Celtics Coach Doc Rivers Headed to Clippers Franchise [Video]

The Benefits of ChangeGlenn Anton “Doc” Rivers is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the NBA’s Boston Celtics.    Rivers was known for his defense while playing in the NBA.  His skills as floor general and  point guard helped him transition into a coach following his playing career.

Coach Rivers has served as head coach for the Boston Celtics since 2004; winning The NBA Finals in 2008.  Since that time the Celtics have had a hard time reaching that momentum again.

Whether this is the time for him to leave or stay might be debatable.  The reality is, he does not want to stay with the Celtics Franchise! So the moment his ‘passion’ left the city, he was misaligned and out of purpose. You need to be where you are free to flourish. So follow your passions and take your talents with you.

There are time in life and business that we have to sit down long enough to reconsider our concepts, our ideas and our philosophies.  These are times we have to re-evaluate our posture and rethink our stance and recommit our strengths.

It is not so much that your goal has to change as it is that your method needs to change.  You don’t have to alter your purpose but your methods do need to change from time to time that your goal might be accomplished. We have often struggled to do things that our skill set did not support and have failed to recondition our training when prior opportunities were available.   Now what?

You must now redefine your purpose, your goals and your mission – just a season of change.  Anytime you go through change life becomes uneasy because people don’t know what to think about change.  We all witnessed the smoke that change caused for LeBron James and even last year for Ray Allen; we’ve also had the pleasure of seeing the benefits of those same changes.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with change because if you expect to grow and NOT change you have a problem – in order for you to develop and be transformed or transfigured or trans-anything something has to change in order for this to be accomplished.

You can not be intimidated because you’ve changed in some areas; it’s good to change.  Don’t let anybody make you feel bad by saying you used to be this or you used to do that.  You can say, yes that’s right – I’m growing.

I’m afraid of people who are doing exactly the same thing they did five years ago – haven’t you learned anything new in five years?  It makes no sense that after five years with all this technology you are still saying or doing exactly the same thing the exact same way!  Sometimes we make the mistake of having our last conviction be the final one.

Change is not easy. But it is simple. Things will always change. We don’t have a choice about that, but we do have a choice on how we react to change; and whether or not we choose to create change. The choice really boils down to this…either we manage change, or it will manage us.

  • Change is constant: Everything we once knew and depended on has changed and is changing, it can be overwhelming. When major change occurs, people have similar reactions of fear, anxiety, self-doubt, and a lack of control. The difference occurs in how individuals respond to change
  • Change is different from transition:  It is important to differentiate between change and transition. Change is situational. It is the event, such as a new house, a new job, or the loss of a family business. Transition is the psychological process one goes through in adapting to change.
  • Perception of the change impacts response:  How one views change has a great impact on the transition. Typically, individuals view change as either opportunity or loss. Unless a successful transition occurs, change will not work. Since change is often beyond our control, it is important to focus on how individuals respond to change, or make the transition.

Deciding to make any type of change is the easy part. Getting on board with change and surviving transition is much more difficult. Why is that? Quite simply, change is instant while transition is an emotional process. We are all creatures of habit who usually resist it, and welcome routine. Uncharted waters are scary!

In the long run, however, sameness is the fast track to mediocrity. And, mediocre people won’t survive. Tuli Kupferburg said it best…”When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” And, that is your challenge…to convince yourself that the new world you are trying to create is better than the one you’re in. Is it easy? Of course not. It takes planning, commitment, patience and courage.

The truth, of course, is that change can be a wonderful gift. In fact, it is the key that unlocks the doors to growth and excitement in any organism. And, most importantly, without it your competition will pass you by. A big part of success will be your ability to inspire yourself to get out of your comfort zone and reassure yourself that even though you are on a new path, it’s the right path, for the right reasons.

Doc Rivers has coached the Celtics through some good and some tough times, but now has decided to move forward in his career; most likely to Los Angeles.  Perhaps, he’s realized that the guys he coached are really great, hard-working guys. But they are no longer the team he needs to be connected to for a legitimate run at another title. That’s where most will stay. They allow the false sense of loyalty to keep them bound. Courage is the ability to walk away from what no longer feeds you.

Never allow your first set of convictions be considered the final decree – always stay current and fresh so you will be operating in the “present truth” for your life.



By:  Cherese Jackson

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