Below is an abbreviated definition of the word "purpose" from Dictonary.com:
"The reason for which something is done."
Basic, but very powerful.
If you want to be successful, on or off the court, there must be a distinct purpose to everything you do. Everything.
If you don't have purpose or don't have purposeful preparation, then you are wasting time, effort, and in some cases money.
One of my favorite quotes is, "Don't confuse being busy with being productive." If you don't have purpose, you aren't being productive.
What was the purpose of our off-season strength and conditioning workouts?
To reduce the occurrence and severity of injury and to improve movement efficiency and skill potential for the pre-season.
What was the purpose of our pre-season training program?
To lay the foundation for practice and build team chemistry and unity.
What was the purpose of practice?
To improve performance in games and give our team the best chance to win.
What was the purpose of watching film?
To improve our basketball I.Q. (understanding of the game) as well as examine both individual and team strengths and weaknesses.
What was the purpose of the regular season?
To prepare for the playoffs and put us in a position to win the championship!
As you can see, everything we have done since the end of last season has been done with the purpose of winning a championship. Everything.
Purposeful thought and preparation went into to every workout, every practice, every film session, and every game plan... all with the goal of winning a championship!
Now we need to take the culmination of those experiences and play hard, smart, and together during our playoff run as we chase our goal.
When it comes time to evaluate your season and time for you to plan your offseason, make sure everything you do has a distinct and clear purpose.
The best way to tell if you have purpose is to see if you have progress. Are the things you are doing providing the desired outcome? If so, then you are working with purpose. If not, you are just staying busy!