Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan 1997

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It’s a boyhood dream.

The clock is running down, the game is close and you have the ball.  This is the moment when heroes are made.  Taking the big shot in basketball, stepping up to take the penalty in a football shoot-out or lining up for goal after a big pack mark in Aussie rules.

Do you shoot, pass or panic?

Do you have what it takes?

Do you even want to be there?

What do you think winners want?

You know the answer.  They want the ball and will do everything that they can to get the win for their team.

There are many other situations in life that call for a similar mindset.

Maybe there’s a problem at work.  There’s an area that has been mismanaged for years and they need someone to step up and take charge.

Do you want the ball?

Maybe one of your kids is going off the rails, with poor marks at school, a bad attitude and in need of structure and discipline.

Do you want the ball?

Maybe there’s another problem that’s been brewing for a while.  It could be in your finances, your church, your marriage, your emotions or your health.  It would take a lot of work to fix, you would be uncomfortable and you may need to develop new skills to help you to make it happen.

Do you want the ball?

When athletes take the last shot, they’re either going to make it or miss it.  They’ll be glorified or vilified.

Do you want the ball?

Michael Jordan, who was one of the greatest pressure players from any sport once said,

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Jordan understood that if you don’t take the shot, you’ll never make the shot.

Taking the last shot requires you to take responsibility for your circumstances, taking charge and making something happen.  Leaders do that!

Looking around for someone to pass to is the work of someone who doesn’t trust their skills or want to live with the consequences of making a mistake.  Alas, the consequences of making a mistake are the same as for not taking the shot.  You lose either way, but at least you can learn from a miss and try something different next time.

The world needs you to step up and do something significant that will change lives, display leadership and make a difference.

Do you want the ball?

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