Basketball Mental Aspects - Create A Compelling Story
From the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
by Anthony B. Lanzillo
Tone Lanzillo is a mental prep coach to athletes who want to be mentally prepared to play their best game. He has worked with student-athletes, from middle school through high school and into college, in such sports as basketball, football, soccer and lacrosse. Over the past several years, he has written for a number of sports blogs and websites, including FirstDown Playbook, Coaches Training Room, Ultimate Hockey Source, and Lax Playbook.
Contact: Anthony B. Lanzillo
"It's not about the performance - it's about the story behind the performance." - Rasmus Ankersen - The Gold Mind Effect
Every basketball player is a story teller. Every day, this player tells himself a story about who he is, where he came from and what his future will probably look like. The story, inside the player's head, will have a major impact upon how he sees himself as an athlete, and how he interprets what happens in his sports life. And this story will influence the decisions and choices he makes on a daily basis.
Hoosiers... what a story!
Because this player is thinking and worrying about things out of his control, he is looking at his sports life as a victim, and sees various events and experiences through a negative lens. This story will pull him down emotionally and could contribute to him making the wrong choices and decisions as a basketball player.
As a basketball coach, especially at the beginning of your season, you want to encourage your players to create compelling stories about their lives as basketball players. You want these players to have a positive self-image and truly believe in themselves. You want players who are self-driven, and know how to inspire and motivate themselves to play up to their potential.
In creating a compelling story, the players can begin by recalling and remembering why they started playing the game. They can reflect upon what initially attracted them to basketball and what they love about the game. They can identify various events in their sports life where they met and rose above different challenges or obstacles to become better players. And they can review negative experiences from the past and how they put them into a positive frame of reference.
Your players need to create stories that provide a vivid and clear picture of every empowering moment from their sports lives that helped them become the athletes they are today. They need to create stories that put themselves in a productive and pro active state of mind. They need stories that compel them to give their best effort at every practice, training session and game. The players need stories where they see themselves as the hero who can rise above any challenge or obstacle in the future.
Related page: Basketball Mental Prep Playbook
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