The Game Plan

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(This is an excerpt from the book The Next Few Years Will Change Your Life from former BYU and NBA basketball player, Travis Hansen.)

In basketball, we create a game plan. The game plan is based on scouting reports about the strengths and weaknesses of an opponent and outlines how to attack both. A game plan has every detail covered. If you are guarding a dribbler who favors his right hand and likes to go to that side, you adjust your defense to not worry so much about him going to his left.

In life, your game plan might include reading the scriptures; praying every day; and avoiding drinking, doing drugs, and other inappropriate activities. Your plan might include a goal to do something physical every day to help your body grow and be healthy. The “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlet, available to all LDS youth, has a great game plan on how to attack issues of modesty, chastity, and media exposure, as well as how to prepare for missions and marriage.

Once you have a plan, you will feel more confident in your own skin. Once you start meeting your goals and experiencing success, your feelings of self-worth will grow and your self-esteem will increase. When you accomplish things, you will feel better about yourself.

If you know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and have a game plan to avoid your weaknesses and rely on your strengths, it won’t bother you when people tease you or make fun of you for wearing an old, long coat. In fact, you are likely to find yourself warmer, humbler, and safer than those who choose instead to go with the flow and fit in with the crowd.

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