Friday, June 17, 2016

I do believe, I do believe. I do, I do, I do!

Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the odds – big time. Considering that the odds have been against them ever since the best of seven final series began, that’s saying something. They fought hard and they played tough and are now one game away from an NBA Championship. Welcome to Believeland!
Beyond the outstanding display of skill, the team brought to life a very valuable tenet – never give up. If you want to achieve your dream, never give up. Even when the odds are stacked against you and everyone tells you that you can’t do it; never give up. Understand and accept that there will be obstacles along the way, you will be challenged, you may stumble and you may even fail the first few times. Keep going; don’t give up. Believe. Nobody said it would be easy. Sometimes you have to stick with something long enough to make it work.  Obviously, this goes way beyond basketball. It’s about life and purpose and being willing to persevere to achieve a dream even when everything around you tells you it’s not going to happen.

Think about this. Steven Spielberg was rejected three times by the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre, Film and Television. Walt Disney was rejected by bankers 300 times because they thought the idea of Mickey Mouse was absurd. Do you know how many times Thomas Edison failed before he successfully invented the light bulb? One thousand. Harry Potter was rejected twelve times before finally being accepted by Bloomsbury Publishing. There are countless examples like this throughout history. What do they all have in common? They didn’t give up. They believed in themselves and their purpose. Thank goodness because our world would be much different if they had.

So, what’s your dream? Are you willing to put it all on the line to achieve that dream? Are you ready to accept rejection, stumble a few times and still keep going? Do you believe? Then, go for it!

When the Cavaliers take the court at the Oracle Arena on Sunday night in Oakland, the odds will still be against them. No team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-1 playoff series deficit in the finals to win the championship. The Cavs believe they can do it; they don’t plan on giving up.

This is Believeland. Go Cavs!


Posted by MJ Thomas


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