“My thought process is to just educate athletes and people around you about what is really going on, especially basketball players,” Jaylen Brown said. “A lot of people wait until the end of their careers to really get things going. I thought it would be more beneficial to start early, put your foot in the door and start educating yourself, because technology investments are where the real money is at.”
I am all in. I am an athlete. I eat, breath, bleed and sleep my sport. I block out all extraneous distractions. I don't need or even speak to people unrelated to my sport or training. All activities that don't directly or even indirectly impact how I perform on the playing surface get excluded from my life. I am all in. I am an athlete.
Is this a recipe for sustained elite athletic performance or a human train-wreck?
Where is your game mentally? Is your mind conditioned to provide direction and control over those polished physical skills when it’s time to perform? The mind is the link between preparation and performance, and it is essential to have adaptive and effective mental conditioning in order to achieve peak performance. Mental conditioning is a process that can be developed, refined, and shaped over time. Incorporate these strategies to develop a strongly conditioned mind that is primed to empower your best performance.
Not too long ago, if you'd mentioned the words mindfulness or meditation in a sporting locker room, you would have been laughed out the door.
Mindfulness and meditation are not yet buzz-words. However, stories of individuals and teams successfully applying the techniques for improvements in both performance and resilience are becoming much more common.
Whilst many of the anecdotes you have heard as to the benefits of mindfulness are likely based on personal, subjective stories; there are numerous substantive studies backing the claims of the benefits of mindfulness for athletes. These benefits include increased composure, greater reaction speed, improved concentration and focus, and a higher potential to reach a state of ‘flow.'
We think of transitions as times we made big changes- Moving away from home, leaving a team and starting with a new one, graduating from school, job restructuring, and retirement. But in reality, we are always making transitions, some are big, some are small. The small ones prepare us for the big ones. The process can be the same. And if you keep the process the same, then the big, sometimes intimidating, transitions, can be managed more effectively. To the point where transition isn’t a negative experience, but a very positive experience.