NBA player LeBron James’ decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and go play for the Miami Heat has drawn a lot of, shall we say, “heat.”
Naturally, the Cleveland fans are upset. They just lost a guy who led their team to the playoffs in each of the last five years, and to the NBA Finals in 2007 for the first time in franchise history. If I were a Cleveland fan, I’d be upset too!
On the other hand, I think it’s safe to say that Miami Heat fans are ELATED!
With no personal allegiance to speak of, here’s what I think about LeBron and his decision…
1) I love his talent! He is quickly becoming one of the most decorated professional basketball players in history. There is no doubt about his talent. This guy has GAME.
2) I love his desire to win. According to LeBron, he wanted to go to a team where he believed he had the best opportunity to win an NBA Championship. How can you blame a guy for wanting to become a champion in the sport that means so much to him?
3) I love the fact that he sought wise counsel. He took his time and visited with several teams. He consulted with one of the most important people in his life – his mom – as well as “the Man upstairs.” He seemed to look for advice from those he trusted most.
4) You may question the manner in which this was allowed to become a media spectacle. He took some hits on the way it played out… but in the end, the decision was his and he announced it the way he wanted to. LeBron did what he believed he needed to do, and in the meantime he still performed on the court.
Whether you love him or hate him, I believe we can learn a little something from LeBron.
Do you have a tough decision to make? If so, consider the following:
1) Do you have the talent and skills you need to succeed? If you’re thinking about starting a new venture, or even sticking with something you’re already doing, consider whether you have what it takes. You may need to pause and work on your game.
2) Do you have the desire to succeed? Winning at anything in life requires passion. You’ll do your best work if you are passionate about what you’re working toward. Mediocrity never inspired anyone to greatness.
3) Who can give you wise counsel? Have you considered all of the implications of your decision? Ask those you trust for their advice. Question those who have already succeeded in places you dream of going. Weigh the possible outcomes and be clear on what is most important to you.
4) Are you too distracted? It’s important to take time out and weigh your decision carefully, but don’t let it take your eye off the ball. If your decision is causing you to slip in other areas of your life, you might want to examine why.
There probably won’t be a media frenzy surrounding your next big decision. Even so, the choices you make matter, so consider them carefully.