In Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan scored 35 points.
Jordan was already known as a great player, and he’d already led the league in scoring several times.
Two things made MJ’s scoring binge a big deal.
1) It was Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the biggest stage in basketball.
2) Jordan wasn’t known for making many 3 point shots. He’d made 6 in this first half of the game.
After one of those 3s, Michael glances over at the NBC play-by-play announcers and shrugged his shoulders.
He was as dumbfounded by his performance as everyone else was.
Later asked about those shots and the memorable highlight of that game, MJ explained that he’d never set out to make a highlight.
He was just playing the game, letting the action happen. The highlights were merely a byproduct of his flow.
I recently read the autobiography of tennis legend Andre Agassi.
Agassi’s tennis coach helped him overcome an early-career propensity for the unforced errors that plague some tennis players on certain days.
Stop trying to win every point with spectacular “killer” shots.
Every ball that comes off your racket needn’t be some amazing highlight-reel shot.
Sometimes the best move is to just keep the ball in play and send it back over the net.
Do that consistently enough, and your opponent will make a mistake that you can pounce on.
You don’t have to force it. Keep the ball in play, and with your skills, it’s bound to happen.
It’s the same way in life.
We all have our highlight moments. Some have more than others. But the simplest, most efficient thing we can do in our business, sport or life is not to aim for something amazing.
It’s to stick to our disciplines, keep the ball in play, so to speak, and watch for the opportunities and openings that life presents.
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You don’t have to try to create highlights. When your fundamentals are in place and your performance is consistent, the highlights will just… happen.
How have you been pressing for a “highlight” where you may be better served just playing your game more consistently? Reply and let me know — I read all responses.
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