One and Done

oneandone2A thought came to mind recently of the term “One and Done”. Knowing that I had heard the term before but unsure of its actual meaning. I proceeded to look it up to find the following; One and Done is the rule effectively mandated that players spend at least one year in college. That High school players who would otherwise have jumped directly into the NBA were required instead to play in college for a year before leaving and entering the draft……….

Although there are many arguments either for or against the rule, I have chosen to delve in a bit deeper on this rule and blog on what most interests me. Of course, if you have an opposing view be sure to share it in the comment section but be kind about it.

Both my work and personal experience with young people leads me to believe that “One and Done” clearly allows time and space for necessary development. That development which has happened physically allows for maturation socially, emotionally, and in cognitive development.

Many would argue that physically these players/individuals already possess the skillset to play professionally and I do agree. However, with the inept ability to manage the social/emotional implications there’s increased risk of – crash and burn. Research shows that an 18 year-old makes far riskier/ impulsive decisions in an attempt to plan and reach a goal. More so than someone in their mid-20s. This is due in part to lack of experience, but primarily to an underdeveloped brain. The brain’s reward system tends to reach a high level of activation during puberty, then gradually drifts back to normal activation when a person reaches roughly the age of 25. This concept, we also see in the actions of the car insurance industry where higher premiums are charged for drivers under 25, who are believed to be immature and inexperience at operating a vehicle and prone to accidents.  

I would also like to interject that sports and insurance are not the only relatable experiences here. Relationships, Careers, Finances, and Spirituality are also relevant. Because we don’t mature in all aspects of life on an even keel, it is common to see someone physically mature and emotionally bankrupt, or spiritually adequate and socially starved. How about in business, where managers are great at managing projects but inadequate at managing people? Somewhere there is a gap and a need for interventions that help bring qualitative balance.

What is even more interesting is that this rule is up for review and there is a likely chance that it will no longer apply come 2020.  If that is the case and the rule does go away, my hope is that that all parties are proactive in developing a culture to lessen the impact of this (new) environment on these young but exemplary athletes.  A culture ready and able to recognize potential problems and provide early interventions that can result in better outcomes.

I end by saying growth is inevitable but balanced growth is not. Although development is a continuous process, it is one that occurs in a series of qualitatively different steps. Therefore, there will always be a need for research, for studies, for subjects and samples to help us as humans to reach our true potential.   

 Tap Into The Whole You!

When we take the time to break from one aspect of living to equally engage in others (Physical, Emotional, Career, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social), we then begin to tap into balanced living. Although living in balance is not always easy to achieve much less maintain, it can be very rewarding.

Physical

A perfect example and probably one of the most popular in which we lack motivation, is that of the physical aspect of balanced living. Statistics  shows that regular exercise or physical activity helps the body to function better. However, only 30 percent of Americans get leisure-time physical activity.

Spirituality

One Hundred and sixty people were surveyed from different faiths (Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists). The results show that religious experiences such as prayer, meditation, yoga, etc. was significantly linked to better mental health and helped people to better cope with everyday stress.

Intellectual

When it comes to intellect, it is sad to say that for some of us, once we graduate from high school or college our pursuit of/for new knowledge deteriorates. Yes, we may be masters at what we do, but we are not learning anything new. Research clearly shows that education and learning produce favorable changes in the brain.

Social

Socializing, considered a form of mental exercise, provides stimulation for the brain, keeps one sharp, have been associated with lower blood pressure and contributes to a longer life expectancy.

Career

When achieving work life balance neglecting your mental well-being, relationships, and health can affect your productivity. Instead plan ahead, give yourself ample time to complete projects, set a work start and cut off time and define clear expectations with others.

Emotional

Improving your emotional health can be a rewarding experience. People who are emotionally healthy tend to be in control of their emotions and their behavior. Able to handle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, and recover from setbacks.

 Tap Into The Whole You!

The following are a few tips for tapping into the Whole You this new year;

  • Set Priorities. List all your tasks if not daily then on a weekly basis, organize them according to priorities. When prioritizing, be sure to consider each area (Physical, Emotional, Career, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Social) pertinent to living a balanced life.

  • Be Flexible. It is pertinent to take a break from routine. Be flexible and adjust your schedules and priorities accordingly.  

  • Mind Your Mind. Subconscious beliefs are known to be self-limiting and self-sabotaging. Purposefully embrace the process of positive  thinking, especially in the areas of behavioral/habit change, wellness and stress reduction. 

