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  • I am not coach right now, I am your conscience.

  • You're in a fight between will and skill. I say will first because that's what you are.

  • You're locked and loaded with skill. You're practicing every day, you're putting in your work.

  • You're buying everything, you're making investments. You're living your dream,

  • you're walking like your dream. You're surrounding yourself around your dream,

  • you got mentors - everything. You're putting more work in. You got your skill.

  • Now is the test of your will. It is a mindset thing you are in right now

  • it is a mindset thing because your challenge. Your challenge ain't moving, your

  • mountain, it is not moving. You don't feel like you making any progress.

  • You are not physically moving when you see everything else around you, other

  • people around you moving, you're not making progress, you're in the

  • test of your will right now cuz life says it has a little more test for you.

  • It's no different because we messed up, because you fell off the wagon, you've

  • been on alcohol and drugs and you gave up on life and you dropped out or you've

  • been to jail one time, two times, three times and you really want your dream to

  • happen and you putting in your work and nothing's happening yet.

  • Every transformation always gets worse before it gets better.l

  • It's supposed to be that way. When you embark this journey you must know that

  • it's gonna go down before it comes up but when it comes up, it's gonna go so

  • much higher than you've ever been. The action of making progress is progress. The, the

  • push itself, the fight, you get up and swing and miss - that's progress. You get

  • up and you run at - get what you want with everything you got and you miss,

  • that's progress. The effort of making the attempt. it's progress. It must happen. It

  • can't do anything but move. You can't do anything but make progress. You're pushing

  • and you're pushing and you're pushing and you're pushing and you're doing

  • everything right. You're tired, you're exhausted and ain't nothing happening yet.

  • That word is what you're waiting for. 'Yet.' Because I promise you, if you keep

  • pushing, if you keep giving me all your effort, it will happen. You have to be

  • equipped mentally to endure this process. Knowing what you're about to go into is

  • step one. Knowing it's an uphill battle, but a winnable one and one that's

  • achievable and at the end of this race guys, you're going to be more capable. The

  • first step guys, is knowing it's a tough road. As soon as you decide to stop

  • looking for answers in other people and miracles somewhere down the yellow brick

  • road, and click the heels of your mind, and set your affections on

  • things that are above, you could have been free years ago. All

  • jealousy, all pettiness, all unforgiveness, all strife, all malice, all confusion, all

  • blaming other people for your mistakes. You got till midnight to get rid of

  • every poison that's hindering you, every inflexibility that's stopping you from

  • what God is about to pour into your life woe be unto you if you go into

  • another year and waste another year with the old mentality while somebody in the hospital

  • begging God for the opportunity that you have right now. You better step into this moment.

  • My COMMITMENT and obsession is always to be better today than I was yesterday

  • If I have to make sacrifices to do that: so be it. If I have to tell that person I

  • can’t go out drinking with him anymore: so be it. Because that’s not what I value.

  • Anything or anyone that is taking me further away from my dreams has to go.

  • I’m committed to self development not self destruction, and you know, any person

  • that is meant to be with me on the journey, will choose that higher road

  • with me. Yes, a tougher road, but it is also a much more rewarding one. I want my life to

  • mean something. To be able to look back at my life and say, yeah, I made some

  • tough decisions, but they were the RIGHT decisions. So many people don’t get it.

  • They piss their life away every weekend for what? So they can complain

  • about their current circumstances for the rest of the week? THERE'S NO CHANCE!

  • I’m in charge of my own life! It’s all on me! I take responsibility. I take action.

  • You will never hear me complain about another person or circumstance as the

  • reason I’m not where I want to be. If I don’t like where I amTime to knuckle

  • down and work harder! I am a perfect reflection of the hard work or lack of

  • work I put in. And luck, that only comes to those who have paid their dues.

  • If I am weak in a certain area, it won’t be for long.

  • Because I’m committed to be better. I will learn, I will read. I will make it happen.

  • I will FIND A WAY. I will WORK until that weakness is turned into a strength.

  • No one can beat me, because i don't give up! I'm RELENTLESS! You might knock me down,

  • but i NEVER stay down! It’s time to RISE. RISE UP to your potential!

  • RISE UP past your limitations! RISE UP past your family or friends limitations!

  • Set the standard for those around you! Don’t conform to the standard,

  • like a sheep. Get out and LEAD THE WAY! GET UP. RISE UP! MAN UP!

  • My college ball career was over. I got offered a job to become a hospital

  • administrator. 2-year program, $75,000 job

  • and right before I took the job, my daddy called me on the phone. Let me tell you

  • about my daddy. When I was a little boy, my daddy would

  • always pick me up. When he came home from work he picked me up, when he saw me in

  • the nursery after church, he picked me up. No matter how long he worked, no matter

  • how tired he was, my dad would always pick me up. So when I had my kids, I would

  • always pick up my kids. When I got home, sometimes I was tired and they would have a bottle in

  • one hand, and they just lifted up their other hand, and they knew what

  • daddy was supposed to do, my job was to pick them up.

  • This is a spiritual interaction. When you pick up a child, it is a spiritual

  • transaction. When you pick up a child, you change their

  • perspective.

