Have deep roots, a strong trunk. Live long by looking long. —Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
In high school and college, my life revolved around basketball. I was taught from an early age that when I got a rebound, I should “look long” down the court. If a pass wasn’t possible, the next best option was to look for an outlet pass to someone on my team moving down court rapidly in order to get the ball to the goal early—ahead of the other team— at the other end of the court.
In basketball, it is always easier if you get to the goal with the ball ahead of your competition. By looking long, you can sense the play as it is taking shape. If you get there early with the ball, you score—unless you miss an easy shot.
Looking long ...