LeBron’s Energy Level

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-by Matt Leedham

In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, LeBron James and the Miami Heat lost the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

This is kind of a big deal if you remember the beginning of the season when LeBron both announced his choice to leave Cleveland and go to Miami via a nationally televised ESPN special called “The Decision,” and came out on stage like a rock star to swarms of Miami fans (see below).

Since the loss on Sunday night, LeBron has been quoted as saying that “…at the end of the day, all the people that were rooting for me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today.” He also tweeted that “…right now isn’t the time.”

Given what Jaime posted last week on energy levels, where do you think LeBron is at right now?

Here’s a quick refresher of the first three levels:

Level 1: Apathy. People at this level feel like a victim. Nothing is going right in their life, and there is nothing they can do about it. “I lose.”

Level 2: Anger. People at this level are in conflict. Everything is a battle, and they are determined to fight. “You lose.”

Level 3: Forgiveness. People at this level are able to take responsibility for their lives and begin to do the work they need to make their lives better. “I win.”

The first two levels are destructive. It is necessary to cross through Level 2 if you are at Level 1, but both levels are far less productive than Level 3. Moving to Level 3 from Level 2 is an extraordinary leap and usually has incredible results.

So, where is LeBron?

You guessed it. Depending on the moment, you will currently find him wavering between Level 1 and Level 2.

Where do the top performers (sports, business, humanity, etc.) hang out? Yep! Level 3. Think about guys like Jordan, Tiger, and Peyton. They are always taking responsibility for their performance so that they can learn from it and become better.

The good news for LeBron is that he’s young, has many more years of basketball ahead of him, AND he can learn to think differently!

When you can shift your energy from that of a victim to that of a person who recognizes their role within the situation, you release the apathy and anger of an underperformer. It’s the first step of becoming a high achiever. Of course, there are actually 7 Levels of energy, so there is still much to learn after taking responsibility, but that’s the first step.

Are there areas in your life where you feel like a victim? Where you feel that you are the effect of life, rather than at the cause of it? Are you in conflict, constantly trying to win so that others lose (e.g. “I’m right, you’re wrong, and now I feel better.”)?

If so, being aware of where you are with challenging situations is important. It can be difficult to see this within yourself sometimes, so this is another benefit of working with a coach. Take it from my personal experience of working with my own coach last year, it’s life changing to make an energy level shift!

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