Yesterday I reposted a blog on “The Law of Practice.” On Monday I saw it being lived out.
One of the things I do in my spare time this time of year is work with a local high school basketball team. Monday afternoon we had the opportunity to play a game at Philips Arena in Atlanta before the Hawks and Celtics game. Let’s just say that my team played a lot better than the Hawks did.
As we were walking off the floor I noticed that Boston Celtic guard, Ray Allen, walked onto the court and began shooting. Seemed a little odd to me considering he was alone and it was still three hours before the tip of the NBA contest.
After we left our locker room I was visiting with one of the arena workers. He told me that I would have to clear the area because the Celtic’s bus was arriving. I asked him how Ray had gotten to the arena if the team had not yet arrived. He said, “He always takes a cab and gets here about an hour early to practice his shooting.”
There’s that word again. Practice.
Ray Allen is a multimillionaire. He has been an NBA all-star 9 times. He once made 72 consecutive free throws during games. He has averaged over 20 points per game throughout a 15 year career. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest outside shooters in NBA history.
And there he was on a Monday afternoon when no one was looking, in an empty arena, 1,100 miles away from home practicing his shooting.
There is an arena where you can be like Ray. It might not ever be on the basketball floor, but it does exist.
However, without practice it will not happen.
Why not rededicate yourself to your craft and even be willing to go beyond what your teammates are doing? That’s what i2i leaders do!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and know that I am thankful for all of you who take part in this leadership conversation. Next i2i blog will be on Monday, November 29th.
What is the best example of “practice” you have noticed lately?