7 Ways to Use LeBron James' Experience to Change Your Life
You don’t have to be a fan of LeBron James to appreciate his reasons for returning home to Cleveland. I will admit that I didn’t have a lot of respect for LeBron James four years ago when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers. But today, I am very proud of LeBron for making a great decision to return home. In this article, I will discuss the 7 ways LeBron’s move to Cleveland can help you.
LeBron’s life is changing every minute, and life to him has become more than basketball. He is a father of two, and soon-to-be father of a baby girl. Congratulations to him and Savannah. I believe that with each new child, our lives as parents change too.
At the end of the day, the things in life matter less than the people in our lives. LeBron is returning to his home of Northeast, Ohio – Akron, to his friends and the community he loved as a child. He is returning to give hope, inspiration and, I’m sure, plenty of resources to the place that nurtured him. LeBron shares his reasons to move in an essay submitted to Sports Illustrated.
LeBron’s return to the Cavaliers can be compared to a man or woman who goes off to serve his country and when he returns home he brings back more knowledge, greater character and financial resources he never had before he left.
I cried when I read LeBron’s essay about returning home. He wrote the letter like a grown up man, more mature. He didn’t whine, complain, beg or plead in the letter. He was sure, confident, focused and most of all, honest.
LeBron is a Changed Man
As LeBron has allowed himself to be broken, and remolded together, which is basically what the Miami Heat did for him. He has accomplished a level of humility he never knew. Basically, his work is done with the Heat.
LeBron has taught us that, it is important to know when your course is finished in one place, and to move on to the next big thing in your life. During the last season of playing in the NBA with the Heat, LeBron’s uneasiness and discomfort was no secret. The tension and distress became apparent in the Finals when the Heat lost the Championship, unmercifully – they didn’t stand a chance. LeBron’s injury was another sign that the end of his Heat career was coming soon.
Do you know when it’s time to make a move or make a change in your life? It can be difficult to always know when to make a move or a change in your life. Follow me as I examine 7 reasons LeBron is moving back home, and 7 ways you can use his experience to change an your life.
7 Ways LeBron's Life Can Help You
1. Lose of Championship With the Miami Heat. Loosing does not mean that you give up, but it does mean something. When you lose a game of anything, you change your strategy in order to win the next one. LeBron had two choices: to stay or leave. And he chose to leave. The best winner looses at some point. In other words, his well had run dry.
Question: Have you ever experienced a lot of success, and suddenly that success halts. You ask yourself, “What went wrong?" But you can’t come up with the answer. Nothing may have gone wrong, you just may need a change.
2. Expecting A New Baby (Girl). LeBron’s wife, Savannah is expecting a baby girl, and LeBron is excited about that. He and Savannah already have two boys, and I am sure he is thrilled knowing that he is going to have a girl. Perhaps God knew that he wasn't ready for a girl until now. Now he has the compassion and tenderness he will need to raise his soon coming baby girl.
Q: Are you expecting an addition to your family? A new baby changes the entire dynamics of a family. The starting over again – lack of sleep, doctor visits and training a new little one can put your mind in over-drive. I remember when my husband I learned that we were expecting our third child, I felt overwhelmed. If this is you, babies are a blessing, and everything will be okay. As James Fortune says, “You can live through it…” Take one day at a time.
3. Fragmented Friendship. LeBron and best friend, Dywane Wade, faced some challenges. LeBron was butting heads with teammates, which had an affect on the game. It’s important to have great team chemistry in order to win championships.
Q: Are you frustrated with your friends? Do they seem to be getting on your nerves? It’s a good idea to take a break from friends every now and then, or let go of friends, to keep your life moving on track.
4. LeBron's Parents. He knows how difficult it was for his mother to raise him, because she was 17 when she gave birth to him, and his father was not around. LeBron has pledged to return home to be an influence to the youth. He also realizes that it was the game of basketball that saved his life.
Q: Did your mother or father let you down? Did someone in your community provide a lifeline for you? Or did someone take you in and be a guardian to help raise you? Now may be the time to return to your roots, and return the favor by giving back to that community. At the least, you can give back to those who supported you while growing up.
5. Basketball Is a Team Sport Played With Lots of Emotion. Any athlete who has ever played a team sport knows how it feels to win, and how painful it feels to lose. A world-renowned athlete such as LeBron James carries a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, as MVP and two-time Championship winner. Now he is stepping into the greatest challenge of his life with great passion.
Q: Do you have strong emotions and need to express your passion to the highest level? Do you need to bring leadership to a team that needs your skill and talent? If this is you, go ahead and be courageous and step out of your comfort zone.
6. LeBron Will Reach a Milestone Birthday This Year. This is a monumental year for him. The Lebron that left the Cavaliers four years ago may not have been strong or mentally tough enough to lead the team. Age and experience has a way of toughening us up.
Q: Are you reaching a milestone age? 30, 35, 40, 45…? Milestone ages have a way of defaulting our lives to change mode. If you’re facing a milestone age, now is the time to make the major moves in your life you need, because when you get old, life wanes away faster.
Cleveland Responds to LeBron's Return
7. He is Walking in His Calling. LeBron's purpose and destiny await him in Northeast Ohio.
Like LeBron, we all having a calling in life. Are you willing to make the changes needed to walk in your calling? You may not feel ready or fully prepared, but you will never know unless you step out and take a chance. Don't worry about what other people are saying or doing, you have to do what your heart says do. And right now is a good time to start!