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Why is it so important to dream big?

How big are your dreams?

One of my former players, Anthony Lamb, has recently made his dream come true.  That dream, you ask?  Very simple… Playing in the NBA.  Anthony played four years at the University of Vermont, then entered the 2020 NBA Draft.  He was not drafted, but had a nice start to his professional career in the G-League this season.  Then, on March 8th, he was called up to join the Houston Rockets roster.  Anthony has since played in all five games, most recently scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds in their game Wednesday against the Warriors.  You can officially say, Anthony’s dream has come true.  Congrats, Anthony.  In the #CJJblog this week, I talk about why it’s so important to dream big and how Anthony was able to make his childhood dream a reality.  Enjoy.

  • Discover it.  In middle school, Anthony became a gym rat and worked his butt off to become great.  Have a passion?  Put in the work.
  • Dream big. You should set a big, lifetime goal for yourself.  When I first coached Anthony, as a freshman in high school, his goal was to receive a scholarship to play basketball at a D-1 college.  Are your dreams big enough?
  • Be clear. Are you clear about your goals and what you dream of achieving one day?  It’s also equally as important you are clear about the commitment your dreams will require of you.  Anthony lost 25 lbs from his freshman to sophomore year because he was committed to his fitness.
  • Get better. Are you consistently improving?  Develop the work ethic to improve and move toward your goal each and every day.
  • Are you someone who wants to be coached?  Anthony not only was coached by me during the season, but he also had strength trainers and offseason coaches working with him year-round.
  • How is your mental toughness?  Do you use imagery to visualize yourself achieving your goals?  Anthony was one of the best I’ve ever coached at using mental imagery before games.
  • Embrace challenges. Your road to success will be rocky.  How do you respond to adversity?  Anthony went to a small mid-major, bounced around in the G-League, then his dream came true as a member of the Rockets.
  • Never give up. Is this the type of mindset you have each day?  Do whatever it takes to live out your dreams.
  • “We” over “me” at all times.  Always be a team player and let your actions speak the loudest.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson received the first dose of the COVID vaccine last week, and is on track to begin doing live (in person) events in April.

Life Tip #32:  The harder you work, the luckier you get.


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