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What we can learn from our kids…

By February 4, 2011 3 Comments

Hi.  I’m Kim, one of Dustin’s contributors.  

My 7th grade son is in the heart of his basketball season, and after having a tough game, I ordered him some books on basketball.  I thought he might get a few tips that would give him some confidence on the court and help improve his game.  What I didn’t expect was to get some tips myself…

I picked up one of his books last night and started skimming through it.  The title was  “Free Throw:  7 Steps to Success at the Free Throw Line”   By:  Tom Amberry.  I haven’t read the whole book or even a whole chapter…. yet.  I actually looked for it after he went to school this morning and was bummed out that he took it with him today, (well, bummed for me but pumped as a mom that he actually didn’t shove it under his bed with his dirty socks). 

The line in the book that got me excited was this:  “We are more limited by our beliefs than our abilities.  If you believe you are an average basketball player, you will play like one.  Believe you are a champion and you will eventually be one.  Set your goals high and let them lift you up to where you really want to go.”   And I thought, “What an awesome thing for him to know.  What an awesome thing for ME to know.  I can use this in my life and with my own goals. ”   You see, this quote isn’t really about the game of basketball.  

 How many times have you believed something about yourself, (and when it comes to ourselves, it’s usually a negative belief) only later to find out it wasn’t true?  Maybe you always thought growing up that you weren’t meant to be an athlete and then you turn 40 and you find yourself winning your age group at a local 5k race, or that being overweight was just in your genes and the way you were meant to be and then you find a program like Fit Moms For Life and you discover you can wear a size you never thought was possible.   Do yourself a favor and believe in the good things.  You might find out something really wonderful about yourself.

Last night my son made his first 3-pointer, winning the game for his team.  He told me after the game that he “just knew” his shot was going in.    Henry Ford’s famous quote: “Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right” held true for him last night.   I bet it does for you, too.