Michael Jordan is arguably one of the greats of his time. Great at overcoming adversity. Great at mastering his inner game. Great at focusing on his mental game through his entire career.
Why am I talking about Michael Jordan and why now?
We watched the latest documentary on Netflix featuring Michael Jordan and the rise of the Chicago Bulls.
We watched the final episode this week and we wanted to share some gold nuggets with you.
Michael lost his father tragically and unexpectedly. This didn't stop him from pursuing his dream which surprisingly, wasn't to become the greatest basketball player there ever was, but to be the greatest baseball player there ever was.
When his father died, he transitioned from basketball to baseball, honouring his promise to his father, and following through on his dream.
Becoming a baseball player was like learning how to walk all over again. Despite knowing the game and playing the game as a child, making it as a professional, was literally a whole new ball game for him. The media had a "field" day. He was ridiculed. He was criticised.
He overcame the criticism. He didn't allow that to stop him from pursuing his passion. He looked within to find the answers to his questions.
But that got us thinking. Why would someone who is great at basketball, not just stick with what he knows? Maybe he reached a pinnacle, a comfort zone, a point where he felt he was no longer pushing himself to be more, maybe he reached a certain ceiling for himself at the time.
Whatever the reason, we take our hat off to him, for what he did. He honoured the promise he made to his father. He pursued his real passion and when he realised he could do more, he felt the fire burning within, to come back to basketball.
When we feel like we are no longer growing, it is up to us to challenge ourselves. It is up to us to step out of comfort zones and try something new, something different.
The minute we commit to growing, something else becomes available. We can continue to keep bringing that edge, that extra something.
It is an amazing watch. Michael Jordan not only committed to turning himself out. He did what he knew to do, to turn others out too. Maybe he did push people out of their comfort zones, but that feeling of uncomfortable let them all rise to the heights they did as a team.
When you focus on what you want, when you look inside, when you're introspective, everything you have ever wanted will wait for you on the other side of your own self discovery.
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, some make it happen." - Michael Jordan
What are you getting for yourself in this blog, that you can apply to the way you approach gaming or literally anything else in your life?