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“What to do with a mistake–recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” — Dean Smith
How about that for an basketball quotation that is about so much more than basketball! And that’s what this article aims to show you: inspirational basketball quotes and what they might mean for your life.
Okay, starting with Dean Smith’s quote, imagine what your life would be like if you were a) able to recognise your mistake (not easy, admittedly) and then b) admit your mistake (and, honestly, when did you last admit to making a mistake?).
Imagine if you followed up those two steps by learning from your mistake and then – most importantly of all – from forgetting you made that mistake.
Are you imagining?
Because if you are, I hope you’re imagining a truly powerful person. One that attempts to do so much more in their life, now that they are unafraid to make mistakes but admit to making them when they do so.
And the person you are imagining yourself to be now – imagine how great it would be if this person inspired those close to them to do the same. Imagine how great you and your friends would all feel.
Imagine how true one of Michael Jordan’s inspirational quotations would sound like, then:
“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” — Michael Jordan
Yes, quite often it seems we imagine things that hold us back – like fear, and the consequences of our fear – and not the things that unleash the giant within (so to speak).
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Author Unknown
This is one of those free inspirational quotes that everybody would nod in agreement with, and most would do nothing about.
The truth is, failure is how we learn, how we grow.
But we are not failure, failure is just an event in our lives that happened differently to our desire and expectation.
And it is in our imagination, our imagining that we will learn from what’s happened and that we will find a way, where our salvation comes from.
Yes, imagination is so important when it comes to our own success and happiness in life. As you can see, clearly, from one of Coach K’s inspirational team quotes:
“I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.” — Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski)
It’s not difficult to imagine, is it, just how powerful this type of thinking can be in the game of basketball.
Nor is it difficult to imagine how powerful it would be in the game of life, too.
So much better than imagining ‘getting it wrong’ all the time, that’s for sure.
I will finish this inspirational basketball quotes article with an inspirational quotation from my namesake, the Canadian basketball player Steve Nash:
“I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person’s life is the affect they have on others.” — Steve Nash
Nicely put, Steve.
Yes, sometimes all those “Rah, rah, rah!” inspirational sports quotes are good for is telling you how much better it is to win than to lose.
But many inspirational quotations – like the inspirational basketball quotes I’ve just listed – are so much more than this, and can provide us all with guidance, and the inspiration to be so much more, too.