I just finished watching game 7 of the NBA Finals. I can’t sleep so I might as well write! I literally don’t even know where to start. But this story begins and ends with the Cleveland Cavaliers greatest player, and quite possibly the greatest NBA player of all time. LeBron James.

Do you remember where you were when LeBron released “the letter” and announced he was returning to Cleveland, his hometown! I was driving down route 48 in Oswego County New York. I’m a sports radio junkie and a loyal Colin Cowherd fan. Longtime listener first time caller.

As the news broke and Colin read that letter word for word on live radio I was literally brought to tears. You might think that’s me exaggerating but it’s not. As I listened to the words being read I could hear the heart beat of a man who truly cared. All his life he only wanted one thing. To bring a championship to his hometown. (You can read the letter here http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers).

When I think about the whole story; him being drafted number 1, getting to the finals and losing, leaving Cleveland the way he did, winning while he was in Miami, coming back the way he did, and then winning against Golden State the way he did. It’s an unbelievable story. If I were to summarize all of it I would use one word. Motivation.

Motivation is the reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. It’s the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. Motivation is powerful and can be a game changer if used properly. But one must answer these three questions in order to fully embrace motivation. 

  1. Does your desire drive you? (What do you want)
  2. Is your reason strong enough? (Why do you want it)
  3. Are you willing to work? (How will you get it)

When I evaluate LeBron’s story in light of motivation and these three questions I can clearly see the path to his success. His what, why, and how paved the way to his accomplished goals.

There is a lot to digest with him and his story but one thing is for sure. He answered those three questions. Congratulations Mr. James, you’ve earned it.


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