  • When you pick up a child, all of a sudden they can see the world the way you see it.

  • I don't care what your children have done, there is nothing they can do for you to stop picking

  • them up. Whether my daughter's a drug addict, I don't

  • care I pick her up. My son messes up, I don't care

  • pick him up. I don't care. You pick them up.

  • That is your job, Mama. That is your job, Daddy. That is your job

  • grandma, that is your job granddad, your number one job is to pick them up and

  • change their perspective.

  • My saddest day, one day my daddy looked at me and said boy you too big, I can't pick you

  • up anymore but when he couldn't pick me up physically, he would pick me up

  • emotionally, he would pick me up spiritually.

  • I had a great dad because he would always pick me up.

  • He would always change my perspective.

  • So my daddy called me on the phone and he asked me a question he said son you

  • had a tough year, what's next? I said dad I'm gonna be a hospital administrator.

  • He said not bad but let me ask you a question, son do you believe you're an

  • NBA player? You cannot produce yourself in there son, if you don't think so, go take the

  • job. But if you believe you're an NBA player, go for it.

  • My dad had self-control and discipline and waited for my answer and

  • my answer was yes, you're right Dad. I can't work the rest of my life. Playing in the NBA is a dream

  • I've had ever since I was a little boy.

  • He said, go for it son.

  • I limped back into my coach's office with a cast on my foot,

  • tears in my eyes. I said Coach what do I need to do to play in the NBA? He said, do

  • two things and you can play in the NBA. Lose 20 pounds and shoot a three-point shot

  • with range you can play in the NBA. If you lose 20 pounds and shoot the three-point shot with

  • range you can play in the NBA. I lost 20 pounds and every day I would shoot 500

  • shots a day, every single day. I got invited to training camp with the

  • Dallas Mavericks and not only did I make the team, I became the first ever undrafted

  • rookie free agent in the history of the Dallas Mavericks to start opening night!

  • Could you imagine what was going through my mind:

  • I had not started a basket-ball game since high-school. I got to the arena, they dimmed the lights, and they put

  • the spotlight right on me. Right in the spotlight I saw my mama right there, and all my brothers and sisters

  • and then I saw my dad,

  • and i pumped my fist,

  • and he pumped his fist, and tears streamed down my face. Thank you for all those timeouts,

  • thank you for making sure I was always home when the streetlights came on.

  • Thank you for making sure I could always hear your voice. Thank you for always

  • changing my perspective. I got a simple simple simple question for you..Here is

  • the question - Do you believe that one day you are not going live in the world that

  • was given to you that's right but you are going to actually live in the world

  • that you dream of..

  • You gotta make every single second count.. You gotta go in the future and see it baby..

  • And than you gotta come come back in the present...

  • And you gotta take that big goal, that big dream, that big reality, that;s what I said,

  • You gotta take that big reality... And you gotta take small steps to make it

  • managable... To make it so your dreams become a reality..

  • Think BIG, Dream BIG but start small.. That's right START SMALL - remember what I

  • told start where you are... with what you have, because what you have is plenty..

  • But the biggest enemy you have to deal with is yourself... There is an old African

  • proverb that says: If there's no enemy within.. the enemy outside can do us no harm...

  • You don't have to personally be perfect.. Do you hear me?

  • There are those of you right now you should've cut a CD, you should've wrote

  • a book, you should have gotten in school and get that degree.. You should've

  • started your own business.. There are so many things you should've done..

  • You should've done.. But you didn't do it because you are.. SCARED...

  • You say scared of what? - I ain't scared... You are scared... You are scared

  • of failure, you are scared to make a mistake.. You are scared.... that you are not perfect...

  • And I'm telling you today you ain't gotta be perfect. Are you hearing what I'm saying?

  • You don't have to be perfect to get what you want.. to do what you want,

  • to have what you want, to be what you want... You don't have to be perfect.... It's a LIE.

  • There will never be a point in your life... where it's the right time...

  • to do a great thing... If you are waiting for that perfect perfect

  • moment... That perfect timing... is not going to happen.. You know what you have to do?

  • You have to create the perfect time and the perfect opportunity and the perfect situation.

  • So a lot of people become comfortable... They stop growing, They stop wanting

  • anything.. They become satisfied....

  • People getting ready to go to jobs that they don't like, jobs that are making them SICK

  • You see when you are not pursuing your goal you are literally

  • committing spiritual suicide. When you have some goal out here that you are

  • reaching for that takes you out of your comfort zone.

  • You'll find out some talents and abilities you have... That you didn't know you had.

  • When the messenger of misery visits you? What are you going to do?

  • What will keep you in the game. There are things that you think you'll never need to know

  • that you may only need to know one time

  • in your life but that could save your life because you had that knowledge.

  • Unless you attempt to do something beyond that which you have already

  • mastered you will NEVER GROW. What is it that you looked at some point in time

  • and you decided that you couldn't do it. That you talk yourself out of it.

  • You waiting for your next door neighbor.. to make it happen for you... It may not happen.

  • If you want on your mother or your father... They may be so ancient in their thinking.

  • that they don't understand this opportunity that you have