Three life lessons NBA Finals 2016 taught us

An emotional LeBron James embraces teammate Kevin Love after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to become 2016 NBA Champions.

An emotional LeBron James embraces teammate Kevin Love while J. R. Smith celebrates nearby after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to become 2016 NBA Champions.

By Carmen Glover

It’s no secret that sports sometimes act as a metaphor for life and amid the rush of euphoria being felt by fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers who won their first NBA Championship with a decisive 93-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors, there are some important lessons to learn. The victory comes after a 52-year drought in professional team championship in Cleveland in any sport.

As NBA fans around the globe celebrate with the deserving Cavaliers (I was rooting for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors because I admire his tattoo-free, wholesome image and his thrilling style of play) the lessons that can be derived from the results of the NBA Finals 2016 are worthy of emulation.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors and win the 2016 NBA Championship trophy.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors and win the 2016 NBA Championship trophy.

  1.  Never Give Up On Your Dreams

Throughout his life, James, 31, has been driven to succeed, propelled by a fierce desire to escape poverty, reach the pinnacle of basketball, while being an astute businessman, loyal friend, devoted father and exemplary team-mate. After a successful career at St Vincent-St. Mary High School, he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft

After failing to win an NBA championship, he bolted for Miami Heat in 2010 in a controversial ESPN special called “The Decision,” in which he famously announced that he was “taking my talents to South Beach.”  With the Heat, he won consecutive NBA championship titles in 2012 and 2013 before returning to Cleveland to lead his team to the ultimate victory last night, June 19, coming back from 3-1, a feat never before seen in the NBA Finals. “Cleveland,” James screamed as tears of joy streamed down his face, “This is for you.”

In his first year as head coach, Tyronn Lue, 37, leads the Cleveland Cavaliers to the team's first NBA Championship.

In his first year as head coach, Tyronn Lue, 39, leads the Cleveland Cavaliers to the team’s first NBA Championship.

In life, we all face disappointments, uncertainty, betrayals and what appears to be insurmountable odds but the key to true success is an unwavering impetus to keep on pushing and fighting until the bitter end. Curry and the Warriors failed miserably in that regard, which, though unfortunate, provided a poignant lesson to all viewers of the game

 2.  Leaders Set An Example

Throughout the NBA regular season and Finals, it was evident that James was frustrated with his teammates when they failed to perform according to what was expected. In the past, he took out his frustration by posting cryptic messages on social media and demonstrating questionable body language.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 2016 NBA Champions.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 2016 NBA Champions.

But when the team was in the 3-1 Finals hole, an epiphany occurred and the Cavaliers finally understood that they were in that hole together. Every member of the team stepped up and contributed with James, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Richard Jefferson and Kevin Love providing pivotal, albeit inconsistent and spirited, performances. Banding together, the Cavaliers erased all questions about their supremacy and created NBA history by becoming the first team to come back from a 3 game deficit to win the championship.

With first- time head coach Tyronn Lue at the helm, the team responded, came together and were victorious. Conversely, the Warriors fell apart, in more ways than one, with Draymond Green missing game five due to a suspension and Curry being ejected during game six. Meanwhile, coach Steve Kerr, basking in the glory of a team assembled by former Knick Mark Jackson, disappeared along with Klay Thompson, Shaun Livingston and other usually productive players.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors failed to repeat as consecutive NBA Finals Champions as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers battled valiantly to the finish and emerged victorious.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors failed to repeat as consecutive NBA Finals Champions as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers battled valiantly to the finish and emerged victorious.

3.  Achieving Goals Require Grit and Focus

The Warriors got caught up in the hype after winning their first two games on home turf and stealing one in Cavaliers territory. They became complacent and sloppy, conducting themselves with a careless aura of arrogance that was shortsighted at best and immature at worst. Amid the theatrics, they forgot one important lesson: It takes single-minded focus and grit to achieve goals and you cannot rest until you taste victory.

The Cavaliers, on the other hand, were steadfast in their goal of hoisting the NBA Championship trophy. They recovered swiftly from their mistakes and remained focused on the task at hand. They played with passion and purpose. The Cleveland Cavaliers deserved to win and the lessons that their championship run taught us can be applied to every life situation. Congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers! Well done and thanks for the lessons!–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

Honor loved ones while they’re alive

As people grapple with issues related to health, emotional health, employment and survival, it's important to keep the bonds of love, family and friendship strong.

As people grapple with issues related to health, emotions, employment and survival, it’s important to keep the bonds of love, family and friendship strong.

