What's going on everybody!? For the returners, welcome back to the best sports and lifestyle blog in the world! For the newcomers, welcome and thank you for giving me a chance. Don't forget to subscribe below if you like what you read and be sure check out some of the other calls. I guarantee no matter your current situation personally and professionally, there is a little something in each call for everyone. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming, *sings* "you know in LA its so jamming", just kidding. Excuse my Kanye West reference but 'I'm in my bag' and super excited to be writing to you all again. I'll be the first to admit that its been way too long! October has been one of the most challenging months in my life, in fact the last months experiences were the inspiration for this call. October has continuously tested my faith, provided ample challenges and multiple obstacles to overcome. And whenever I thought I'd regained control of whatever situation, it seemed that I was quickly brung back to reality for one reason or another. It was almost as if I was dribbling up the court for a game winner and I lost the ball at the last second, hence the title for the weeks call "Turnover".
In a sports setting, a 'turnover' is the unwilling dispossession of the ball leading to possession by the opponent. The term is most commonly used in team sports such as; football, basketball, soccer or hockey. During my career as an athlete, 'turnovers' were something that I was always taught to limit but were inevitably part of the game. Regardless of how careful I'd play or how much my coaches stressed ball security (a term used to encourage limiting turnovers), I would make a few mistakes. As I developed in my career, I would spend ample time watching athletes that I aspired to play like. I began to notice that even athletes at the highest level committed 'turnovers' from time to time. I liken 'turnovers' to mistakes. As human beings, life's 'turnovers' are just as inevitable as those that occur in the field of competition. There are trivial 'turnovers' such as answering a question wrong on a test or making a wrong turn driving as well as more severe instances such as committing an unjust act or breaking the trust of a valued person. Regardless of the situation, how one responds to the 'turnover' in its immediate aftermath is what truly determines the narrative.
I can recall countless instances in which I've seen a person commit a 'turnover' and in the immediate aftermath, complain and deflect blame. As to be expected, this always exacerbated the situation. How often do we see a turnover in sports lead to a big play for the opponent adding insult to injury? How often do we see mistakes in life lead to missed opportunities? Whether the 'turnover' was directly caused by your actions is irrelevant. The legendary athletes and successful professionals we admire haven't reached that status because they sulk when they commit a 'turnover'. These athletes take the necessary action to limit the damage caused by there 'turnover'. In sports, that means exhorting extra effort when you are on defense or being extremely careful when making decisions with the ball. In life, that means answering the next few questions on a test at a much slower pace or actively seeking opportunities to mend damaged relationships.
Sure, in a perfect world, we would would never commit any turnovers. We would never fumble, step out of bounds, make a wrong turn or upset a client. But we don't live in perfect world. There are no such things as perfect athletes nor art there such things as perfect professionals. Understand that no amount of preparation or proofreading can completely eradicate all 'turnovers' from our lives. Perfection is not attainable, but if you chase perfection you might just catch excellence. Steve Jobs launched multiple failed products, and Michael Jordan missed more shots than he made. The difference between those two gentleman and many of us is that Steve continued to create/innovate and MJ continued to shoot the basketball. We should embrace 'turnovers' as opportunities to learn and improve going forward, not reasons to sulk and throw a pity party. So the next time you commit a turnover, regardless of how costly, don't complain to the referee or blame your peers, get back on defense and put in the extra work.
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Christian A. Carter