A great life lesson from a successful basketball coach

A great life lesson from a successful basketball coach

I know not everyone loves sport; but I do.

And one of the many reasons I enjoy sport is because I honestly believe there are many life lessons we can learn from athletes and how they achieve elite performance.

What we can learn is not just about fitness and strength, but about happiness and success and peak performance and even rest!

Which is why I enjoyed this Inc.com article and wanted to share it with you today…

by Justin Bariso

In 2013, the Boston Celtics took a chance when they hired unproven 36-year-old Brad Stevens as the team’s head coach. Since then, Stevens has helped turn the storied franchise around, taking the Celtics from the bottom of the pack to the third best team in the Eastern Conference (at time of writing).

So, how does Stevens stay focused, in a league that has been dominated by just a few superpowers in recent years? In a recent interview, Stevens summed up his philosophy in two short sentences:

“I’m not even thinking about any other team. We’re trying to be the best version of ourselves.”

Stevens’s doctrine should hit home for most of us. It’s much too easy to compare ourselves to colleagues, friends, and family members — in respect to everything from our current job title to the type of car we drive.

But there are many reasons you should resist comparing yourself to others.

Here are three of them:

It feeds “the envy animal.”

It’s easy to stay positive when you cultivate an attitude of appreciation. In contrast, putting too much emphasis on others is dangerous — because there will always be someone who’s more skilled or who has more than you, at least in certain areas.

When you instead focus on your own strengths and resources, you can maximize these and be motivated to give your best effort…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE