Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LeBron James- the king of mental focus

"If you don't fight for what you want, what will you fight for?" Commentary at Roland Garros tennis match.

One of the hardest lessons to learn while chasing your dream is a lil something called focus. All athletes have this quality in spades. Focus is all about centering in on your goal and what you need to do to accomplish it.

My second year of college, I had zilch in the focus department. I was dancing on tables and snorting, well, we won't go into that- but anyways, lets just say, focus wasn't even in my vocabulary. Nowadays, winning the mental battle when chasing a dream is everything.

A few years ago, Vogue magazine did a story on LeBron James. At the time, he was on top of the world-focused and driven. Vogue summed him best"He sinks ball after ball in a shooting drill. And then-a bad shot, a little off. As the next ball reaches his hand, he pauses, just for a millisecond, as if hitting the reboot button. Next shot and all the ones following-dead on."

LeBron learned to readjust himself. I have to say, the 2011 version of LeBron isn't my fave. The more I keep hearing and watching, the more frustrated I get. Maybe Mr. James is unknowingly teaching us a lesson. Find our focus.

The future is bright, my friends. And its waiting for us.


Robin said...

Sometimes I think that focus [which is just another word for self discipline, in my world] is the single most important tool I have in my toolbox. So much of what I do is just the result of focus. No special ability required, just focus.

shelly said...

Yes. The future is bright. It's up to us to make it even brighter. Yep...yep...yep...yep!

Janiel Miller said...

I love it when it turns out that the answers are this simple. Not necessarily easy, but simple. Goals are much easier to hold onto and work on when it comes down to one or two main things.

I also love what Robin said about it not even being about ability in many cases: just a whole lot of focus. Ability helps, obviously, but without the focus or discipline, ability is not relevant.

Thanks, gals!

jjsundevil said...

babygirl i love that U have planned this post for months and lebrons stinking

bad karma is you but I luvs you

jjsundevil said...

And your party mode isnt missed at all luvie duvie

MANDY said...

Focus....well, that is what I should be doing right now....focusing on writing my 21 report cards instead of blogging! But, when I do focus, I get 'em done and done good! Athletes, writers, doctors, lawyers....even grade 3 students...we all need to focus. With that focus, and some drive, we can all master anything. Great post Russo!