How to Make Your Dreams Come True: Five Lessons from Watching Kevin Durant

I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of the game known as Basketball, and I will also admit that I could care less about who wins or loses the NBA Finals. However, I do stay in the loop of things for conversation purposes. I never want to be the lady that is clueless when people are talking sports. With that being said, I remember the rage that was shown by Oklahoma fans around the country when Kevin Durant announced he was headed to Cali. He left his royal throne in Oklahoma and settled for being on the King’s (Steph Curry) Advisory Board. Many called Durant a traitor. In their loyalty as a fans, they failed to see the NBA as the business that it is and “loyalty” is not a business practice of the organization. Kevin made a decision to do what would make his dream come true. Watching Kevin Durant’s transition in the last year has provided me with some nuggets for life. Here they are:
1. Never forget the vision. Last night KD shared during a Postgame interview that he told his mom at eight years old that he would win a NBA Championship. Since the age of eight, he saw himself as an NBA Championship winner. Although, a team would be required to win a championship, it was a PERSONAL goal for Durant. No matter how much success you are having in a place, if it keeps your from the vision for you life, leaving is necessary.

2. Be courageous enough to make the move. Kevin Durant took the same heat that any great player takes when opting to leave a team. The same people who praised him quickly turned into persecutors as he chose to play for a better team. With all that would be said about him, he packed his things and left in hopes of fulfilling the vision he had for his career. Your next move may leave you in the hands of persecutors for a moment, but the reward will outweigh their words.

3. Take Humility with You. There is no way that Golden State Warriors would be 2017 NBA Champions if Kevin Durant chose to be a thorn in the flesh of GSW instead of a team player. He could have made things about himself, but he got with the GSW program and added to their greatness. With every great move you make in life, take humility with you. Be willing to adjust, learn, and add to the greatness of the people you are serving.

4. Loyalty at the cost of your life’s vision is death. Kevin Durant gave nine seasons to OKC before deciding to go to Golden State. Nine years of his life was devoted to a team that he tried to ensure a NBA Championship, and it did not happen. There are some places and people that you cannot afford to remain loyal to solely based off the principle of loyalty. Kevin Durant gave all he could to OKC, and it was in his best interest to try to win with another team. When choosing to be loyal, one must ask themselves, “Would this decision cause me to forfeit my dreams?” If the answer is “yes,” you may need to reconsider the decision. Life without fulfilling your dreams is a slow and painful death that you have chosen for yourself.

5. Everyone won’t appreciate your accomplishment. As previously stated, the man gave nine years of his life to OKC, and he was absolutely deserving of winning MVP last night. However, some of the “crabs in the bucket” could not get pass the route he had to take to accomplish his dreams; or they could not get pass his hair being uncombed during a basketball game. Side note: He’s a millionaire, do you really think a haircut is beyond his reach? Back to the topic, there will be people during your moments of victory that will focus on everything except the effort you put into accomplishing your dreams. To that I say, let them enjoy their misery as you partake in enjoying the fruit of your labor.

There are many more things that could be said, but I  am tired of typing. I will say this, please do not be afraid to do what it takes to accomplish your dreams. As long as your decisions are producing peace in your life, continue on that path. People may not understand every decision you make, and that’s okay. People will go back and forth with their praise and criticism of you. KEEP GOING!!! No matter what keep the vision in front of you. It is your roadmap to keep you on course when comfort tries to convince you to become stagnant. Your life is a summation of all the choices you have made, and at any moment you can choose to change its course. Why settle for being a king, when you can be a god? God meaning one of the greatest to ever live in your field of expertise. Last night, Kevin Durant became one, and I hope you will too. Thanks for reading!-Charity Israel




Photo Credit:

Can’t is Killing Your Dreams!!!

This morning I woke up thinking about the phrase “I can’t.” I thought of how it is often the first thing we say when our thoughts suggest we do something greater with our careers, talents, agility, and etc. Then, I considered how it tends to be an automatic response to any request that would require us to do something beyond what we know we are capable of doing. Finally, I thought about how insulting those words could be to a God who made it possible for you to do anything. For the sake of clarity, I am not suggesting anything ludicrous like becoming the first human fish; but I am saying you CAN do those things you desire that presently appear impossible. Here are five things you CAN do contrary to your upbringing, present circumstances, and in spite of  your inner pessimist:

  1. You can become wiser. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” According to the Bible, reverencing the Lord is the founding principle for acquiring wisdom and knowledge. Once you are in sync with the One who knows all things, believing you can actually do anything does not sound too far fetched. He has all the answers, and He knows how to get them to you. Do not be intimidated about going back to school or starting a new business venture. You have God, everything else can be learned through a book or taught by a teacher.
  2. You can become successful. Deuteronomy 8:18 (NLT) says, “Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful…” In this verse Moses is reminding the children of Israel to be mindful of where their success comes from so that they will never take credit for it. If you want success, make it a point to never forget who makes it possible. Once you understand who is your source of success, there will not be a need to compromise your integrity to gain more of it. You simply seek the source for ideas, and give your all to making them a reality in your life.
  3. You CAN get access to great people. Proverbs 18:16 (NLT) says, “Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people.” If you want to come before “great” people keep a gift with you. Whether your gift is tangible or one given to you by your creator, have something to present!  Extend your hands with something to give, and you will be recognized.
  4. You CAN endure anything life throws your way. The Apostle Paul informs us in Philippians 4:11-13,”…I have learned in whatever state I am in, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Paul gives the anecdote for enjoying success and enduring sorrow in this life: JESUS CHRIST!!! If you want to get the most out of every experience in life take Jesus with you. By the time this life ends, you will not be disappointed because He is our Great Hope!
  5. You CAN be saved.  Choosing whether or not to accept God’s gift of love to you will have an eternal effect on your life. Allow me to give you some insight into making life’s most important decision. In Mark 10, a rich young ruler becomes discouraged by what is required of him to inherit eternal life. He is asked to give up all he owns and give it to the poor. He chose his wealth and walked away. As followers of Jesus watched and probably empathized with the young man  they asked, ”  ‘Then who can be saved?’ 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”’  It is GOD ALONE who makes our salvation possible. This is also the reason why salvation is offered to everyone. Regardless of one’s race, religious background, socioeconomic status, past sins, criminal record, and etc., God will accept you. He is not intimidated by your past transgressions; and he is not offended by your past doubts and declarations of Him never existing. If you desire salvation, YOU CAN HAVE IT!!! Simply pray this prayer or one similar to it:

    God I receive your love gift of Jesus Christ dying for my sins. I repent for everything I have done that displeased you. I thank you for your forgiveness, and I confess you as Lord and Savior of my life. Thank you that I am now a citizen of your kingdom in Jesus name. Amen #welcometothefamily

For the Christian, CAN’T should be removed from our vocabulary.  As it pertains to being successful, YOU CAN! As it pertains to obtaining wisdom, completing your degree, and starting a business, YOU CAN! YOU CAN get through the divorce, unemployment, and the death of a loved one. YOU CAN be forgiven of sin, free from condemnation, and walk in your purpose. YOU CAN love again, marry again, and be completely accepted. You are the child of an amazing God, so you can do amazing things. STOP talking yourself out of what you are capable of doing. God is your strength, and there is no failure in Him. Your success is inevitable, go for it! #YESYOUCAN