By Carmen Glover

Prince, Maurice White, David Bowie, Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews and Glenn Frey are among notables that have passed on from the world of entertainment in 2016 and we are only in the month of April. One striking feature of this year so far is the many deaths that have occurred both in the lives of ordinary citizens and among the ranks of entertainers.

Maintaining bonds of friendship and family helps to keep us connected with loved ones.

Maintaining bonds of friendship and family helps to keep us connected with loved ones.

There have been numerous incidents of mass killings, gang warfare in the inner cities, natural disasters, road rage and disagreements between friends, families and co-workers that have resulted in deaths. Also, data released last week indicated that the suicide rates have increased by 24 percent over the past two decades, which is another area of societal concern. With each death comes an awareness of our own mortality. With each death comes the realization that it is important for us to honor our loved ones while they are alive.

The bonds of friendship are integral to a fulfilled life.

The bonds of friendship are integral to a fulfilled life.

If there is a family member, friend, or member of your close circle that you have neglected, reach out and reconnect. Your action might be as simple as a telephone call, but make the effort to engage that person in conversation just to gauge how they are doing. Express interest in their well-being, and if your schedules allow for you to meet and catch up, do so. Let the trend that has developed so far in 2016 be a guide illustrating  the importance of honoring your loved ones while they are alive.

Friends and family add texture and balance to our lives and should be consciously nurtured.

Friends and family add texture and balance to our lives and should be consciously nurtured.

Sometimes, closure is difficult when things are left unsaid or potential moments to connect with loved ones are routinely ignored due to the hustle and bustle associated with working, raising families, maintaining our health and enjoying our lifestyles. Yet, with hindsight often comes the realization that we had the power to engage more with our loved ones but we chose not to do so.

Taking time to nurture friendships enhance our lives by providing us with a circle of support and love.

Taking time to nurture friendships enhance our lives by providing us with a circle of support and love.

Is there someone who you have been meaning to call but you haven’t followed up with that small act so far this year? Has your mind been flooded with thoughts of a loved one but you pushed the thoughts away? Has someone been reaching out to you repeatedly to meet but you offer a myriad of excuses instead? Life is fleeting. Death is final. Take the time today to prioritize family and friendship. Make an effort to keep the bonds of connection strong, durable and lasting.–OnPointPress.net-

 

Trust your instincts, enjoy improved results

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By Carmen Glover

Do you sometimes have a strong impulse to do something radical like leaving a dead-end job, terminating a toxic relationship, returning to school or starting a new business? Do you sometimes have a strong feeling that someone is not to be trusted? Do you then find yourself offering a litany of excuses why it does not make sense to move forward with the course of action that your instincts indicate is the right step?

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You are not alone. Each one of us, at some point, can recall a time when instincts told us to avoid a certain person, circumstance or environment. We can remember vividly the outcome of our choice. With reflection, a picture emerged and we are clear that our instincts spoke to us at the time, whether or not we chose to listen.

Green Follow your Instincts Road sign on Cloud Background.

Green Follow your Instincts Road sign on Cloud Background.

People who are instinctive in their actions rely on all of their senses to guide their decisions. Regardless of how they are perceived by others, they trust their instincts. If you are at a crossroads, mulling options, weighing pros and cons, turn inward. Yes, it’s helpful to get input from people who you trust but the most accurate guide is your instincts. Trust them to lead you along the path that is right for you and enjoy the improved results that manifest with decisive action–OnPointPress.net–

Change fuels growth, embrace it

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By Carmen Glover

Have you ever found yourself fighting with all of your might against change? Change is usually the precursor to growth. By resisting change, you are not only delaying the inevitable, you are choosing to remain stagnant.

If you have been thinking about unrealized goals or if you have just started to list your goals for this month, make room for change. If a particular way of doing things no longer suits you then change it. Take action and make change so that you can grow.

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If your career path no longer brings you joy, change the way that you work or the field of employment entirely. If your significant relationships cause you to feel unhappy, resentful, constantly angry or stuck in place, change what you can even if it means moving on from what no longer brings you joy.

Whatever you do, make a decision today to move forward. Change your surroundings, change your mindset, change your associations, change your eating habits, change your exercise routine, change your life. Do not resist the opportunity to change, in time you will see that change is the catalyst to the most successful period of your life—OnPointPress.net–

 

 

3 Tips to assess and achieve goals

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By Carmen Glover

As we welcome the month of February we also have the opportunity to assess the level of progress that we have made with our resolutions and goals for 2016.

