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The first championship sets up the second

Posted 7/16/12

The Miami Heat just won the NBA title, and LeBron James, aka “King James,” won the Finals MVP award.

He completed a nine-year mission.

A reporter asked him what his first thoughts were. He instantly replied with a huge smile, “It’s about damn time.”

As most know, the game of basketball is a team effort and a team victory, but LeBron James’ individual performance ranks as one of the all-time greats.

In the following weeks, there were euphoric celebrations by players and fans alike. Parades, interviews, T-shirts, hats – you name it.

Now it’s time for the reality of “next year.”

Think about LeBron’s first eight years. Season after season, no championship. He made the finals twice, but got beat.

Fan discouragement pales in comparison to LeBron’s personal discouragement and frustration from not winning a championship. Pile on the media. Until, finally, victory!

It seems as though the entire sports world was relieved. Sure, there are plenty of people who don’t have LeBron James on their “like” list, but that’s predominately the result of petty jealously or envy.

In his postgame interview, LeBron talk-ed about his trying-to-prove-others-wrong mentality during the finals loss last year, versus his mentality that led to the win this year. He said, “I just got back to being who I am, just got back to enjoying the game I fell in love with and why I fell in love with it.”

How do you think LeBron is going to play next year?

Probably with the quiet confidence of a champion.

MAJOR CLUE: The first championship is the hardest. (Just like earning the first million is the hardest, and just like winning the first sale is the hardest.)

It’s important for you to understand the confidence that’s instilled in your soul after you make that first big sale. It’s easy to see in others, it’s difficult to see in yourself. The only way you can gain it is to take the responsibility to make it happen – for you.

The Heat won as a team, but I guarantee you LeBron James is sitting there with a personal feeling of accomplishment that can never be explained, only felt.

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