What do you do if you get into a shooting slump during your season? Shooters shoot right? So besides continuing to find your open shots in games, what can you do to prepare and be confident when your field goal percentage drops?
-Get in the gym. Do a little extra work by yourself and make shots. Form shooting and putting up shots in an empty gym will reset your mechanics and lift your confidence so you feel good about being a shot maker again.
-Visualize your performance. Close your eyes and literally play the game out in your head the night before. Play your best game and see yourself making shots from all your game spots.
-Create some easy buckets. Confidence is a tricky thing, and you will build it in a game with some easy shots that go through the net. Get to the rim at the start of the game, get to the free throw line, and attack the offensive glass for some easy put backs. Now the jump shot will feel lighter.
-Self talk is key. Great shooters have a short memory when they miss. They are always future focused, ready for the next shot. Play within your skill set and your teams’ offensive game plan, but stay ready to hit the next open shot. Tell yourself you are a great shooter and that you are going to make every shot you take. Believe in yourself and tell yourself that you believe!
Go get buckets.
To live a truly happy life with others, we should practice having an abundance mindset. Knowing the difference between a scarcity mindset and an abundance mindset is critical, and then training yourself to build these habits will boost your relationships, your teamwork, and your happiness.
Scarcity mindset says there will never be enough and the pie will only get smaller with others, and therefore we should hoard information, compassion, and compliments. Having an abundance mindset means we believe in sharing, we see win-win with others, and there will always be more.
Scarcity mindset will make you pessimistic, suspicious of others, entitled, and fearful. Abundance mindset will open you up to working with others to create great things, building trust more easily, growing, and building others up.
Here are some ways to compare the scarcity vs abundance framework:
Want those around you to succeed, and know that it doesn’t take away from what you are doing. The abundance mindset can be applied in each area of your life. Work for more together...
With Thanksgiving Day around the corner let’s take a look at gratitude. We are much better off when we are aware of what we have rather than focusing on the things we may lack or having a victim mindset about our situation. It’s easy to fall into the “grass is always greener” trap, but we have to fight against it and recognize how good we have it. No matter what you are going through, there is always a perspective where you know others have it harder than you do, and you can reframe what is happening to you. This will empower you to make the most of what you are going through—to learn, grow, and stay tough.
When we take time to be grateful for the things in our life, we don’t take them for granted and we are able to be present in those things. When we fail to do this, we often have regrets after the fact (Example: time with family members or a time period in your life that is fleeting).
How often do we approach something with “I have to do this” when we are better served with a thankful mindset of “I get to do this”? This is a mental switch that we are 100% in control of.
Lastly, being grateful does not mean that you don’t want more and you don’t work to have more. Quite the opposite. Being grateful for what you already have generates an inner fulfillment that frees you up to accomplish more and serve others. It’s like a loop that, if done well, keeps you from becoming entitled but fuels you to build a better life in all the ways that are most meaningful (relationships, service, legacy).
So let’s not just be thankful on Thursday as we gather with loved ones, but let’s take time daily to be grateful for where we are in life, what we have been given, and what we can learn from the things that didn’t go our way. Happy Thanksgiving.
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