Lebron’s Shot heard round the world

Everyone who watched the post game press conference heard it. It even took me a little by surprise. It seemed like he was saying, “Go back to your miserable little lives, I’m still LeBron and you’re not!”. I’ve read it over and over again to make sure that I didn’t miss something but then I remembered what I felt when I heard him speak and that’s what it felt like. It actually felt like he pulled it back just a bit. He spoke about everyone having their personal problems and inferred that once the haters are no longer getting joy out of his pain that they’ll have to return to the problems of their own lives. My question is, “what’s so wrong with that?”

Why are we so inflamed about wanting to see someone else NOT achieve their goals and dreams? And what does that say about the amount of energy and focus we’re putting into achieving our own. I don’t know LeBron personally but I do know three things for sure.

1) He was gifted with an enormous amount of God given athletic ability.
2) He has put in an extraordinary amount of work to get to where he is.
3) Like all of us, the young man still has work to do mentally, spiritually and emotionally to reach and experience his true potential. (Working on a pull up jumper and a post game wouldn’t hurt either)

What can we take away from this firestorm he’s created for himself? It seems to me that the more energy I put into other people living their dreams the less I have for my own. It also seems that the more time I spend rooting against someone else the more it feels like I’m rooting against myself. Why not take that energy and put it into your own hopes and dreams? Why not take that time and really think about where you want your life to go, make a plan of how to get there, then put every ounce of your being into executing your plan? That’s really what LeBron is saying after all. No athlete should become a substitute for our own dreams. We don’t have to find our fulfillment through someone else’s success or failure. Why not follow LeBron’s example and discover our innate god given abilities, work as hard as we can to express those to the fullest and speak truth in the face of adversity?

Public humiliation is hard to swallow and LeBron just received his with two scoops.Did he handle it gracefully, no. Did any of us handle things gracefully in our 20’s? Of course not. Personally, I was a fool till I turned 40. I just didn’t know it. I don’t mind that he’s not contrite. I don’t expect it. He didn’t get to where he is by backing down from a challenge. I am also not going to invest any of my God given creative energies into hoping for his further public humiliation. He got his. Maybe it’s time for us to focus in and go get ours too.

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NBA Finals and auditioning

Well the NBA finals are over. I want to say congratulations to all the Dallas fans. The Mavs were amazing and Miami was, well, disappointing. Even the most talented people can fall short in the big moment. So much goes into being great in the moment. It’s easy to fall short if you’re not properly prepared. It’s also possible to be great, even if you aren’t the most talented. With proper preparation and focused intent anyone can find the greatness within them. It’s a lesson that I’ve encountered over and over again in life.

Acting and auditioning are performance arts just like athletics. I find myself constantly looking for how to prepare myself better for the moment. It always comes back to one thing, FOCUS. If I can get myself focused and get prepared, then I know for certain that I will be on top of my game when I get to the audition.

The audition is like the elimination game of the NBA Finals. You know someone is coming with their A game and if it’s not you, you’ll be going home. What we don’t see is how much preparation goes into getting to the finals. How many nights are spent in the gym alone when everyone else is out having a good time. How much attention to detail is put in to doing the smallest things right. How much energy goes into staying focused even when things aren’t going your way and knowing and believing that you will reach your goals. That kind of accomplishment takes years and incredible fortitude against seemingly insurmountable odds. Yet people, who are clearly not the most talented, achieve an elite level of success all the time. Each of us has that kind of intestinal fortitude within us. We just have to call on it and be willing to make the sacrifices that will get us there.

Dealing with pressure

Do you ever find yourself in the biggest audition of your life? That’s a lot of pressure. a friend of mine was in that situation recently. She asked me if I had any advice. I did. Stay focused. The mind wants to go to a million different places when you’re sitting in the hot seat but there’s really only two distractions that stress you out;

1. There’s something you want to happen and you’re afraid it won’t.
2. There’s something you don’t want to happen and you’re afraid it will.

Let those thoughts go and focus on one thing. Focus on what you’re here to do. Focus on the moment. Focus on breathing slowly and evenly. Focus on the moment. It brings you back to what’s important. Focus on what you can control instead of what you can’t.Focus on the moment. If you can do that, when you enter the audition room you’ll be calmer, focused, determined and ready to let your light shine in spite of the pressure.