I have worked my butt off and trained like a tour de france competitor. I have read all the guides on basketball training and preparation. I have stretched,warmedup, and even stuck to the philisophy of doing the same ritual before every game. What am I doing wrong? What could possibly be the problem? Mental preparation.
Through my many years of playing and studying basketball I have noticed that the mental aspects of basketball seem to be foreign to most players. That’s what separates good players from great players and go one step further and you will see that preparation way before a ball is even touched is what separates great players from All-stars. Mental preparation is spiritual basketball. Not only is physical conditioning necessary ,but getting into the mindset to do well is equally important. I have run across great players who have all of the physical attributes necessary to dominate on the court and it does not happen. That is because they did not take the time to get in the right mindset to capitalize on all the hard work they have done off the court. Here are a couple of ways I stay in a focused mental state before a workout or game.
3 Tips on mental preparation for basketball
I meditate every single day. At first its difficult because of all of the thoughts that run through your head, but as you make it a habitat it will get easier. Right before I workout or play I take 15 minutes and I dedicate it to clearing my mind of all thoughts even basketball. This step is important in the sense that it relaxes your mind and body.
- Focus on how you are going to play
After clearing my thoughts I flood my mind with images of how well I am going to play and the actions I intend to exude. I do this for 5 or 10 minutes while stating positive affirmations to myself. If you want to dominate then you have to feel like your a dominating player. You have to feel it in your core.
- Let Go!!!!!!
In order to bring this process together you have to let go after doing the work. Let the universe take over. This means go have fun. We as humans are at are best when we live and work in passion. This does not make me less competitive, it makes more appreciative of my position. Lebron James did not win his first title until he let go and appreciated his position. He started to have fun again. Do the work,let go, have fun!
I have used these what I call “tricks of the trade” for over 10 years and it has never failed me. Not once. This is not a guarantee that you will play like Kobe Bryant, but you will be more relaxed and confident. I do guarantee that you will be a better you after implementing these tidbits (along with physical training) to your everyday mental preparation regiment. Put the work,Get the work out.