Next game coming up this this weekend!
Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise. - Kobe Bryant
This weekend we are going to play an out of state tournament. It’s a new team and there’s a lot of pressure but as Kobe says pressure is my opportunity to rise. Time to Rise Up! Time to prepare to be a top basketball recruit in 2021. How do you do that you might ask. Well, there are a couple of ways to do that. Here are my favorite things to do before the game. I like to call this my mental gym training.
01. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize.
If you can see it then you can make it happen. A lot of coaches tell you to get in the gym, but what they don’t tell you is that 90% of the game is mental. Do you ever wonder why some guys kill it in practice and can’t do it in the game? It’s because they get that added pressure and they shoot long or they loose the ball or they turn the ball over. What changed? Did the other guys get better? Did they get worse? No. The only thing that changed is their mental idea of what is going on in the game. Pressure exists only in your mind. So if you want to be a great basketball player you have to exercise your mind.
02. Shoot 10 Free Throws In A ROW!
This is one of the best exercises in the world. Make 10 Free throws in a row. I love this exercise because it combines the mental part with the game with the physical part of the game. Once you get to the point where you can make 10 free throws in a row you need to step it up and get to the point where you SWISH 10 free throws in a row. This is the best exercise ever. Here are the rules:
- Shoot your first free throw.
- Make 10 in a row
- If you miss one you do 2 push ups.
- If you miss two in a row you do 4 push ups.
- If you miss three in a row you do 6 push ups and so on.
Take some time to do nothing. There is a great audio book called the Maverick Mindset by Dr. John Eliot. It’s kind of old, but it’s really good. In the book he talks about the a lot of things like: Why setting goals is for couch potatoes and how if you want to be successful you have to take time a play a little. You can’t be work work work all of the time. This has really helped me a lot with my basketball games.
For me it kind of goes like this. If you work an hour you have to rest an hour. If you work two hours then you need to rest two hours. You get the idea. Relax and don’t think about all of the hard work you just put in, actually don’t think about anything that has to do with basketball at all. Try it out and let me know how it works out for you.