Becoming a strong athlete or top basketball player is no small feat. In sports, the arts, and even in the military, a lot of the grunt work is dominantly physical and intricately also mental. Mental attitudes shape performance and performance shapes results. Often times the audience approach to basketball performance analysis is limited to what we see on the external, but the battle as they say, is in the mind. When we think of performance we don’t think about how much focus is required to let go of distractions coming from the crowd or even fellow team mates, learning to breath under pressure, to make a foul shot which is predominantly a 90% mental action, How does the mind affect performance? Can being in your own head toy with how you perform on the court? These are questions basketball psychologists try to answer by studying mental attitudes and competitive advantage in relation to performance. According to this is a list of skills needed to be a top performer in basketball. Not surprising that this list also works with achieving mastery level as an artist . The saying goes that “excellence is therefore not an act, but a habit” and achieving excellence in the world of basketball has been attributed not only to the prowess of the player but also the presence of a mental coach. Mental coaches also serve as mentors, an essential ingredient in developing skill and mastery of game and even self.
Mental coaches provide an accountability structure for players working to develop strong mental attitudes towards performance. It is the mental coach who provides the feedback on mistakes, lack of focus, corrections on play and position. Mental coaches help athletes develop in these areas of focus:
There is no difference between this area of focus for basketball and even what is needed to become a master in the arts. To achieve a level of mastery requires constant skill acquisition, challenging plateaued levels and developing mental toughness. In his new book “Mastery”, Robert Greene the author of New York Times bestseller “The 48 Laws of Power” released writes about the process of becoming one of the masters, and the skills needed to do so are highly attached to these areas of mental focus.
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