3 Vital Components for Future Success

Recently at NBC Camps, nearly 200 students came to Whitworth University to get better at basketball – one of the world’s great games, and life – the world’s greatest game.

At one of the four power packed evening sessions with the theme true words, I was privileged to share my convictions on how to achieve future success.

This is the essence of my presentation:

Your skill and ability to diagnose the problem is the first step in becoming successful, until you can find the problem and define it accurately, you cannot correct the problem. 

In technical terms this skill is called self existential diagnosis. In commonsense language, this is taking your eyeballs out of your head and watching yourself perform.

Once the problem has been defined in crystal clear terms, the difficult task beings. This is called the prognosis phase. In medical terms this is called the prescription, in basketball terms this is called perfect practice, in life terms, this is hard, hard work. 

Hard work often requires tools, three tools every athlete and every human must have in their tool box, are the following: 

1. Accepting failure – as the stepping stone to success. It is absolutely impossible to succeed without being willing to fail. Never quit is an essential mindset. 

2. Enduring pain – separates winning from losing. How much pain are you willing to go through to win?  

For the quadriplegic, how much pain will you endure the first six months, the critical time period for gains. 

For the 14 year olds like Michael Jordan who did not make the team. How much pain are you willing to endure to win? No pain no gain. 

3. Cultivation of one of God’s most precious gifts; you’re imagination! If it is true humans think 1300 words per minute, we must guard against having a “worm tongue.” We do this by speaking positive words. Our spoken words build our EQ (Emotional Intelligence) bigger and stronger. I can, I will, God can, God will. 

As always your author of Words of Hope trusts the true manual for life success. Some 

call it the Holy Book, or the Bible, or Good News, or The Word. 

My favorite title for the Old and New Testament is, Wining the Game of Lifeball.

Lifeball is summed up this way:

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9