Ray Allen. The current NBA All-Time three points made leader.
Persistency. Consistency. Routine.
Unfortunately, rare characteristics for most of us. There is why only the best win and think on the long game. The life-time game. The Long-term successful plan.
Ray Allen impersonates those skills. That mentality. “You don’t have to be good to start. You have to start to be good.”
This article could have had 10K+ words on Allen’s mentality and work ethic.
However, there are two moments from coach Eric Spoelstra worth mentioning.
Spoelstra was already the head coach of the Miami Heat back in 2010 NBA Playoffs.
He knew that the Boston Celtics arrived in town earlier that day. Eric saw Allen entering a cycling session where he just got out off.
“ “I was curious,” Spoelstra recalls.
Was that really Allen? Did he come in just to loosen up his joints after a long flight? A stretch to warm up the muscles? Maybe just a few minutes, right?
The instructor, a devoted Heat fan, confirmed it was Allen.
“But don’t worry about him, Coach,” the Miami instructor told Spoelstra. “I crushed him, double-time for an hour. He wanted it. But believe me, he’ll have no legs tomorrow.”
Allen torched the Heat for 25 points the next night.”
The latter story explains how meticulous Ray Allen is with his body to perform.
Most NBA athletes could have had a rough game after the session.
December 2012. in the Nation’s capital. A road trip with three days between games. Thus, Spoelstra decided to push his players with a tough practice. One of the most arduous practices in the season.
The roster was exhausted. Was it worth it within a six game winning streak?
After practice the Miami players start gathering their stuff to go back to the hotel by bus.
Allen had other ideas. He was putting on a winter hat and gloves to go outside.
“I’ll see you at the hotel,” Allen said. “I’m going for a run.”
The hotel was more than 3 miles (5 Km) away. The reigning MVP LeBron James saw Allen bundling up. So the uber-competitive James also suited up and jogged with him.
“Just a casual 5KM among future Hall of Famers after practice.”
The “Everyday Ray”, that’s how Allen’s called inside the NBA world. Most probably you won’t out-work Ray Allen.
Successful individuals see the long game. Not just tomorrow’s winning game.
Where do you want to be in 10 years? Write it down and plan daily from now on.
Lastly, here is a video displaying the “Routine” of “Everyday Ray”