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Valuable Quotes From LeBron James That Everyone Can Relate To

Valuable Quotes From LeBron James That Everyone Can Relate To

Love him or hate him, LeBron James is a winner. He is an athlete, a success story, an Ohio native, and he is tall. At 6’8″, LeBron James towers over some of the competition. But win or lose, he does not let life or basketball get him down. Throughout his career, LeBron has continuously strived for greatness, starting as the overall first pick of the 2003 NBA draft, and then setting an NBA record in his first game as a Cavalier, and going on to become Rookie of the Year that same season.

LeBron has been criticized by the media for having poor defense as a rookie, for his play in pressure situations, the way he handled his free agent period, for his decision to join the Miami Heat, and more. He has also been ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s most influential athletes.

LeBron James is not just an athlete, a ridiculously tall, good looking, powerful, influential guy, he is also an avid philanthropist. In addition to supporting the Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Defense Fund, and ONEXONE, he established his own organization: the LeBron James Family Foundation, and also provides scholarships to students through the University of Akron.

Not raised with a silver spoon, LeBron James was born to a 16-year-old single mother, and his childhood was a struggle in Akron, OH. At 9 years old, he moved in with a youth football coach and was introduced to the game of basketball. Now, as an almost-31-year-old, LeBron is married with kids of his own: Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri, and he gets to introduce his kids to basketball and share his own values.

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Never one to allow a stereotype to label him, LeBron is far from a dumb jock. Let’s see what he has to say.

1. “Maybe my pain was motivation.”

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    I love this quote. For some, pain will bring them down and allow them to become bitter and world-weary. For others, they will use their pain, their experiences, and their pasts to push them forward to a better and brighter future, using it as motivation to be great.

    2. “Ask me to steal, block out, sacrifice, lead, dominate. Anything. But it’s not what you ask of me, it’s what I ask of myself.”

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    ask

      LeBron has a great quote here. Anyone can ask anything of you, but what can you ask of yourself? How do you push yourself, how do you improve?

      3. “I like criticism. It makes you strong.”

      criticism

        So true, LeBron, so true. And trust me, not being able to take real (and constructive) criticism is a true detriment to you and your career and future. Don’t get defensive, learn from it!

        4. “You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed. You’re not gonna succeed all the time and I know that.”

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        failure

          Failure happens. Life isn’t fair. You will not be the best or succeed at everything you do, it’s just not possible. Learn from the failure and move forward a better, stronger person. Learn from it and it will allow you to succeed (or fail less) next time. Success is built on failing first and building up again.

          5. “I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.”

          basketball

            It may be a game, but it’s not “just” a game.

            6. “I hate letting my teammates down. I know I’m not going to make every shot. Sometimes I try to make the right play, and if it results in a loss, I feel awful. I don’t feel awful because I have to answer questions about it. I feel awful in that locker room because I could have done something more to help my teammates win.”

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            letting down

              LeBron is awesome. He cares more about his team’s success as a whole than his own as a singular entity. This is the true meaning of a team player. Go Cavs!

              7. ” I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.”

              last day

                Life is short, play the game you love with every single bit of energy and vitality you have. Someday, there will come a day where you won’t be playing anymore.

                8. “There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.”

                pressures

                  It’s hard not to put pressure on yourself to always kick butt, always win, always be the best. LeBron knows there is a whole world of basketball fans putting pressure on his shoulders, and he is trying not to put even more on himself. I love his attitude.

                  Learning from LeBron James: criticism helps you get better, failure happens but you get back up again to succeed, and it’s all about the team.

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                  Last Updated on November 26, 2019

                  How to Motivate Yourself: 13 Simple Ways to Try Now

                  How to Motivate Yourself: 13 Simple Ways to Try Now

                  Who needs Tony Robbins when you can motivate yourself? Overcoming the emotional hurdle to get stuff done when you’d rather sit on the couch isn’t always easy. But unless calling in sick and waking up at noon have no consequences for you, it’s often a must.

                  For those of you who never procrastinate, distract yourself or drag your feet when you should be doing something important, well done so far! But for the rest of you, it’s good to have a library of motivational boosters to move along.

                  Despite your best efforts, passion, habits and a flow-producing environment can fail. In that case, it’s time to find whatever emotional pump-up you can use to get started.

                  Whether you’re starting a business, trying to los weight or breaking a bad habit, you’ll learn how to motivate yourself with different techniques here:

                  1. Go Back to “Why”

                  Focusing on a dull task doesn’t make it any more attractive. Zooming out and asking yourself why you are bothering in the first place will make it more appealing.

