Jim Burson blog post; Monday Coaching Connection: You Get to Decide; www.jimburson.com

What kind of game will you have? You get to decide.

I spent this Memorial Day weekend in the Atlanta area, again for the Nike EYBL summer basketball tournament.

This concluded the four weekends of tournaments that I’ve written about recently here and here. The games were exciting and really intense because it was the last chance for teams to qualify for the Peach Jam Tournament in July, where they will compete for the summer championship.

I woke up this morning and decided I was not going to have a good day. Instead, I was going to have a great day! It was a long day: I arrived at the Suwanee Sports Academy about 8:00 AM and got back to my hotel at 10:00 PM.

All day I carried my Nike backpack with all the coaching things I needed. But most of all, I carried a smile, a positive attitude and a desire to have a great day! Deciding you will have a great day is the first step toward making that happen.

I went out of my way to talk to the coaches who were getting ready to coach three games that day!

Some concentrated on how hard the last two days had been. How traveling to Suwanee was difficult. How a couple of players were not at the games because of school exams. Everything they said emphasized the negative. They helped the other teams defeat them before they even played.

A lot of coaches said it was difficult, but that they accepted the challenge and that the players were excited to play. They were really looking forward to having a fun day of basketball.

They get to decide how they will respond and what kind of day they would have. So do you.

In life you really get what you decide. If you decide to make the most of every day, then when you lose a game or two you accept the challenge to get better.

How do you start your day? What will you decide about tomorrow?

As we commemorate Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives defending our country. They gave their life to give up the freedoms so we can decide how we can spend our days.

Today I decided to help other people, to talk with the coaches, to help the trainers, to encourage the officials, to lift the Nike waters.

I spent my day lifting others, but at the end I discovered that I was lifted the most.

What a way for a coach to spend the weekend: trying to help people and discovering that when you give, you get back so much more in return.

Happy Memorial Day. God bless all those who gave their lives in service to us and our liberties.

May you decide to be in service to people who could use a lift from you

Have a good day. Better yet, have a great day!

You get to decide.


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