Daily Short-hOPT: Opportunity vs. Impossibility

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Charles Swindoll

On March 8, 2014, the UCONN men’s basketball team finished out their regular season by getting beat by 33 points. Nearly a month later, they won the NCAA championship. Instead of disaster, UCONN coach Kevin Ollie saw opportunity. 

Speaking on that 33 point loss in an article on bleacherreport.com, Coach Ollie said this: 

“I’m glad that happened, because we went back and I had to evaluate myself as a coach, and I hope every player went to their dorms and looked at themselves in the mirror and evaluated their effort. Down times like that just promote you.”

You read that right: he’s glad he lost by 33 points to wrap up his regular season. In essence, he’s right. That moment had to happen. Ithad to happen because it made them better. Without that drubbing, UCONN may not have been hoisting that National Championship trophy last night. 
It is in times of great adversity that we find out who we are and what we’re really made of. For Kevin Ollie and his Huskies, that meant taking a look within, realizing what needed to change, and then taking the necessary steps to change it. His group of “fighters” parlayed a thrashing into a championship because they chose to see or as an opportunity instead of a figurative death sentence. 

The UCONN men’s basketball team was faced with what appeared to be an impossible situation. They were just beaten soundly by one of the best teams in the country. Their goal was to win a title in a tournament filled with nothing but the best teams in the country. Yet they did it. They took a seemingly impossible situation and chose to view it as an opportunity. That choice made all the difference. 

Have an awesome Tuesday,
-A. 

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