There is nothing like March Madness as we all think of basketball's greatest champions in coming together. We consider the Cinderella stories where the underdogs like David take on the giants like Sampson. This is why we are all such fans of s"the "underdog" and have compassion and mercy against the "big dogs" of the NCAA.
Since becoming a Character Coach, I have learned that I am the last person to ever teach about character. Years ago, Dr. Bill Bright and I were talking in his condo in Orlando as he was in his last "days" of life. He had written a book on the Character of God and a video series talking about how much we all need character.
Dr. Bright had naturally humility about everything he did, and yet scores of people have been added to the kingdom of God because of his amazing multiplication ministry called now, CRU and formerly known as Campus Crusade For Christ. He encouraged me to see how my own "failures" did not disqualify me from sharing God's greatest gift, His son.
So when the season of basketball in the NCAA comes around, I am always thrilled to talk about sports and the impact they have on young people. The pageantry of the competition is large enough, but the struggles, the last second free throws and the nail biting moments are the excitement of college basketball's largest stage on television.
While the lights and the cameras are always thrilling, it led me to consider the times when the lights were nowhere around. Brent Price told me that while he was in the NBA he remembered how his father told him as a young boy, "Take 1000 shots a week". While others were outside playing games, hanging doing video, Brent was practicing. No lights anywhere, but the spotlight on the driveway lighting up the basket at night. He became the best because of PRACTICE.
Do you practice what you preach? For many years I have loved the words from St. Francis of Assisi who said, "Preach, and if you have to...use words." I have not always done this, but I am working each and every day to make my life count more than my words. It's not easy to take a stand today on life's most important principals, but we must. It won't be popular.
People may hate you when you are not looking, but you must keep practicing and doing what is right because this is the only right way to live. Wouldn't it be great if we could all just be "free" and give our time and talents away? However, if you want something, you learn the powerful value in putting a price toward the end goal. Practice, it really works.
So we close with this final word to those who did not make it to the FINAL FOUR. Thank you for the hard work, for your challenging season of wins and for competing. It may not seem you were a championship team, but you were. You practiced and you are to be very congratulated. Keep practicing and you never know...maybe next year.
Sports teaches how to deal with failing more than any other interaction in social arenas and also instills discipline and perseverance, which produces character. Thank you for the consistency of placing character at the top of your game in life. If you are wondering about character, practicing for success, then take some time to learn more. You will be stronger for it and more equipped in life.
Dr. K is also called "Coach KMAC" and is a veteran filmmaker, speaker and author and coach who's been coaching hoops in the NCAA for 22 years with different University and leading schools with Bob Hoffman, Men's Basketball coach. His unique FILM COACH style is how this blog rolls.
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