Peak Basketball is about more than just a ball and a hoop. It’s about growing, becoming, and getting better. It’s about the pursuit of wanting more, and learning how to chase after it and work for it. Growing up, I loved playing basketball and wanted to be the best player I could be, but I didn’t always understand how to get there and where to improve.
I had opportunities to be coached by high basketball IQ coaches who were even better people. In addition to my parents, these coaches had a huge influence on me to grow as a player and person. My goal is to create coaching that becomes that influence for others. As a young player growing up, these coaches instilled the work ethic in me which eventually led to my opportunity to play college basketball. Then, my college coaches taught me the game which ultimately led me to want to coach. We all need these sources of motivation and challenge as we chase our goals.
PEAK stands for Process, Effort, Accountability, and “Keep at it”. This acronym is at the core of what I believe in, as an athlete and simply in life:
Process: Focus on the daily growth and enjoy that journey. Trust it.
Effort: Hard work is at the core of achieving, growing, fighting, and really living life to the fullest.
Accountability: Own what you do, and be proud of it.
Keep at it: Persistence is required of everyone at some point.
Next week I will go deeper into these four values. I hope it will help motivate you in your chase!
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman
When I think of someone who has come alive, I think of a person who impacts me with their presence, their energy, and their confidence in what they are committed to doing. Pursuing what makes us feel alive is our purpose, it makes our hearts full. I believe this pursuit makes us happier, more productive, and more fun to be around!
Sometimes this is a job, sometimes its a hobby, or sometimes its a young athlete pursuing greatness in their sport. We taste the love for something, and we dig a little deeper into it and realize it makes us come alive. Attention to this pursuit feels almost effortless and yet filled hard work at the same time. The reason? The hard work is often easy because the enjoyment and engagement in the task is high. What a great combination to spend time with.
I hope you are already “doing” what makes you come alive. It doesn’t matter your age, your occupation, your strengths/weaknesses…continue to ask the question and pursue it. Because the world needs people who have come alive…
Professional athletes aren’t always perfect examples or role models, but we can pick and study athletes and their positive qualities to learn and grow. Two excellent leaders in the NBA to discuss are Tim Duncan and Steph Curry, and to consider their leadership and how they make those around them feel, perform, and belong.
Tim Duncan was the ultimate teammate: a great player (15 time All-Star) who knew the team was bigger than himself (Popovich would say he had gotten over himself). Duncan showed another level of discipline and consistency: in 19 years with the Spurs, he never showed up late to a workout, a meal, the bus (Think about that for a second). The selflessness, consistency, and leading by example that Duncan lived everyday set the tone for the Spurs and their family culture.
Steph Curry, one of the best and most innovative players in the league, is known as a genuine and caring teammate. He has even been called “short Tim Duncan”. Although he is known for his arrogance on the court, those close to him talk about his humility and his concern for others in the locker room, community, and even around the world. The combination of extreme confidence in ones self and great outward leadership and care is an impressive combination!
Both players leave crumbs we can take and apply to our crafts. They show us where we can be better at what we do, with ourselves and with others each day. Get over yourself. Be extremely consistent in how you show up. Set the expectation. Be genuine. Care. Believe fully in yourself yet remain humble.
"Get Better" is our PEAK blog, providing you with content to help enhance your game, your mind, and your relentless pursuit of the process! Enjoy.
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