                  If you can’t figure out why, then there’s a good chance you shouldn’t bother with it in the first place.

                  2. Go for Five

                  Start working for five minutes. Often that little push will be enough to get you going.

                  3. Move Around

                  Get your body moving as you would if you were extremely motivated to do something. This ‘faking it’ approach to motivation may seem silly or crude but it works.

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                  4. Find the Next Step

                  If it seems impossible to work on a project for you, you can try to focus on the next immediate step.

                  Fighting an amorphous blob of work will only cause procrastination. Chunk it up so that it becomes manageable. Learn how to stop procrastinating in this guide.

                  5. Find Your Itch

                  What is keeping you from working? Don’t let the itch continue without isolating it and removing the problem.

                  Are you unmotivated because you feel overwhelmed, tired, afraid, bored, restless or angry? Maybe it is because you aren’t sure you have time or delegated tasks haven’t been finished yet?

                  6. Deconstruct Your Fears

                  I’m sure you don’t have a phobia about getting stuff done. But at the same time, hidden fears or anxieties can keep you from getting real work completed.

                  Isolate the unknowns and make yourself confident, you can handle the worst case scenario.

                  7. Get a Partner

                  Find someone who will motivate you when you’re feeling lazy. I have a friend I go to the gym with. Besides spotting weight, having a friend can help motivate you to work hard when you’d normally quit.

                  8. Kickstart Your Day

                  Plan out tomorrow. Get up early and place all the important things early in the morning. Building momentum early in the day can usually carry you forward far later.

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                  Having a morning routine is a good idea for you to stay motivated!

                  9. Read Books

                  Read not just self-help or motivational books but any book that has new ideas. New ideas get your mental gears turning and can build motivation. Here’re more reasons to read every day.

                  Learning new ideas puts your brain in motion so it requires less time to speed up to your tasks.

                  10. Get the Right Tools

                  Your environment can have a profound effect on your enthusiasm. Computers that are too slow, inefficient applications or a vehicle that breaks down constantly can kill your motivation.

                  Building motivation is almost as important as avoiding the traps that can stop it.

                  11. Be Careful with the Small Problems

                  The worst killer of motivation is facing a seemingly small problem that creates endless frustration.

                  Reframe little problems that must be fixed as bigger ones or they will kill any drive you have.

                  12. Develop a Mantra

                  Find a few statements that focus your mind and motivate you. It doesn’t matter whether they are pulled from a tacky motivational poster or just a few words to tell you what to do.

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                  If you aren’t sure where to start, a good personal mantra is “Do it now!” You can find more here too: 7 Empowering Affirmations That Will Help You Be Mentally Strong

                  13. Build on Success

                  Success creates success. When you’ve just won, it is easy to feel motivated about almost anything. Emotions tend not to be situation specific, so a small win, whether it is a compliment from a colleague or finishing two thirds of your tasks before noon can turn you into a juggernaut.

                  There are many ways you can place small successes earlier on to spur motivation later. Structuring your to-do lists, placing straightforward tasks such as exercising early in the day or giving yourself an affirmation can do the trick.

                  Bonus: Staying Motivated Forever

                  The best way to motivate yourself is to organize your life so you don’t have to. If work is a constant battle for you, perhaps it is time to start thinking about a new job. The idea is that explicit motivational techniques should be a backup, not your regular routine.

                  Here are some other things to consider making work flow more naturally:

                  Passion

                  Do things you have a passion for. We all have to do things we don’t want to. But if life has become a chronic source of dull chores, you’ve got a big problem that needs fixing.

                  Not sure what your passion is to get you motivated? This will help you: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                  Habits

                  You can’t put everything on autopilot. I’ve found putting a few core habits in place creates a structure for the day.

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                  Waking up at the same time, working at the same times and having a similar productive routine makes it easier to do the next day.

                  This guide will be useful for you if you’re looking to build good habits: Understand Your Habits to Control Them 100%

                  Flow

                  Flow is the state where your mind is completely focused on the task at hand. While there are many factors that go into producing this state, having the right challenge level is a big part.

                  Find ways to tweak your tasks so they hover in that sweet spot between boredom and maddening frustration.

                  Easily distracted and hard to focus? Here’s your solution.

                  Final Thoughts

                  With all these tips I’ve shared with you, now you know what to do when you’re feeling unmotivated.

                  Find your passion and develop a positive mantra so when the next time negativity hits you again, you know how to stay positive and motivated!

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