Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Last 2 Minutes

There's a saying in basketball that goes something like this, when a team loses by 10 or more points the players are to blame and if the loss is by anything less than five then it’s the coach’s fault.

Coaches generally carry the heavy burden of losing when a team is going through a tough stretch. If a team under performs or fails to win consistently then the onus is on the coach to motivate, inspire and manufacture wins any way possible.

One motivating tactic many coaches use is to break the game down and set up small digestible milestones for players to understand.

For example, coaches will encourage their players to win the last two minutes of every quarter. This tactic moves the focus away from what has happened to what can occur with a bit of focus. It doesn’t matter how badly the game started or what the current score is.

The job is to take control of the last two minutes and finish strong.

Dan Green asks in his video, Finish Strong, `How will you choose to respond to the challenge before you.

He reminds us that the choice always remains ours to make.

We encounter challenging or tough situations on a daily basis but it is important to remember that our attitude and beliefs that will always guide our actions.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France - French poet, journalist, and novelist.

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1 comment:

  1. I was so inspired to read your blog about the importance of the last two minutes in a basketball game.

    At the moment I am finalizing months of grueling assessments, that's stumped even the most experienced in the class.

    I am now on a two week extension to the finish line.

    When it's completed I will have a national qualification as Certified Trainer, so my livelihood as much as my self esteem is invested in this.

    Reading this today of all days tells me your message was delivered on the wings of an angel.


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