If you have started slowing down with your exercise regimen, reverted to poor eating habits, procrastinated with your job search, slacked off with writing your book or completing time sensitive projects now is the time to regain momentum. Yes, it’s easier to state what needs to be done than it is to follow through but you can get started by following these three quick steps:

Document Priority Goals:  Determine what your realistic goals are and write them down in order of importance. To avoid clutter and confusion do not include farfetched ideas that cannot be reasonably achieved within your timeline.

Develop A Plan And Timeline: Remember that any goal that lacks a meaningful timeline is a wish or a dream. In order for you to develop an effective plan of action you need to embrace the concept of including specific, do-able timelines.

Start Small: Although you might be running behind in terms of what you hoped to achieve by this point, don’t lose heart. Reboot your goals, tweak your timeline and breakdown the tasks into smaller items. As soon as you achieve one goal, reward yourself and move on to the next.

While it is discouraging to be somewhat behind in what you set out to achieve, don’t use that delay as an excuse to stop. Focus on what you want to achieve and then go for it–OnPointPress.net–

The value of mentoring is unrivaled

Being a caring mentor to a child could be the difference to that child's future achievements.

Being a caring mentor to a child could be the difference to that child’s future achievements.

By Carmen Glover

For the entire month of January, the act of mentoring is celebrated under the umbrella of National Mentoring Month. Also, on January 21, mentees were encouraged to thank their mentors for Thank Your Mentor Day.

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One of the strongest indicators of career success for many professionals is the involvement of caring mentors. When a child shows interest in a particular career path pairing that child with a mentor often sets the stage for that child to explore, at an early age, whether or not that career path will be viable.

When a teenager begins to consider career paths and is exposed to individuals who are doing well in that desired career path, as well as being paired with a mentor, it cements confidence. As that teenager enters college, trade school or other forms of educational endeavors, the comfort that the adolescent will benefit from a professional who can provide honest feedback, guidance, resources and introductions to others who are excelling in the career field of choice, provides dividends that are priceless. When a worker is paired with a mentor regardless of that worker’s age or stage on the career continuum, that act paves the way for the worker to navigate steps and climb the career ladder with greater dexterity and speed than before.mentoring1

I have benefitted from mentors throughout my professional career and for that I am immensely grateful. Not only do I consider my most enduring mentor to be caring, effective and helpful, I consider him to be a lifelong friend. Similarly, I have been a mentor to several younger professionals both in the field of media and education. The experience has been rewarding, especially when I see the mentee excelling in a chosen career.

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If you have never mentored a younger professional, consider doing so this year. Conversely, if you have never had a mentor, I suggest you diligently seek one without delay. The relationship between mentor and mentee is usually fulfilling and satisfying both professionally. Try it for yourself and share your experiences with us.–OnPointPress.net–

Jamaican foundation gifted by D.C. group

Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (centre), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, and His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) present a cheque for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks (right), Founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, yesterday (Thursday, January 21) at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Kingston. The Foundation was selected as a beneficiary of the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, held in May 2015 in Washington D.C.

L-R: His Excellency Ralph Thomas, Jamaica’s ambassador tot he USA and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC,  minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, present a check for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks, founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation on Thursday, January 21, at the Ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston.

January 23, 2016, Kingston, JA: Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade handed over a check for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks for her Nathan Ebanks Foundation on Thursday, January 21 at the ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston.

On hand for the presentation were Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and His Excellency Ralph Thomas, Jamaican ambassador to the United States of America and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS). The check represents part proceeds from the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, which was held in May 2015 at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Christine Staple Ebanks (right), Founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, presents a copy of her book “Raising Nathan” to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (centre), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, while His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) looks on, yesterday (Thursday, January 21) at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Kingston. The Nathan Ebanks Foundation received a cheque for US$4000 after being selected as a beneficiary of the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, held in May 2015 in Washington D.C.

Christine Staple Ebanks , founder and president of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, presents a copy of her book “Raising Nathan” to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (center), minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, while His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), ambassador to the USA and permanent representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States (OAS) looks on.

The Nathan Ebanks Foundation, which was recommended by the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the OAS, was selected by OWA as one of 3 beneficiaries chosen in 2015 to receive a donation to assist in its mission of capacity building of parents, teachers and other caregivers of children with physical and mental disabilities

Minister Nicholson thanked the foundation for “playing its part in raising the public awareness level of children with disabilities.” At the same time, Ambassador Thomas in congratulating the Foundation for being selected noted that he looked “forward to the report of the positive impact that the project, funded by this donation, will bring to these special needs children.”

