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10 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re A Basketball Player

10 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re A Basketball Player

It is an interesting thing to play basketball. Basketball is a universal sport played all over the world by people of different age, race and background. For a basketball player, playing basketball means being tasked with putting a round ball through a circular hoop ten feet off the ground. Yet there are certain things only a basketball player will understand. Here are ten of them.

1. You understand playing as a team

Basketball is a team game which can feature people of all sorts whether men, women, boys, girls, teenagers adults, senior citizens, anyone. You have to understand team spirit to play basketball.

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2. You know there will be mistakes

You cannot get it right all at once. Even when you do, there will be a lot of missed shots at the basket. Some days you will be on, some days you will be off. As a basketball player you have to understand the learning process; that you have to make mistakes and keep going.

3. You get the idea of “offense and defense”

Some will say basketball is a simple game. But it all comes down to how you can prevent an opponent from putting a round ball through a circular hoop or putting that round ball through a circular hoop. It is offensive and defensive.

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4. You know that it’s all about trying

Winning a game depends on how many times you are able to throw a ball into the basket more than your opposing team. It is about the numbers of successful attempts you are going to make.

5. A basketball game can be a therapy

Once you play basketball, your mind is taken away from the day to day anxiety and struggles of life. Basketball is a therapy. The court is a sanctuary that provides a shoulder for you to lean on, while the hoop provides a reassurance. While playing the game can be soothing enough, it allows you to cope with anything, from beak ups to stress, to heartache and life’s many dramas.

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6. You understand the game’s indifference

The game is not there to judge you from your many mistakes in life or to interrupt you. It doesn’t hold you back with sympathies but seeks your readiness and willingness to participate.

7. You understand that it is a game, but also is more than just a game

After all is said and done basketball is a game that is to be loved and played. It could turn out to be a game equivalent to what your life becomes. It could become a bond with strangers or a family. It could become a running theme to get you going daily. It could go beyond everything else you are attached to, the work, the family, the friends, the house, the car and the possessions. It could be the most exciting period of your day.

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Featured photo credit: Handsome male playing basketball outdoor via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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