It’s always going to be a lot going on around you, especially in today’s world. Don’t get distracted! Stay Focused! Stay the course! Trust God! Trust the process!
Every time I feel pulled in too many directions, I constantly remind myself to stay focused and have faith. It took me what seemed to be a long time to grasp this process. I mean realistically, I was probably around 28 or 29, and I’m only 34. I was raised by two great fun-loving parents and had an awesome big brother who helped heavily shape my success and keeps me motivated to this day.
Because of them, I went on to become the WBCA and McDonalds All American MVP, then went to play for my dream school The University of Tennessee and played for my dream coach Pat Head Summitt. I mean life felt amazing. I’m in college getting a free education and winning championships left and right.
I thought, “It doesn’t get much better than this.”
But it did….
I was drafted number four overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft!!!! Now, all my dreams had come true. I lived on cloud nine the six few years that I played in the league.
Yep, you guessed it! I lost my focus. I hadn’t discovered my purpose, nor did I take the time to try and figure it out. I took for granted the position I was in as a professional athlete.
What am I talking about?
I’m talking about not getting in the gym as much as I should, not listening to people that have been there and done that. I lost respect for the grind and what put me in beast mode. I got comfortable.
Coach Summitt used to say, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable,” and I preach the same thing to all players and teams.
You have to always push yourself to new heights. You have to try new things. You have to add to your game. You have to take care of your body. You have to be in great shape mentally and physically. You have to stay hungry.
So, the reason I only lasted six short years is that I didn’t stay focused. I always wanted to be around my friends and do what they are doing, never stopping to realize that I need to be doing things necessary to be the best at my craft.
Reaching your goals and making your dream come true takes a lot of hard work. As a coach, I take it personally to get the very best out of girls, just like the influential coaches throughout my career did to me. My only focus and reason for doing what I do are to allow young girls to not only learn from a successful woman that was once a young girl just learning the game like they are, but also help these girls develop good character.
Finding my purpose in teaching, coaching, mentoring, and training basketball is what keeps me focused. Knowing that every single day is a new opportunity to positively influence someone in some way using basketball as a vehicle, is truly a blessing.
Thank you to all the parents and players that allow me to help teach their child the game and be a positive role model.
This is the most focused, determined, and committed to basketball I have been since I was that kid growing up in WV trying hard to get a scholarship to Tennessee.
Exciting times ahead!
Pursuing my passion while serving my purpose of teaching the game and touching young lives.