Surrounded by a sea of doubters.
The odds are so unbelievable even your supporters think it’s pretty much impossible.
You’re facing a seemingly unbeatable opponent, with record-breaking excellence, on their home turf… and the only chance of success requires doing something that has never been done before.
History says it can’t be done. Plus, you come from a place with no background to disprove it.
That is your situation.
Who’s story is this?
In this particular case, I’m talking about the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
The reason I’m talking about them though, really has to do with you and the situations you face.
In life, we all encounter circumstances like those described above, and that is why it’s important to pay attention to the Cavaliers win this past weekend, even if you aren’t a fan of basketball or sports in general.
The Cavaliers story
This last Sunday, June 19, 2016, marked an important event, Game 7 of 7 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
Going into the finals, the Golden State Warriors were the favorites.
During the regular season, the Warriors set an NBA record with 73 wins and only 9 losses; an amazing accomplishment.
Compare that with the Cavaliers (Cavs) season of only 57 wins and 25 losses, and it’s easy to see who might be expected to win between the two.
When the two teams met in the finals, it looked like the assumption that the Warriors were a sure bet was coming true.
The Warriors were winning 3 games to 1 after the first four meetings. So, they only had to win one more game to win the championship.
Increasing the odds of the Warriors winning, the next game was on their home court with their cheering fans there to encourage them.
The day of game 5 though, the Warriors got some disappointing news. A key player, Draymond Green, was suspended for Game 5 due to an incident involving LeBron James in game 4.
For the Cavs, this was good news, and a nice break.
Still though, it didn’t really seem like it would make a long term difference.
The Cavs were down 3 games to 1, and no one in NBA history ever came back to win a series with that deficit.
The Cavs took advantage of the suspension regardless and came out on top in game 5, taking the series to a game 6.
Game 6 was held in Cleveland, so the likelihood of the Cavs winning that game was higher than it had been in Game 5, except now of course, Green was back to help the Warriors.
No matter what though, for Warriors fans, (and prognosticators), the outcome of Game 6 wasn’t a huge worry. Game 7 would be back at the Warriors’ home if the Cavs won Game 6 — which is what ended up happening, much to the delight of Cavs fans.
For Cavs fans, winning Game 6 and taking the series to 3-3 was great.
Still though, hopes weren’t very high.
Along with Game 7 being in a place filled with Warriors fans, there was still the glaring fact no one had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
To Cleveland fans, it seemed like they weren’t meant to be the ones to break that streak. The Cavs had never won a championship, and Cleveland as a whole hadn’t seen a professional-level championship banner of any sort since the 1960s.
On top of it, another bit of history troubled Cavs fans, only three teams had ever won Game 7 of the NBA Finals on the road, and that hadn't happened since 1978.
That meant that for the Cavs to win, a lot of history had to be made.
They had to beat a team that set the best regular season record ever. They had to win on the home court of that team, in game 7. They had to come back from a deficit no one had ever come back from.
Overall, a seemingly impossible task.
So, when a tight and hard fought Game 7 came to a close on Sunday, and the Cleveland Cavaliers came out as champions, it meant something big and notable happened.
Yes, it was something big for the Cavs, for LeBron James, for Cleveland, for Cavs fans, for the NBA, and for sports overall, as well as being something big and harsh for the Warriors.
That’s not really the big, notable stuff I’m referring to though.
What I’m referring to is that, it was something big and notable for all of us, including people who aren’t sports fans, even those who dislike sports.
The lessons of the Cavs
In what manner can this sports story be important for all of us?
How can it matter to the people who don’t care about sports or may even dislike them?
How can it mean something to our daily lives and struggles?
In two very important ways…
One very valuable lesson this sports story provides is to always keep going, always keep trying, and always keep believing in possibility.
Don’t give up.
No matter what the odds are, no matter what history says is impossible to do, no matter how many doubters you encounter, and no matter how difficulties you face, don't give up.
If you are pursuing something you believe in, something that does good, and something that is worth pursuing, then always do your best.
Keep trying, take it step by step, and believe deep down that you can accomplish what you seek.
Overcoming the impossible can happen, when you always keep believing in possibility.
That is the first lesson the Cavs and this sports story tells us.
A second lesson from this sports story is almost more of a set of meta-lessons encapsulated in the broader acknowledgement that the impossible and highly improbable does happen in life, and that we should pay attention to it when it does.
We should take the time to appreciate and make note of the impossible and highly improbable things that happen in life.
They occur much more frequently than we often realize, and being aware of them will help us in many ways.
Simply knowing they happen bolsters our own motivation when fighting the odds.
It helps us remember not to write people off, even when the odds seem far against them.
It provides a lesson in not taking outcomes for granted — a harsh lesson the Warriors must bear — and not stopping until we’ve really accomplished what we’ve set out to do.
It reminds us that just because something hasn’t been done yet, hasn’t been seen yet, or hasn’t proven yet, doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.
It tells us that even when everyone doubts us, when we don’t have history and the odds on our side, when everything seems to be stacked against us, we can accomplish the impossible, and we are far more capable than we give ourselves and each other credit for.
That is why this sports story is important for us all
These lessons in the achievability of the impossible are good for us all to understand and carry with us.
We all run into situations in life where everything seems against us, and the possibility of success seems unlikely, and that is when it is important to remember the stories of the impossible being possible.
It’s also helpful to keep this in mind when taking steps to improve your life, such as rewriting your story, or creating a map of where you want to go in life. Remembering that the impossible is possible will open up your mind to opportunities, options, and ideas that might otherwise be missed.
In short, overcoming the impossible happens, so, always keep believing in possibility.
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors defying seemingly impossible odds, and gave us some good lessons in the process.
The short of it…
- Always keep going, always keep trying, and always keep believing in possibility.
- Appreciate and make note of the impossible and highly improbable things that happen in life.
Fellow Journeyer @ BigSkyRise
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