As I look back on this college basketball season here in the United States…I can’t help but notice just how much can happen to one team, in a single season. Take the Kentucky Wildcats for example…
John Calipari recruited an all star freshman class that started the entire season. That’s all freshman! They came straight out of high school and were crowned the #1 team in the country from day one.
This was based on their talent alone. And perhaps in a lot of ways, the coach that they were to receive guidance from too. But mainly it was because they had the most highly recruited freshman class on paper.
And so what happened at first…?
Because they were all freshman…just beginning the season was rough!
They didn’t know what they were doing on the college level. They knew high school ball at that level. They were stars at the level. But this was college. A distinct upgrade in talent and skill was presented to them.
- It was a challenge to not be the stars they once were.
- It was a challenge to learn a completely new system.
- It was a challenge to find new places of support being away from home.
- It was a challenge trying to find their role in a new team.
- It was a challenge trying to do this, and oh, still go to class for an education.
This was something completely different. They had a major adjustment on their hands. Yes, they had the talent but talent obviously wasn’t everything. They had to learn how to overcome these challenges in order to succeed.
So it took some time to figure all that out. Quite a bit of time.
Meanwhile, there ranking began to drop from the #1 team in the country to being out of the top 25 altogether.
Then the criticism came in to add matters worse…
What happened to the highly touted Kentucky Wildcats!?
They’re too young!
They don’t know how to work as a team!
I would like to say their shortcomings only happened early in the season. But there adjustments took almost a full year before they finally got it right.
They learned their roles. They found out how to work as a team. They started to buy into the system the coach harped on all year. They began to learn and grow in confidence as things started to work.
Things suddenly began to click!
So when the Big Dance came along, they were finally ready to do some damage. And do that they did. They battled and clawed their way into the championship game.
And although they fell a bit short of winning that game, they can still hold their heads high and see just what they accomplished in a season. Just one season.
Now mind you, one season is only about 6 months of work. That’s it. That’s all the time they had starting from scratch.
So you know where I’m going with this right?
Take a guess…
If they can do all of that in one season, why can’t you?
What are you willing to sacrifice?
What do you have to do to reach your title game?
In the next Six Months…What are you capable of doing if you really wanted that championship ring?
It’s a mystery to me how little we actually do in a season when we see examples like this every day.
Here we see young dudes getting it done, under immense pressure and scrutiny from the media, under intense weekly practices, the added pressure of getting passable grades…oh and then you have to execute well for the big game.
Most of us won’t even come close to this type of pressure in a given year much less a season…right?
So what is stopping your execution?
You have to bring yourself to a level where all you want to do is win!
Check out some of these quotes from John Calipari here
You can surmise from these quotes that there is only one goal for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Every year, the goal is to win the championship!
Every year. It doesn’t matter what happens, the expectations are to perform at a very high level each and every season.
- Regardless of what happens in the year…
- Regardless of the players they recruit…
- Regardless of the players they lose the year before…
- Regardless of the assistant coaches they lose the year before…
- Regardless of how much better the other competing teams get…
The goal is to win. Period.
The object is to win. Try your best…sure. Give it your best effort…sure. But the objective is to win.
No one wants to lose. Who wants to be called a loser?
CERTAINLY NOT ME!
Let’s play to win. Let’s work to win. Let’s practice daily to win.
Take this upcoming season to focus solely on grabbing your own championship ring. Make this your season to finally do everything you’re capable of doing. Because there’s so much that can happen in a season. This time around, do what you know you can do.
Work at a level that will get you to that final game. And even if you don’t get the ring, you know that you’ve done all you can to win. And that’s the most important thing really.
But still try your best to execute and win baby! It’s time to get yours…so go out and get it! Cool?
Is this your season to crush it? Feel free to let me know in the comments(or not)…what you plan to do win your championship ring this season. And I’ll share mine of course.