The Law of Attraction is an extremely powerful tool that can be applied to coaching and playing basketball. It also can be applied to LIFE.
First of all, what is the Law of Attraction? To simplify it, it means you become what you think. You could also say you ATTRACT what you think about.
So if you think about bad things, you'll attract bad things. If you think about positive things and what you're going to do to attain them, positive results will most likely follow.
You could also relate the Law of Attraction to a magnet. Every thought, every emotion will come back to you.
To really make this work…
You need to involve both halves of your brain. That means not only do you say something positive, but you have to see it happening (visualization) and feel it happening. The more emotion (feeling) is involved, the more likely you are to succeed at something.
Now, let's apply this to basketball.
Jimmy pulls up for a 15 foot jump shot and misses long. He thinks, "Gosh, Dang it!!. I suck. Why can't I ever make anything? I always screw everything up." If your thought process goes anything like this or if you have any negative thoughts after a play, STOP NOW!
If you think, "that was a terrible shot" or "you suck", what do you think you're going to attract? More bad plays and more bad shots. This will only hurt your game and cause you to continue to play below your capabilities.
It's very important to replace these negative thoughts with POSITIVE THOUGHTS.
Let's go back to the example before now. Jimmy pulls up for a 15 foot jump shot and misses long. Instead Jimmy thinks, "Okay, that was long. I need a little more arc and higher release point next time. They better not give me that shot again. Otherwise, I'm gonna nail it every time." Jimmy is also visualizing a beautiful shot as he does this.
If you apply the law of attraction to this way of thinking, Jimmy is going to hit more shots and probably hit the next open shot the defense gives him.
Learn from your mistake and apply positive thinking & visualization!
MOST IMPORTANTLY….Apply this to the ALL facets of your LIFE!
In school, you should always think that you're going to do great on your next test. You're going to nail that ACT/SAT test.
At work, apply this to your next meeting. Instead of thinking, "I hope I don't choke in front of the boss again." Think, "I'm gonna nail this presentation!"
At home, if things are not going well, think "I know we're going to work this out and not only are things going to get better, they're going to be great."
Here's a little tip on how to get started with this:
Any time, a negative thought seeps into your head. Catch yourself. Completely stop what you're doing. And replace that negative thought with a positive one. Along with saying this positive affirmation, you have to feel it as well. You have to feel good about it and know it's going to happen.
Preparation Is Key
In addtion to being positive, remember that preparation is the key to success. All of these thoughts must be accompanied with practice and preparation. Simply thinking these thoughts is not enough. You must use actions that will prepare you for these moments as well.
Have you prepared for the ACT/SAT test? Have you studied?
Have you practiced your presentation over and over that you know it like the back of your hand? Have you visualized yourself nailing it?
Have you researched ways to better interact with your partner? Have you studied better ways to communicate? Have you read books? Have you consulted with professionals? Don't have money... find somebody an older couple you know that is still together and happy.
Apply this to basketball and most importantly, your life, and you WILL see TREMENDOUS results.
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