Your house’s on fire!

I came across a clip of an interview of Kobe, the legendary basketball player who passed away in an air crash earlier this year.

The interviewer was talking about a game, where both teams had to do a tie-breaker of final throws. Once Kobe’s turn came, he had a Achilles tendon, yet he got up, made his throw, and finished the game like a star.

When asked about the reason, Kobe said:

“Let’s say you have an Achilles, your hamstring is torn, your doctor tells you to have a bed rest, not move at all. So you’re at your home.

And suddenly, the house’s on fire. The kids are upstairs, the wife is somewhere else, and now you have to save them. You will instantly forget your hamstring, grab your kids, make sure your wife is safe, and get out of the house. You won’t remember the hamstring because your family is more important than the injury. So when the game is more important than the injury itself, you don’t feel that injury.”

When the game is more important than the injury itself, you don’t feel that injury.

What is the game that we are into?

Injury or the kind that Kobe was into?

Candy Crush rules

It is hard.

The easiest thing is to sit on the couch and eat French fries. Or play Candy Crush.

Waking up in the morning and working out relentlessly didn’t come easy to Jordan as well.

It is going to take a lot out of you to get there. Yet if you don’t make the efforts to get there you will get to a place it would be very difficult to get back from.

Working requires hard work.

Doing nothing requires hardest work to deal with yourself.

You get to decide.

Anxiety

Anxiety is tricky.

The game is to make yourself never have anxiety.

The game is to play the game in the first place.

The game is to bring your best game.

The game of life is to be so busy that anxiety does not get to enter you.

The game is to be easy while being so busy that you know you are above all the situations life could offer you.

The game is to trick the game of anxiety, by being resilient when you don’t need it in the first place.

The mishap

The mishap is the truth.

You went through a lot of bad stuff – that is the truth.

Fortunately, that’s not the problem.

The problem is, how many times the mishap is repeated inside our head and in our words.

Repetition is what makes the difference. Place is repetition hardly matters. What really matters is the doer and the deed.

The solution, then, is to reduce the frequency of repetition. The method, then, is to be the master of your thoughts. The fortunate thing, then, is that you can control it.

Files

We make resolutions and they keep on adding up.

And then we make further resolutions.

The files keep getting bigger.

What if, we do something different: like execution? What if, this time it really looks different? What if…

Wait…

What will you do NOW? After this scrolling and swiping? Now?

Badminton, not so good

When I had just entered tenth standard, I also exited something superimportant: playing badminton on the street with my neighbourhood friends.

Of course, it was justified back then. Board exams were coming up, I needed to focus on what was important. Playing wasn’t. (I don’t believe it now, back then I did.)

In a consequent events of getting plumper from 11th standard till first year of college, I finally started taking health and fitness seriously from second year onwards, and also achieved wonderful results post that.

Fast forward to yesterday, I was playing badminton with a bunch of friends, who otherwise, play the game daily.

And boy o boy, what a sad demise the team had which I was a part of.

I was leaner than them, had a stronger body with a lower fat percentage than them, can do a headstand and also do a plank effortlessly; over and above the strength from training in the gym.

Yet, here I was, flunked beautifully in the sport that had been a part of almost entire childhood of mine.

What I learnt from last night’s sport was this:

1. No matter what you can do, when someone else practices more, they become an expert at it. The same applies to business and life. Working more, creating more, and failing more, will lead to greater changes of success. Invariably.

2. Your future is designed by what you do in the present, not what you did in the past. This applies to all those who didn’t have a beautiful past, and also to those who had great habits in the past and now have left them.

Today is the past that will be created in the future. Take care of it, and if you want to experience some fun, make time for your metaphoric badminton.

Please.

Enjoyment

Enjoyment does not happen only when you are chilling around.

Enjoyment does not happen only when things are working great.

Enjoyment also does not happen only when you are with your favourite people.

Those are an extended part of enjoyment.

Real enjoyment happens when you are in the midst of a terrible situation. When things are falling apart and you are struggling hard to find a solution.

That’s when courageous people get out of their own way and own their lives.

That’s the real game, rest is just waiting.