Winners, Win.

Warriors, wow.

Oklahoma City, this had to be tough to swallow.

Last night, Gina and I devoted our evening to this game. We went out for oysters, and sat at the bar for the entire 48 minutes. Both being huge NBA fans, and Curry fans, this was a must-watch event. What we saw was a team, in Golden State, who just couldn’t seem to pull ahead for the first 43 minutes.

Golden State was down by 3 after 1.

Golden State was down by 5 at halftime.

Golden State entered the fourth down by 8.

But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about sports, or life in general, it’s that “Winners, Win.” It’s what they do. You see, the first 43 minutes didn’t matter. In fact, the first 4 games of the series (when GS was down 3-1), didn’t matter. The ONLY thing that matters, to winners, is that WHEN it matters, they pull through. Klay Thompson had the game of his life last night. He set an NBA-record for 3s in a playoff game (11), and finished with 41 points on 11/18 shooting from downtown. His 3-point shooting percentage (61%) was almost as good as OKC’s free throw percentage (68%). Klay and Steph combined for a +27 point differential when on the court, compared to a combined -12 point differential for Westbrook/Durant. This is because as good as Westbrook and Durant are, and they are good, they are not winners.

They don’t win.

Steph and Klay ONLY win. And that’s the biggest difference.

OKC has been to the finals once, and lost. GS went to the finals once (last year), and won.

OKC gave up 15 4th quarter leads this season. GS lost 9 games, total.

To some people, individual play and stats are everything. Peyton Manning was notorious for this. Peyton had some of the best individual statistics of any QB in NFL history. I remember when he threw his 500th TD pass. It was the 1st quarter, game was far from over, but he walked off the field, waving to the fans as if he was just crowned Superbowl MVP. And that got me thinking, what would Tom Brady do in that same situation? My guess, nothing. That’s because to Tom, the only stat he tracks is 4. 4 Superbowls. That’s it.

The biggest difference between winners and great players is great players focus on “playing well” and winners focus on “winning.” That’s it.

Tom Brady in Superbowls: 4-2.

Peyton Manning in Superbowls: 2-2.

Kobe Bryant / Michael Jordan in NBA Finals: 11-2.

Lebron James in NBA Finals: 2-4.

Nick Saban in Nat’l Championship games: 5-0.

Bob Stoops in Nat’l Championships: 1-2.

Winners win. They don’t care about their stats, their minutes, or how they play individually. They don’t care what happened in the first 3 quarters, only the scoreboard at the end. Last night, you witness 2 great players on OKC who are just that –> Great Players, lose to 2 great players on GS who are more than just great players, they’re winners.

When it matters most, winners win. It’s the oldest rule in sports, and that’s why I like GS in game 7…. by a lot.

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Distracted

Some days, I just feel distracted. Sometimes, I blame it on support. I’m in the middle of doing something, and a call comes in. Other times, I blame people, I’m at Rose Cafe right now, trying to get work done, and a woman from Gold’s (who I’m not particularly fond of), comes up and talks to me for half an hour. Why does this happen?

 

The truth is, I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I’m always ‘behind.’ I’m always playing ‘catch up’ at work, and I have to balance the things I have to do now, the things I should have done yesterday, and the things I’d like to do before tomorrow. But if I could eliminate all the things that I should have done yesterday (by doing them yesterday), maybe I wouldn’t feel so distracted? Sometimes I think distraction is just a way for me to “escape.” It’s like drinking or partying, it’s used to escape my current situation. Not that I need to escape from it, but because I feel overwhelmed by it. I have so much going on, that I can’t focus on what’s in front of me. And maybe it’s because I always bite off more than I can chew, or maybe it’s because I am a procrastinator and I only take care of what’s absolutely essential every day, instead of going above and beyond to reach my goals. Whatever it is, it needs to change.

 

For now, until I can nail down the root problem, I’m going to blame the procrastination, and not finishing everything I want to for the day before the day is over. I think if I finish everything i want to do, every day, I’ll be able to be more “present” in the moment, and not want to throw a woman from Gold’s through the window when she tries to talk to me.
Anyway, just a thought. I’m going to get to work. Over and out!

Great Week

“It’s not what you get that makes you happy, it’s who you become.”

This week, so far, has been incredible. I’ve been extremely effective, and efficient. I’ve done sales outreach every day, I’ve put Sales first, I’ve been good with my money, and my food intake. Gym has been great as well. I am feeling rejuvenated!!

What I’ve realized is, reaching my goals makes me happy. THAT is what makes me happy. That’s it. Everything else is just fluff. Just smoke and mirrors. The only way to truly be happy is to do what you love, and guess what, my goals are set up to put me in a position that I love being in.

“It’s not what you get that makes you happy, it’s who you become.” – Tony Robbins.

So true, so true.

I have a ton of goals for this weekend, and I’m going to accomplish all of them. I’m focused right now, and I love it. There is nothing better than accomplishing your goals. Yes, I’ve gotten up early every day. I’m tired, but I’m not. I feel full of energy! And why?? Because reaching my goals energizes me! This is why I used to always be so happy and outgoing, because I was super energetic and excited for life!! And I was excited because I was reaching my goals!! That’s it. It’s that simple.
That’s the theme of the weekend – “If you want to be happy, set your goals and work towards them relentlessly. Don’t stop until you reach them.” – Brian Foley