We will only be as strong as the source of our strength. When life gets hard—we feel rejected by friends or we perform poorly in sports or at school or we feel pressured to follow the crowd toward wrong choices—it is our source of strength that will determine how we respond.
You had do not have to possess amazing talents to make a big difference. You do not have to super wealthy or super smart or super impressive to make a big difference. However, you must possess a BIG vision if you are going to make a BIG difference with your life.
Every person fails at some point. Whether with grades, friends, sports, parents or with God, every person finds themselves thinking, “This is not where I want to be.” At that point you can either accept defeat or you can refocus your attention, effort, mind and body.
The game of basketball was meant to be played from their heart. Teams who take the court with a sense of urgency have a great advantage. Life is the same way. God designed you to live your life with your whole-heart.
Every person in life makes a difference—for better or worse. Every person chooses between living just to get what he or she wants versus living to make others lives stronger and better.
True leadership refuses to look “out the window” to blame others and instead “looks in the mirror” to accept responsibility. When a whole team does this—the impact is amazing!
To truly influence people—to truly make the kind of difference that causes them to respect and follow your life, you have to be a servant. There is a phrase we use to describe the truly great players in basketball—we say: “They make all of their teammates better.”
Arrogance seeks to make an impression. Humility seeks to make an impact. Arrogance focuses attention on its own successes. Humility focuses attention on others’ success. Arrogance leads to division. Humility leads to unity.
Every day you are building your reputation. Every day you are forming your character. Every day you will be tempted to take a shortcut—tell a little lie, cheat just enough to get what you want, do something when no one is looking that you know is wrong. And every day—with each choice you make—you are deciding who you will be.