Great players and teams have the ability to be fully present in the moment. They can block out everything else and just focus on what is right in front of them. The average player or team unfortunately thinks too much about the past or worries too much about the future. This post is all about the power of now, as there is no more important time then what is right in front of you.
I came across this interesting quote form Celitcs Coach Brad Stevens that motivated me to write this post:
If we look ahead, we’ll get pounded… You play the game in front of you, you play the possession in front of you. If you look ahead or behind, you’re dead.”
The Power of Now for Teams
What Brad Stevens talks about is very important and true for both teams and individuals. For example if the Golden State Warriors started to think too much about winning more games than the 72 win Chicago Bulls their current win streak would be over sooner rather than later. Instead of thinking about what might happen in a few months time the Warriors have to think and prepare for the next opponent at hand. You have to think one game at a time if you want to be successful.
The problem is that if teams lose focus on the present moment they will start to get sloppy. They might take short cuts in their preparation and they will not get the best out of everyone on the team.
On the other hand if everyone involved is 100% focused on the next game then preparation and execution will be at a high level. If the teams mindset is that every game is the championship game they will play with the alertness and presence you need to succeed.
The Power of Now for Players
For you as a player it is all about the next workout or your next gym session or whatever you have coming up next.
Say you are going in to work on your shot this morning for 45 minutes. You need to make sure that during that workout nothing else matters. You don’t think about what you will do tonight or tomorrow. You will also not allow any negative thoughts from your last workout to creep into your mind. If you had a bad workout yesterday there is nothing you can do about it! You can’t change what happened yesterday and todays workout is a fresh start. So get on the court and put all your focus on the next shot you take, nothing else matters in that moment in time!
Developing the power of now takes practice and time but once you establish this kind of focus ability your skills or your teams performance will go through the roof!