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The Michael Jordan Formula for Success

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This is Michael Jordan’s formula for success:

1. KNOW YOUR END RESULT.
Know your end result, and then set small manageable goals to get there. MJ once said, “I set another goal … a reasonable, manageable goal that I could realistically achieve if I worked hard enough. I approached everything step by step.” Right now, write down your goal for next season. How many points per game, rebounds per game, assists or steals per game do you want? What do you want your team to do?

2. TURN YOUR WEAKNESSES INTO STRENGTHS
Know your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. MJ constantly told reporters, “I turn my weaknesses into strengths. I came into the league and they said I couldn’t shoot. I proved them wrong. They said I couldn’t win the scoring championship and also win a title. I proved them wrong too.” Do you know your weaknesses? If so, are you working on turning them into strengths? Click here to learn what your weaknesses and strengths are!

3. BUILD A GREAT TEAM AROUND YOU
Build a great team around you – for your nutrition, your body, your game, and your mind. MJ had the Zen Master, Tim Grover, and a slew of others that helped make him great. Who is on your team? Fill this in with your team. (I helped you out a little bit on the mental side!)

  • STRENGTH:
  • CONDITIONING:
  • MENTAL: BASKETBALLBRAIN.COM
  • SHOOTING:
  • X's and O's:

4. KNOW YOUR DOUBTERS AND HATERS - PROVE THEM WRONG 

Find the motivation from within, but don’t be above using externals to motivate you to action. MJ was driven to be great, he hated to fail and never wanted to be embarrassed. That all came from within. But he also made a mental note of anyone who insulted him or doubted him. There is the LeBradford Smith game, the Van Gundy game, the George Karl game, and so on that demonstrate this point. He liked to get his revenge. Who is doubting you? Who do you want to prove wrong?

5. FAILURE IS JUST A RESULT 

Know that failure is just a result – you take that information and change into a desired result. MJ’s famous commercial notes how many shots he missed, and that the reason for his success was his failure. Don’t be afraid to fail. Are you letting your failures stop you? Do you think your past will be the same as your future? Or are you in the growth frame of mind where you can always get better?

6. VISUALIZE SUCCESS 

Train your mind as hard as you train your body. Visualize, talk to yourself in a positive way. MJ did a lot of mental training – he saw himself succeeding before he actually performed the task. Do you perform mental training? How do you talk to yourself? Do you pick yourself up or do you put yourself down? Here is what MJ said about visualizing:

“I tend to be calm; things tend to slow down… I go into situations where people don’t know the outcome, but I’ve already experienced it in my mind, just playing tricks with myself, so it didn’t feel new to me and I wasn’t afraid to fail with it. Once I began to understand that, I became a master of the game of basketball.”

7. OUT WORK EVERYONE ELSE 

There are no shortcuts. Work harder and longer than everyone around you. MJ was the hardest worker most coaches had ever seen. He lived and breathed basketball – and didn’t just “play.” Anyone can play basketball, few will work at it. He spent hours in the gym – by some accounts eight hours a day. When they said he couldn’t shoot, he routinely shot 1,000 game-speed jumpshots a day. How long are you in the gym and the weightroom? Here is a quick checklist to ensure you are going to dominate. This is similar to MJ's training regiment.

*500 to 1,000 jump shots per day, one rest day per week

*30 minutes game speed ball-handling per day, on rest day per week

*Lift 3 days per week

*Mental training 6 days per week, 1 rest

*Diet: 75% vegetables, 25% healthy protein, lots of water

*Play in intense pick-up games with the best competition

 

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