(Inside: How my son’s basketball game empowered me to keep going.)
My son’s basketball team doesn’t win a ton. The whistle blows, shoes squeak, bounces echo and then the scoreboard ruins us. But hands to the heavens, at the last tournament, his team won three games in a row to claim the overall second place. Even though going into the tournament they’d had some frustrating final scores – they’d been coached to keep squaring up their shots, rebounding, and playing solid defense.
So that’s what they did.
And their perseverance paid off.
For me, yesterday went awry and ended with disappointing news about something I desperately wanted to work out. But coming off of this unexpected win for my son’s team, the tournament was still in my brain. I kept thinking how those boys kept doing what they were coaching to do and it paid off.
I knew what to do when negativity stronghold my thoughts. In the morning, it would all seem more hopeful, I just needed to persevere through the evening. So I hung out with my family (my happy place), watched laugh-out-loud shows, read an inspirational book, snuck in some alone time for prayer and scripture, scheduled good friends to come over (something to look forward to)…I didn’t give my mind a chance to spin downward. See like my son and his team, I knew the motions to go through, I just needed to persevere.
What about you? Did you just get boxed out? Are you on your last fumes? What do you need to plow through with grit?
You got this.
Go back to your training. Think about what you’ve been coached to do. Persevere. Keep working on ball handling and jump shots. Listen to your gut. Find resources and brainstorm solutions. Tell people what you need, pass the ball as you surround yourself with encouragement. Seek inspiration. Invite the Creator’s voice into your life. Take time to think and process. Practice faith and take baby steps.
You got this, friend.
Because this is true about life for sure…
At some point, you’ll look up at the scoreboard and see that you’re ahead.
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.