Merely Watching The Game Is Not The Goal…

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As of Tuesday night, the 2019-20 NBA basketball season has begun. 

It’s fun for me, since I’m into basketball. It’s also cool to see how excited people get to watch xxxxx (insert name of your favorite players) do their thing. 

When things like this happen, a big event or performance that riles up fans and gets everyone talking, I wonder where people stash all this sudden energy. Because I don’t see it from them any other time. 

It’s great to clap for Beyonce when she “slays” at Coachella. 

You feel a bit of validation when your favorite TV series finally gets its proper recognition and wins the trophy at some awards show. 

It’s exciting watching Giannis Antetokounmpo (you can just call him “The Greek Freak” for short) dunk all over everyone. 

And, it’s all entertainment: its very existence is made to give us something to pay attention to and get excited about. 

I get excited about some of this stuff too. 

However, concerts do end. 

Award shows finish handing out awards. 

Basketball games last for around 2 hours. 

It’s over. 

Then the next day comes. 

Then what? 

Where’s that energy from the day before? 

Can you get as excited about your sales presentation at work as you do for witnessing Beyoncé performing “Crazy In Love”?

Would you go on a Facebook rant about not winning that consulting contract at work, the same way you ranted when you didn’t like the Game Of Thrones finale? 

Do you expect the same level of sustained excellence from yourself that you demand from LeBron James? 

It’s fine to be a fan of people and things we like. 

We can learn from them. Be inspired by their actions. Follow their careers and share in their achievements when they win. Get a bit peeved when our friends talk bad about them. 

Some people have created entire careers around this stuff. If you’re one of them, continue as you were. 

If you’re not a professional commentator, keep something in mind: entertainment such as concerts, TV series or basketball games are a diversion. They are events created to take your thoughts away, temporarily, from your everyday life. 

When they’re over, it’s time to get back to your business. 

The business of maybe, one day, your own work having the same effect on others that some rapper or football player or fictional HBO character has on you.  

Be a fan all you wish. But remember that the end goal is not just to be at the game — it’s to be in the game. 

I understand that there’s a Mindset shift that occurs in this process of going from watching to participating. 

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