Game performances occur in the present, not in the past or future.
Although recalling positive
memories of past performances and visualizing future ones can be useful, the
best state of mind to be in is in the present.
George Mumford, who also work
with the L.A. Lakers when Phil Jackson was coach, currently works with sports
teams at Boston College. He still remembers his best student on the Bulls, none
other than Michael Jordan "Michael made no distinction between practice and a
game in terms of the effort he puts in," Mumford recalled. "He was the first
one running sprints and doing all the other drills. He didn't have to prove
anything, and yet he was always pushing himself. Not in an abusive way, but
because he was truly in the moment and enjoying what he was
Before, during and after
practice and competition, constantly remind yourself, "Right here is the best
place, and right now is the only time."
Winning Spirit" by Joe Montana and Tom Mitchell