The Cleveland Cavaliers beat out every other NBA team to win the finals. Anyone who watched the series knows that Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors were up 3-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers turned it around and became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit and win the finals. In the post-game interview, Lebron talked about how he had to change his strategy in order to win. Yes, they won in game 7 but he really worked for that win!
Many people would argue that Lebron James is the greatest or one of the greatest basketball players today. (I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Steph Curry, his wife Ayesha, and their adorable kids) So, if Lebron is the greatest player (by his own admission) why did he have to work so hard to win this years finals? Because being great isn't always good enough! Lebron obviously has natural skill, talent, good genes, whatever you want to call it. However, he still had to really put the work in to end up with a win. Being great by itself isn't good enough if you're not giving it your all!
Michael Jordan Vs. The Pistons
My husband is a huge fan of the Detroit Pistons and he's also a fan of Michael Jordan. We watched a "Bad Boys" documentary one weekend and in it we learned that long ago, Michael Jordan lost against the Pistons. They were just too good for him. Now, I think everyone will agree that Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever to play the game of basketball. However, he didn't wake up that way. When Jordan went up against the Pistons initially, he wasn't good enough. The Pistons helped to push Michael Jordan to being the best. After losing to the Pistons, Michael Jordan went into an intensive physical training program. He became stronger, bigger, faster and unstoppable on that court. Jordan obviously has some God-given inherent skill. But he had to take that gift or skill and cultivate it, study it and transform it to be the best of the best.
Work Your Gift
After watching Lebron's post game interview, it really struck me like never before that sometimes we can be lazy with our gifts. Now, he wasn't being lazy with his gift but I'm using that series as an example. Just because you're the best, that doesn't guarantee you a win in business. Yep, me included. Do you still practice even though others consider you an expert? Is there training or continuing education that you can take part in to refine your skills? Are you still a student in your field, learning new techniques to stay current and relevant? Do you really give 120% effort every time or do you just do enough to get by?
I'm not saying this to tear anyone down. I'm saying this because it is time, just like Lebron to assess, re-strategize and put in some extra work. Maybe the Cavaliers didn't give it their all until they were met with the prospect of not winning. I don't know about you, but I don't want imminent failure to be my reason for victory.
I have been guilty of doing a "good" job instead of a great job. Yes, God gave me several gifts but I owe it to Him to be a true reflection of excellence, service and humility in the marketplace. We are all here to serve one another with our gifts. When other people see you operate in your gift, you are teaching them and inspiring them without even knowing it. You are actually doing a disservice to others by not being great.
So, if you find yourself just doing enough to get by (whether in school, in business or in your job), let me challenge you to go the extra mile. By doing so you will gain confidence and a renewed excitement about your gift. What are some areas that you can improve upon in your business, ministry or in school?