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Mamba Mondays | One Step at a Time

My youngest kid just started playing soccer for a new team, and in her second game with this new team, she lost the ball in her own box and gave up a game-tying goal. We were up 2-1 late in the game, and instead of clearing the ball out of the back, she tried to dribble up the middle, got knocked off the ball, and the other team knocked into the back of the net.

I was sick.

We are new and now we are the new kid who gave up the lead in a big game.

But I know that this is a process, and we can’t lose hope and focus because of one bad moment.

She has a lot of work to do, but she is willing and able to do it.

In the video below, Kobe Bryant said, “Everybody has the ability to put one foot in front of the other. If you are going to try to climb Mount Everest and you look up, it’s easy to think it’s impossible. But if you can break it down into sections and you just put one foot in front of the other, one step at a time, next thing you know, you’re at the top of the mountain.”

As a dad, I just have to keep putting one step in front of the other and be consistent. As an athlete, my kid has to keep putting one step in front of the other and keep going. We all have to keep putting one step in front of the other and keep going.

Kobe then said, “It’s just a matter of what’s important to you. I didn’t feel good about myself if I wasn’t doing everything I could to be the best version of myself. If I felt like I left anything on the table, it would eat away at me. I would be able to look myself in the mirror.”

Kobe didn’t say anything about winning or losing. It was all about effort and doing the best he could.


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - What is one mountain you are trying to climb right now, and what is the first, small step you need to take?

3 - What can you do today to feel like you’ve done all you can do?

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