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Week of May 23 Circle-Up Reflection Questions

Jimmy Butler | Trust and Belief

Brett Ledbetter | Be the Example

Austin Reaves | Intangibles vs Skill

Joni Taylor | Thermometer vs a Thermostat

Jimmy Butler | Trust and Belief


After a big playoff win against the Boston Celtics, Jimmy Butler was asked if this was the highest level his game has been at.


Jimmy said, “I don’t think so. As with anything in life, if you get the opportunity and you see the belief that my teammates and my coaches and ownership have in me to lead the charge, anything is possible.”


He said they believe in him and trust him, and that is what any basketball player wants, and that’s what anybody wants out of life - to be wanted, to be trusted, and to let you do your thing.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS 1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - What is the biggest thing you want from your coaches?

3 - What can your coach do to help you feel they believe in and trust you? 4 - How can you get your coaches to believe in and trust you?


Brett Ledbetter | Be the Example


Brett Ledbetter works with some of the best coaches and athletes in the country. In an interview with Ryan Hawk, he was asked, “What advice would you give a young professional beginning their career?


He said, “The best I’ve ever been around don’t care about their legacy. Legacy is for the ego.”


He then said he did an exercise with a team where they asked the team, “What is the best thing you’ve learned from your coach?” They all said, “How to be a good husband and how to be a good father.” The coach said he has had zero conversations about being a husband or a father.


He said, “The lessons you are teaching them are caught more with their eyes and less with their ears. The best thing you can give to someone else is a strong example. Focus on growing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health as you are pursuing excellence. That stands out.”

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - What do you want them to see and say when people see you and talk about you? 3 - How close do your words match your actions?

4 - What is one area you need to work on: physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually?

Joni Taylor | Thermometer vs a Thermostat


Joni Taylor is the head girls' basketball coach at Texas A&M University. She also coaches for the US National Team. While at the US basketball tryouts, she told a group of athletes a quick story about a thermometer and a thermostat. She said a thermometer takes the temperature and the thermostat changes the temperature. Are you going to be a thermometer or a thermostat? Be a thermostat; don’t be a thermometer.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - Are you usually a thermostat or a thermometer?

3 - When is it easier to be a thermostat, and when is it more challenging?

4 - How can you say things to teammates without causing dissension? Communication is key because the right things can be said the wrong way.

Austin Reaves | Intangibles vs Skill


NBA player Austin Rivers was on a podcast talking about Austin Reaves. Austin Reaves went undrafted in the 2021 draft, but he has been an important piece to the Los Angeles Lakers.


Rivers said:

“Austin Reaves's best skill is how aggressive he is as a player. He is in attack mode all the time - turnover, missed shot, doesn’t matter. He is not the quickest, he can’t jump the highest, he is not the best shooter, and he is not the most skilled, but he’s aggressive. He attacks and he competes. What he lacks in ability and skill, he makes up with how hard he plays on both ends, he plays the right way, he can fit on any team and in any system, he gets to the foul line, he’s efficient, he knows his role, his teammates like him, and he buys-in and does everything you ask him.”

REFLECTION QUESTIONS 1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video? 2 - Do you attack? Are you aggressive?

3 - If not, what keeps you from doing so and being aggressive?

4 - Which is more important or will give you more playing time - skill or aggressiveness?


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