These next few months are about to test me both physically and mentally. I have goals of where I want to be, and I need to start working now to get there. I will start working now to get there.

Grind. If you want something, it is not just going to fall into your lap. You have to put in the work, no matter how hard, monotonous or impossible you think it is. You cannot focus on what you cannot do. Focus on what you can do and learn what you cannot now already do. If it is going to help you get to where you need to be, just do it.

Hustle. Making connections, getting others interested and excited about what you are doing, putting yourself out there, jumping outside the box, taking a risk, taking the initiative and saying, “Hey. You don’t know me, but you will.” It is all a part of the hustle.

Payoff. After all of your hard work, you will be able to reap the rewards. The products of all those late nights and early mornings. Of putting in long hours sometimes with no food or sleep. Of toughing it out even when it looked like it could not be done.

Repeat. Take a moment to enjoy those rewards then start all over again.

It all starts now. This is the moment where you reevaluate your life. Reevaluate where you are now, where you want to be and how you are going to get there. Then you act. You put in the work. You do whatever you have to do to get to where you want to be. These next few months I am going hard, and I am going strong. I have to. That is the only way I will get to where I want to be.

Grind. Hustle. Payoff. Repeat.

2012 WNBA Draft Picks

No surprise that Nnemkadi Ogwumike goes #1. LA Sparks got an excellent player. Shekinna Stricklen #2, Devereaux Peters #3, Glory Johnson #4 and Natalie Novosel #8 all went to really good teams in the first round. I was happy to see that Sasha Goodlett #11 from Georgia Tech went to a good team in the first round as well. It will be interesting to see how they make the transition from college to the WNBA. They will have to adjust to new coaches, teammates, systems and cities. I’m looking forward to seeing how these players do in the upcoming season.

2012 WNBA Draft Prospects

The draft this year does not seem all that exciting to me. There are a few players that will go high up in the draft, but everyone else is a mystery. I know Tennessee and Notre Dame are losing some great seniors. Standford is losing a great senior as well. My definite picks, and not in any particular are:

Nnemkadi Ogwumike
Shekinna Stricklen
Natalie Novosel
Devereaux Peters
Glory Johnson
Sydney Carter

Like I said, what happens to all the other prospects is a mystery. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Baylor – NCAA Women’s Basketball Champions

Congratulations to Baylor for going a perfect 40-0 and winning the championship. I know they worked hard for it, and it’s great to see that hard work pay off. Congratulations as well to Notre Dame for reaching the finals their second year in a row. I know they will come back hungrier than ever next year to win a title.

What do you do when you lose or make a bad decision at a pivotal point? Do you hang your head and wallow in self pity, get angry at the others around you, give up? When I was younger, I would get angry. I remember my senior year of college we were playing in a tournament and all we had to do was get past this one team and we could move on. We had played this team all year, and the games had been really close. I poured my heart and soul into that game. I played some of the best defense of my life. But as the saying goes there is no I in team. I couldn’t carry the team by myself. We were up at the end of the game but then our team got foul happy. We ended up losing the game by one point. I was upset. I was angry and even snapped at a few people after the game. It hurt to lose that way. To be so close and then all of sudden denied. I had to change. I had to grow up.

Now, my MO is this: I acknowledge my hurt. I acknowledge the fact that yeah, I lost or yeah, I made a wrong decision. After that I analyze the situation for areas in which I need to improve. Then I forget about it. I let it go. You can’t dwell on the bad because that will just pull and keep you down. When you let it go, you get back up. You go back to work, you get better and resolve within yourself that next time will be better. Next time you’ll get it. Next time you’ll succeed. It’s important to state that success may not come exactly the next time. It may take you weeks, months years to finally succeed. But you cannot let your seeming failure deter you. You have to keep pushing and forging ahead never looking back. In every failure you learn and grow stronger. You learn what works and what does not work. So while the next time may not be a complete success, you are not making the same mistakes, and you are putting all the pieces together to finally be completely successful.

Skylar Diggins has this mentality of going to work. After the loss last year in the title game, she worked hard and got better. It may not have ended with a national title this year, but she’s just putting the pieces together. You can guarantee she will work even harder this offseason and come back really hungry for the title next year. I’m learning that success happens as long as you stay hungry and work for it. If you get complacent or give up, success will continue to elude you. You may be moments, inches away from succeeding, but if you give up you will never see that success. Keep going, keep pushing, keep working, keep your head up. Stay positive. You will succeed.

NCAA Title Game Set

Finally, we will get the matchup we have been waiting for. Baylor vs Notre Dame. Even though Stanford had some success in isolating Brittney Griner, other players stepped up for Baylor and they were able to get past Stanford. Notre Dame fought for its place in the title game by beating UConn in overtime. Brittany Mallory came up huge with her 3 pointers. I’m looking forward to a tough physical game because these two teams are hungry for a title. Two of the most talked about players, unsung heroes of the season and two excellent coaches will converge on the court April 3rd to determine who takes it all.