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It Takes What It Takes Circle-Up Reflection Questions

Updated: Jan 16


1 - Chris Paul | What Winners Do

2 - Kevin Durant and Gilbert Arenas | Putting in the Work

3 - Damian Lillard  | Where Confidence Comes From


Chris Paul | What Winners Do


Chris Paul is known for being a winner, but also a tough leader who pushes his teammates. In the video below (36:30 mark), he was asked about some of the criticism he has received as a leader, and what it takes to be a winner.



He says, "My leadership is not for everybody. I'm hard because I expect things to be done a certain way. But I'll never ask you to do something I wouldn't do myself."


He then said when he got to the Houston Rockets, one of his coaches told him, "You are going to have to learn how to deal with somebody who doesn't care as much as you care."


Gilbert Arenas then said, "Everybody wants to be a winner, but they don't want to deal with what it takes to be a winner."


Gilbert then said, "People don't like winners because winners hold you accountable for your lack of enthusiasm, and if you aren't mentally ready to be held accountable, of course, you don't like it."


They then talk about how hard they worked, alone, to become the individual athletes they became.


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - How would you handle being around people who don't want to win as much as you do?

3 - Who in your life does or can inspire you to work harder or want it more?



Kevin Durant and Gilbert Arenas | Putting in the Work


A lot of NBA players talk about how hard Gilbert Arenas worked on his game. In the video below (3:00 mark), Kevin Durant brings up stories about Gilbert's work ethic.



Gilbert said, "Everybody hears and wants greatness, but nobody understands how to get to it. When you see players taking their workouts to a new level, you see what it actually takes."


He said, "If we had a game at 7, Kobe is in the gym at 3 already getting up 500 shots. In the summer, we all work out, have the same trainer, and take the same amount of shots, but in the season is when you can separate yourself."


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - How can you work on getting more reps in the season and in the off-season?



Damian Lillard | Where Confidence Comes From


In the video below, Damian Lillard talks about where his confidence comes from. He says you get your confidence from the work you put in and knowing what you have done and accomplished. You get confidence from knowing you put the time in and knowing you were present and worked hard in your workout, not just showing up and getting through the workout. And then do it over and over and over again. The more you can stay true to that, the more your confidence grows.



SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - What is an area(s) of your life in which you want to feel more confident?

3 - This week, what can you do to get better in that area?

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