The following is written in Kobe’s book “The Mamba Mentality” as he discusses injuries out of his control and his mindset, and I think it pertains well to what we are going through right now.
The game is full of ebbs and flows—the good, the bad, and everything in between. With all that was going on around me, I had to figure out how to steel my mind and keep calm and centered. That’s not to say my emotions didn’t spike or drop here or there, but I was aware enough to recalibrate and bring them back level before things spiraled. I could do that in a way others couldn’t, and that was really key for me.
This is life right? Ebb and flow of good and bad moments. We are in a challenging one now, and I love how Kobe says “steel my mind” and stay centered. As we grow anxious, or scared, or frustrated, or impatient in this time of unknowns and fear, we can benefit from Kobe’s lesson. Feel what you feel, be self-aware to recognize it, but stay centered and calm, knowing this won’t last forever and we will get through this. This applies to an ER doctor in New York City as well as a high school student learning to study from home without friends/sports at their disposal each day. Do your part of getting better and helping others in the mean time!
What are you listening to? Who are you listening to? What are you reading? What are you watching?
Take a moment to think about what you are feeding your mind and heart. This is a reminder to fill your bucket with things that motivate you, inspire you, and make you happy. There is so much choice in front of us on where to put our eyes and ears, and it is very very hard to stay disciplined to what the right things are.
Fill your bucket with the right things!
A few ideas:
-quality time with quality people
-quiet think time
-a mentor who uplifts you
-time outside in nature
(Less negative people)
Let’s get better! We will post some challenges and drills for you to stay busy with over the next few weeks while we change our normal routines to do our part to social distance and stay healthy. Spend time with your families and use this time to recharge. And also use this time to build some skill all by yourself in the driveway, garage, or a court at a park!
200/100 Dribbling and Passing Challenge #PeakHandles
Compete this challenge each day… all you need is your ball, a space to dribble, and a wall to pass against.
200 dribbles and 100 passes
40 Pound Dribbles (20 right/20 left)
40 Pound Between the legs
40 Behind the Back V’s
40 Combo Crosses (cross/between, between/behind, or be creative!)
20 push passes Right
20 push passes Left
20 reach around bounce Right (use ball fake)
20 reach around bounce Left (use ball fake)
20 Stretch chest passes (longer distance)
Post on social media when you complete it. #PeakHandles
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