We all have a natural tendency to compete and the desire to be victorious after any game or challenge. Nobody likes to lose, at least nobody that I know. The final purpose on the basketball court is to win the game. But it is almost inevitable not to lose a game, or two, or maybe too many. And sometimes after feeling bad of losing so much, we want to quit. It is like we also have a natural tendency to give up too soon.
Nobody has ever enjoyed the view on top of the mountain before enduring the suffering of the climb. It is well known that mostly everything we want to achieve in life demands from us a sacrifice of some kind. If we want something, we need to work hard to get it. Coaches around the world keep pushing and motivating young players to continue the painful road to victory and success in the midst of quitting talents not patient enough to grow and wait for their time to see the satisfying results of persistent training.
Champions do not become champions when they win an event, but in the hours, weeks, and months, and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely a demonstration of their championship character.
- Michael Jordan
Before we quit, we need to understand that everything takes time, everything. During that time, and choosing to be patient, we just need to add a couple of factors to the equation of success:
( Preparation X Perseverance ) + Time = Victory!
This expression is definitely a call to take positive action over and over again for as long as it takes to achieve the desired goal. Nothing else will work unless we do it.
During the preparation process, we are developing ourselves to become experts at a specific task. This is an endless process in which, like Tim Duncan said: “Until your good is better and your better is best, never let it rest.” We may surely fail and be rejected during this process, and that is precisely the result of the first steps of preparation.
Perseverance is the must to be added ingredient to reach the final purpose and I love the following two descriptions I found in the dictionary:
- Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
- The continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
Let´s just apply both of these concepts, all the time.
Like I mentioned before, there will always be obstacles and failures along the way, and that is fine. But let´s not call them that. With a positive attitude, let´s call them lessons, which are meant to teach us and remind us we are still on the path to improvement. With perseverance and time, we’ll get there. Never give up!
Victory loves preparation. Preparation requires tenacity and perseverance. If you want to be successful, your opportunity will came in time if you practice and prepare over and over again.