player out there… He would WILL his way to a win when all the odds were stacked against him.

Say what you will about the guy, but I will always be a fan.

So why do I tell you this story?

Because I was at the basketball court yesterday playing some pick-up games with a bunch of other people.

And there was one guy in particular who was really good…

He could shoot. He could dribble. And most importantly he could DUNK like it was nobody’s business.

So I asked him…

“Hey man, are you in high school?”

He said…

“I should be, but I transferred to a college prep school to play basketball.”

I said, “Awesome dude. So do you go there knowing what college you want to transfer to afterwards?”

Him: Well I eventually want to transfer to (insert small school nobody has ever heard of)… It’s a Division 3 school.

Me: Why not Division 1?…

Him: Well, to be honest, my grades aren’t that good. *laughs like it’s funny*

Me: How BAD do you want it?…

Him: I want it REAL bad.

Me: …Bad enough to study hard and get good grades?

Him: …*puts head down in deep thought* I guess I’ve never thought about it like that…

So let me ask YOU a question right now…

Where in your life are you settling for less than what you truly want?…

Where in your life are you making excuses for why you can’t succeed?…

Where in your life are you letting the poisonous thoughts and beliefs of others keep you from going after your VISION?…

Is it the perfect girl?

Is it the dream job?

Is it the epic social circle?

Is it the skill you want to master?

Because the truth of the matter is…

As long as you know EXACTLY what you want, and you want it bad enough….

Nothing but YOU is going to stop you from getting it.

I believe in you dude.

The question is… Do you?

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