Keeping Everything in Perspective
What a great way to start out the basketball season by reexamining what’s really important about playing the game of basketball. I came across this story in a booklet entitled Bits & Pieces (Phone number: 800-878-5331).
A woman having lunch at a small cafe was seated next to a family celebrating their son’s basketball game. Their conversation was so lively that the woman joined in. “You must have been on the winning team,” she said. The kid grinned from ear to ear. “No, we lost by 20 points. The other team had a killer defense. We were only able to make one basket.” “Did you make the basket?” asked the woman. With his mouth filled with cake and ice cream, the boy shook his head no. His father reached across the table to give him a high five. His mother hugged him and said, “You were awesome”.
The woman at the next table rubbed her chin. The boy looked at the confused woman and said, “At last’s week’s game I took nine shots, but they all fell short of the basket. This week I took eight shots and three of them hit the rim. Dad says I’m making progress.” Adapted from “Ice Cream Party”, Rochelle M. Pennington
Making progress. Every time you practice, every time you play in a game, examine your play and ask yourself; “Did I make progress?” If the answer is yes, then you are getting better at a particular skill. Keep in mind that improvement may be a slow process, but the rewards are great. Don’t base your success on how many baskets you make, or how many rebounds you get. Base your success by examining how muchg progress you have made in some or ALL aspects of the game. Before you know it, the points you score will increase and your overall game will become much better.