Basketball Life Lessons
Basketball, as is the case with many other team sports, provides lessons that are universal and relatable to all walks of life. The lessons that can be learned through organized basketball translate to essential life lessons.
Working With Others in a Group or Team Setting: THE KEYS TO TEAM SUCCESS
The best basketball teams are the ones that have extremely cohesive parts, players, and coaches. They are close-knit, work well together, feed off each other’s energy, and listen to each other. This group cohesiveness allows them to better respond to adversity and execute better when they are in pressure or crunch time situations on the court. Packer’s coaching legend Vince Lombardi said it best; “Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
The same can be said for the game of life. At many points in life you will find yourself working with teams for whatever career path you choose. It is important to understand how to be a positive piece to the team and ultimately be someone that makes the team better as a whole. Check out what University of Maine at Fort Kent’s All American Joe McCloskey shares on basketball life lessons. This involves learning how to pick your teammates up when they are down and having the ability to find just as much satisfaction in the success of a teammate as you find for the success of yourself. Ultimately, if you learn how to be the best teammate you can possibly be, you are making the team that much more cohesive.
Effort is Rewarded: “THE HARDER YOU WORK THE LUCKIER YOU GET!”
Hard work will always trump talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Despite natural athletic ability or individual physical gifts, the player that works the hardest will achieve the most success on the court. Hard work ALWAYS pays off. The player that is constantly working on his basketball craft and putting in extra shooting drills before and after practice will earn the starting spot over the player that only does the bare minimum to make the team. If you are this type of player, you will have considerable success against the opposing team because you will have out worked your opponent. Having this sort of work ethic will prove successful at every level of basketball, earning you starting spots on your team and possibly leading to collegiate scholarships.
This lesson is applicable to lifelong goals or career goals as well. Being the person that shows up to your job early, stays late, and gives your best effort will more often than not result in some type of reward. This sort of work ethic will gain the attention of the right people and lead to better success in life. Build up a reputation for being someone that is always going to give your best effort and amazing opportunities will present themselves. In the words of the late John Wooden, “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing that you made the EFFORT to become the best of which you are capable.”
Confidence is Key:
The best players on the basketball court are the ones that truly believe they are the best. They are the ones that are confident enough in their abilities to seize opportunities rather than worry about what things might go wrong. They omit any doubts in their basketball abilities that they might have with the preparation they put in before game time. By practicing on your basketball skills to the point where you have mastered them, then there should be nothing to worry about when the lights come on. Knowing you can get by your defender and score with the moves you’ve practiced is half the battle, the other half is just executing it. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be, and the better basketball player you will become.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Here, Helen Keller is establishing that confidence and having a positive mindset can help you accomplish great things in life. Being optimistic in what you can accomplish is the first step. Take for example, an interview for your dream job. If fully prepared for this interview, then those nervous “butterflies” will most likely be at a minimum. If you know that you have done everything you can to be ready for that situation, then you can relax, exude the confidence you have in yourself, and let your preparation take care of the rest. Research has shown that participation in sports such as basketball can lead to greater personal confidence and self esteem in an individual along with ability to build better peer relationships. People innately respond to confident people because they feel that they can trust someone that believes in themselves. Believe in yourself and others will believe in you as well.
To sum up:
- Help your team become the best by being the best teammate.
- Effort is in your hands. Push yourself to work harder than you ever thought you could.
- Believe in yourself and others will have confidence in you.
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-Contributed by Keith Hartle
BasketballTrainer.com Contributor & Former Small College Player