The Nathan Ebanks Foundation was co-founded in 2007 by Christine Staple Ebanks and her husband, Robert, whose son Nathan, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at nine-months old.  The foundation’s mandate is to ensure that all children, particularly children with disabilities and special needs, are included, empowered and supported in their efforts to access and participate in holistic development, on the journey to realizing their full potential.–OnPointPress-net—

Embrace new opportunities, goals, methods in 2016

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By Carmen Glover

As 2016 gets into full swing, undoubtedly you find yourself pondering a new direction in several areas of your life–job, career, relationships, education, diet, weight and other unfulfilled goals such as travel and entrepreneurship.

For many people, a new year offers the opportunity to shed circumstances, people and methodologies that no longer suit them. For others, it provides the impetus to act on decisions that were made the previous year but which they lacked the courage and discipline to put into place.

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Regardless of what category you find yourself, take the time to harness the range of opportunities that a brand new year offers. Let 2016 be the year that you brush off long dormant dreams, unfinished projects and un-expressed goals.

Let 2016 be the year that you live up to your life’s purpose and achieve your goals in an unmatched way. But don’t forget to seek guidance from your source of faith while relying firmly on your supportive network. Keep us abreast of your progress!–OnPointPress.net

BREAKING: NYC mayor launches major mental health initiative

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio launched a comprehensive mental health initiative today.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio launched a comprehensive mental health initiative today.

By Carmen Glover

On Monday, November 22, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, flanked by his wife, two children and staff, announced a major mental health initiative that is right on time since studies show that people who have mental illness often feel more lonely and hopeless during the holiday season.

“Maybe there’s a little hope that we can stare down these challenges and not be afraid to talk about them and seek the help that people deserve,” Mayor de Blasio said, in announcing that he will allocate $800 million over four years to fund his bold and much needed initiative named “Thrive NYC: A Road Map for Mental Health.”

Among the highlights of the initiative is the plan to train 2,250 mental health first aide workers, hire 100 school mental health consultants and hire 400 doctors for the NYC Mental Health Corps.

For a video of the Mental Health Road Map in action click here:

The mayor is no stranger to mental illness and substance abuse because he grew up in a household with a father who struggled with both. His father was an alcoholic who committed suicide when the mayor was 18. Also, de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, 20, has battled substance abuse, anxiety and depression. Asked how she was coping during the press conference convened to talk about the initiative, Chiara smiled and said: “I’m doing better. I would say there’s always challenges.”

New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, who has spearheaded her husband’s mental health agenda, was pleased with the massive financial commitment to the issue.

“The good news is that mental illness is treatable. We know what works. We have the tools.”

As the homeless population has exploded in New York City, data has shown a correlation between mental illness and homelessness. The new mental health initiative will go a long way towards curbing homelessness by reaching affected individuals before they descend into despair and provide vital services to those who already suffer in silence–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

 

Having health insurance before emergency strikes is crucial

People rarely plan for hospital stays. Unfortunate incidents and illnesses force hundreds into the hospital on a daily basis. Are you prepared?

People rarely plan for hospital stays. Unfortunate incidents and illnesses force hundreds into the hospital on a daily basis. Are you prepared?

By Charles Glover, Jr.

If there is one lesson to take away from the month of October, which emphasized  Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Awareness, it is that being proactive and prepared can save your life. Yet, how do you prepare for an accident, illness, violence, or natural disasters? While we pray for those harshly affected by Hurricane Patricia, it serves as a reminder that there is only so much we can plan for.

 

The job of a qualified insurance agent is to educate families and individuals about the potential pitfalls that exist in most insurance plans and help fill those gaps. Hospital indemnity plans and accident plans are the most common forms of protection that provide benefits directly to the insured in case of accident or illness, in many cases.

When you meet with your insurance agent, make sure you read the fine print in your insurance plan and ask many questions.

When you meet with your insurance agent, make sure you read the fine print in your insurance plan and ask many questions.

When a person is hurt or critically ill, the only thing they should have to worry about is healing. Unfortunately, healthcare costs can become an albatross resulting in substantial financial loss and, in many cases, bankruptcy.

As open enrollment continues, be sure to read the fine print on your health insurance plans and ask your insurance advisor as many questions as possible. There are plans to help those who have to go the hospital for a wide range of reasons including cancer, domestic violence, heart attack, stroke, slip and fall and mental health issues. Make sure you plan ahead so that when disaster strikes, the only concern is healing as soon as possible.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr., your Insurance Advisor, is a senior writer at OnPointPress.net and a Licensed Insurance Professional working with HealthMarkets. 

Contact me directly at (470)755-9940 for your health insurance questions and concerns