On the basketball court quickness is one of the most important athletic skills. Your quickness in athletics often determines what level of play you can achieve.

Famous coach John wooden trained his athletes to never hurry, but to be quick.

Being quick to the ball in football, basketball, soccer, and tennis are skills coach’s train for vigorously and with intensity.

Some athletes are gifted at birth with quickness, speed, and athleticism. Those who were not gifted must labor for years to become quick.

Being quick to listen is the same, some are born with the tendency to be listeners. They are call introverts. Ones who prefer to speak before they listen are labeled extroverts.

To be quick to listen is a difficult task for the extrovert. One father often said to his talkative, non-listening son, “We should’ve vaccinated you with a phonograph needle when you were born.”

95% of what we do each day comes from the subconscious mind. This means only 5% of what we do today is a conscious act.

Learning to be quick to listen is a conscious act. It is hard work. The conscious mind trains the subconscious mind. This is the pivotal key to character change.

Out of the conscious mind make your decision to be quick to listen. Set time periods to be quick to listen at the conscious level.

Athletes, be quick to get to the ball. Think quick, be quick. Repetition forms habits.

Lovers of the great game I call LIFEBALL, be quick to listen. Let the other person finish their thought. Find out what the other person knows rather than tell them what you know. Listen with your eyes more than your ears.

Be quick to listen is a form of loving people; be quick to listen is a form of being kind. Be quick to listen is a form of respect.

For the introvert, this may not be a difficult assignment. For the extrovert, without living in the conscious mind it will be impossible.

For the shy athlete, gifted at birth, look up to all the men living in that conscious mind when you play the game today.

Be quick to listen is the one quality the great leaders of history mastered.

Gandhi changed India with protesting in silence. He used peace to win.

Socrates was the master of the question. He brought you to his ideas through a process of questions. He listened more than spoke.

Jesus was the master of all be quick to listen masters. Socrates imitated Jesus’ skills at the art of the question.

Herod asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Is this your own idea or did you get this from someone else? Who do you say that I am?”

A woman caught in adultery was about to be stoned.

Jesus said, “Who among you who is without sin let you cast the first stone.”

Fred Dyson, “Coach Crowell what do you think of Jesus Christ?”

This question posed to be in 1966 change my life.

What do you think of Jesus Christ?