The Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions! I am a big fan of their head coach, Steve Kerr. A great friend of mine sent me a recent article from the Chicago Tribune about a clutch shot Steve Kerr hit 20 years ago to seal the Chicago Bulls’ 5th championship. To this day I clearly remember that moment. My friends and I were in the basement of my parents’ home watching the game. When he made that shot we jumped up and screamed. This startled my dog and she jumped up and bit my friend’s behind. Ahhh, memories.
In the Tribune article Kerr discusses the things he did to change his mindset so he could perform more consistently in pressure-filled situations.
Steve said, “It was a breakthrough for me because I was a worrier. I was an overthinker and that was probably the first time in a really big situation where I was able to say, 'Screw it,' and just go for it without thought of repercussion. That may sound weird. Some players never have to deal with that in their career. They're born ready to shoot. But not me, and I felt after that point I was much more clutch. I was much more capable of just losing myself in the game and whatever happened, happened.”
He went on to say, “That shot gave me the confidence that not only you can do it, but the mindset that goes along with that, the realization that you just can't worry about it. You've just got to go. I worked a long time to try to achieve that mindset.”
He talked about what he did to gain that mindset saying, “The meditation exercises that Phil (Jackson) did, the mindfulness training, that stuff helped me. Putting yourself in the right mind frame is a pretty difficult thing to do, but that's when it came together for me.”
Sure, you may never have the pressure to make a basket with millions of people watching to win a world championship like Kerr did, but a regular Mindfulness practice may help when you are dealing with the high pressure situations in your life, whatever they may be. With a consistent practice, you too may gain the ability to lose yourself in the situation, to not worry about it, to just go and to be comfortable with whatever may happen.
FYI – The full Tribune article in available at the link below and the individual whose behind my dog took a bite out of is still one of my best friends in the whole world.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance