The LeBron James Formula
LeBron James didn’t just wake up and become an NBA champion. The dude has been working his ass off everyday, crafting his skill since he was playing hoops for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars. I’ve been watching this guy since we was at St. Vs, which was 30 mins down the road from me. He entered the NBA in 2003 and didn’t win a championship until 2012. That’s 9 years after he entered the league. That’s a lot of basketball. A lot of practice. A lot of time. A lot of patience. A lot of WORK.
Here’s his secret formula. He shows up. Everyday and works. Day in and day out. He sticks to the schedule. Sticks to the plan. He does the work. Now many of you hate on this man, which is fine, as it’s always easy to hate on the man on top. But take his secret formual and just work. Just do it, especially when you don’t feel like it. This is type of mindset and work ethic is so fucking valuable that it is literally all you will need to do to become better at whatever you’re trying to get better at.
Don’t be afraid of the work. Show up.
It’s hard. I get it. I’m there with you. Every single day. It’s one of the hardest things to do. Putting in the work when you don’t feel like it. Right now I’m feeling it. But the vision, the only way this comes to fruition is by putting in the work.
Working towards your vision and goals is not a sometime thing. You can’t just work on it when you feel inspired or motivated or when life allows you to. Think about it. How often are you inspired and motivated to work on your goals and vision? I’m guessing but not often. That’s why most of us won’t accomplish anything.
Work is a skill. It needs to be practiced.
But here is part of the issue. To many of us jump in head first and try to put in 16 hour days of work like Gary Vee. But guess what you’re not Gary. Dude’s been grinding just like LeBron. You see these guys and think that they got there over night. You go from 0 to 100 overnight and end up crashing and burning. Then in your fireball of wreck you talk shit on how others just got lucky and how that would be you if you just got this or just got that. Sorry, thats not how it works. Want to get luck? Go to work.
It’s like those of you that have never worked out before. Then one day you decide you want to change your body and you go do Crossfit 7 days a week and in the blink of an eye you’ve blown your shoulder out, tore your knee apart, and all of a sudden got rhabdo. After all that you’re like “fuck this.”
It’s to much to soon.
We all have been genetically gifted with different attributes.
Work is no differnet. If you’re not use to putting in the time or the work to go after your goals and vision then maybe start with just 5 minutes a day. Then the next day go 10 minutes. Then 15, 20, 30, 40 etc.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
Don’t worry about performance worry about practice. Can’t get to the Ship if you haven’t put in the time on the court or field.
You know what LeBron did when the Heat lost to he Mavericks in the 2011 finals? He spent the offseason working with Hakeem Olajuwon on his post game. Arguably the greatest player in the NBA right now sought out a mentor to get better at his craft. And in the 2011–2012 season LeBron was a fucking beast in the post. One year his post game was garbage but after putting in the work for a whole offseason dude became a monster.
He put the work in. He started playing basketball probably in the late 80’s early 90's.
Seriously wrap your mind around that. Over 20 years of playing basketball before he became a champion.
Have you put in any kind of work remotely close to that? Any? What you’ve been working for 6 months and want to quit?
Then you don’t want it bad enough.
Most of you sit here and hate on the man but what many of you fail to realize is how much work they have put in. Yes he has been genetically gifted as an athlete BUT we all have been genetically gifted with different attributes.
Think about that.
We all have our strengths (gifts). You know what you’re good at but you just compare yourself to everybody else about how you lost the genetic lottery. Change your perspective. You won the genetic lottery. You were born in the greatest era of man kind to do shit with your life.
LeBron just took his gifts and worked his ass off to make shit happen.
He did the work.
Set a schedule for the task you are trying to accomplish. And stick to it. This teaches you to persevere through the tough times and the days you don’t feel like doing shit. These are important lessons that need to be learned as you continue on your journey towards your vision. You’ll never regret doing the work that’s important.
Anybody who has accomplished anything has faced days where they felt like quitting. Days where they rather stay in bed and not show up. You need to step the fuck up and get the work done. Especially when you don’t feel like it. This will create discipline to commit to what is important to you instead of just saying it’s important to you. Cliche time…don’t talk about it be about it.