Phil Jackson is one of my most favorite NBA coaches. In high school I watched all the NBA games and the Bulls were one of my favorites!
Looking back, I admire how one guy can lead a team to victory. Imagine coaching some of the greatest players in history and leading them in some of the greatest games ever played.
As a coach, Phil Jackson had to do things differently. He had to be creative and ensure that he connected to his players to help them be their best.
Phil helped ground his players with mindfulness. He helped his players center themselves with intentional quiet time and exercising their mental strength. To get athletes who were resistant at times to become "willing learners" shows what kind of leader he really is. Coach Jackson challenged his players physically, but emotionally as well.
You see, many people say that they are not “meditators,” that being still or quiet is “not their thing.” The simple fact is, “being” doesn't come naturally for anyone. It is a practice. A habit.
We’ve learned to stay busy. We’ve learned to avoid situations, to keep going. Just as we learn these ways, we can also unlearn them for our emotional and physical well-being.
How much stress do you feel in your life right now?
Sadness or depression?
As we get quiet, we are able to acknowledge and recognize what may be hindering us and in turn also access our best. Yes, it’s awkward at first, and just like with any habit, may be uncomfortable.
What are you willing to do to be your best?
What practices can you add to your life to get centered, build mental strength, and help you through tough times?
What are you willing to learn or try to create some peace, quiet, and calm in your life?
Here’s a short video with Phil Jackson explaining how he incorporated mindfulness into his coaching, as well as how his players received it. Super Soul Sunday
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I promise you, I may not always know what to say or do, but I can be a huge heart with ears.
I believe in you,