  • Establish Accountability. Enlist the help of an accountability partner to encourage you along the way.

“Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day SOME.” –Robert Fulghum

Living a balanced life is living a life of harmony where all things work together to complete the whole you. When your life is in balance, you will  be  healthier, more energetic, happier, motivated, and satisfied. 

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2017 to you as you celebrate with family & friends. I encourage you to give thanks forEverything” that you have encountered this year, thus far. Whether good or bad, small or large, significant or insignificant. That (everything) has helped to catapult you to the space/placesplace in which you occupy today. That splace is one of awareness and forced conscientiousness.

If it weren’t so, then you would not have realized the pain that it caused, the joy that you gained, the peace that it ushered or the growth that you’ve experienced…Think about it… selah

Now give thanks for the “Splace” and “Everything” in and of it….. Therefore in all things give Thanks….. Thanksgiving3

The Four Agreements


As we progress through this times journey and gift of life, there are many things to be learned, expressed and experienced upon the way. It is only when we cease to learn, express and experience, that we end up becoming stagnant. A stagnant force becomes separate from its source and in turn ceases to grow.   

I found “The Four Agreements” by Don M. Ruiz to be quite the motivation to keep pressing toward our very best. The best that will lead of toward passion and on to the conquering of purpose. It is without a doubt that we each have a purpose and with that purpose comes a mighty plan that connects us to the greater good.

As you take some time to recite each agreement, meditate upon them and make them apart of your daily source for living. In each you will find a wealth of wisdom materialized as practical steps for daily living.  



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The Great Enemy of Creativity

A Lesson in the Subconcsious Mind and  how to experience true Breakthrough……

Author: Bryan Tracy

All of your habits of thinking and acting is stored in your subconscious mind. It has memorized all your comfort zones and it works to keep you in them.

Your subconscious mind causes you to feel emotionally and physically uncomfortable whenever you attempt to do anything new or different, or to change any of your established patterns of behavior.

You can feel your subconscious pulling you back toward your comfort zone each time you try something new. Even thinking about doing something different from what you’re accustomed to will make you feel tense and uneasy.

Superior men and women are always stretching themselves, pushing themselves out of their comfort zones. They are very aware how quickly the comfort zone, in any area, becomes a rut. They know that complacency is the great enemy of creativity and future possibilities.

For you to grow, to get out of your comfort zone, you have to be willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable doing new things the first few times. #trynewthings #breakfreefromtheold #shiftingyourparadigm  #LEAP #LifeLessons #loveknowledge

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Five Tips for Vision Casting

5 TIPS FOR VISION CASTING

Question: What does vision mean to you? Does it mean how you see, as in 20/20 eyesight? Where are you going?

Answer: vision is the catalyst for determining the right direction. Rather than just a dream or a far-reaching, unattainable goal, vision is a realistic picture of what you want to create and the impact of that effort. It’s also a reflection of your values, why your vision exists and what it will become in the future.

If a vision is to be attained, it must be shared by everyone pertinent to the vision.

Equip them with the purpose to achieve it, the effort will not be enough.

That vision could be something quite grand and inspiring or might be something as simple as a quarterly goal.

BROADCAST LOUD AND CLEAR

Details are not necessary, but clearly identifying and communicating that vision to others is.

Not only is establishing your vision the first step, it’s also the most important function for achieving it.

Announce your intentions, create a destination that is challenging yet realistic, and a set timeline for achieving it.

INVOLVE  OTHERS……

While you have a firm understanding of what your vision is, allow others to give feedback, help shape the process and fully develop it. Doing this provides a sense of ownership for everyone involved, thereby increasing their desire to help your vision become realized. Make your vision theirs…….

ADD MEANING…..

Vision gives significance to the otherwise meaningless details of our lives.

Incorporate the benefits of using your product or area of expertise with your vision to achieve the greater good.

MAKE IT PERSONAL……

A broad vision captures the big picture, it takes the combined efforts of many different individuals to realize it, therefore; increasing productivity and efficiency.

KEEP  THE  GOAL  ALWAYS  IN-SIGHT…..

Distractions and setbacks are bound to happen. To prevent them from thwarting your efforts, remind yourself of the vision on a regular basis.

Encourage positive steps taken in the right direction and recognize individuals for making them.

Source: Bible Habakkuk 2:2-4 – – “Write The Vision, And Make It Plain Upon Tables”……..