How To Play As Well As You Practice
Dre Baldwin had a 9-year professional basketball career that took him through 8 countries in all, including Lithuania, Montenegro, Germany, Mexico, Croatia and Slovakia.
He is now a full-time entrepreneur who has authored 29 books and performed 4 TEDxTalks on Discipline, Confidence, Mental Toughness & Personal Initiative.
Some of his books include: The Third Day, The Overseas Basketball Blueprint, How To Play As Well As You Practice
In episode 88 of Demystifying Mental Toughness I had the pleasure of talking to a former professional basketball player, serial author and entrepreneur Dre Baldwin. Dre has written 27 books, one of which is called ‘Playing As Well As You Practice’. Today we dig into this topic as it’s a common challenge many highly driven and motivated athletes, young and old, amateur and professional can struggle with from time to time. Being able to compete “fearlessly” in a tournament or match, to have an aggressive mindset, when things aren’t going quite right or when you’re out of form is a skill that can be learned as you’ll discover. Enjoy tuning in!
Key Takeaways include:
- It’s important to know what it feels like to be able to use your skills in a live uncontrolled situation.
- Getting yourself mentally ready so that you go into tough situations and are able to respond instinctively is vital.
- It’s important to get your butt kicked every now and then so that you know what it feels like and you know that you can survive it.
- To get over performance anxiety, preparation is key.
- Look to make your practice and training very difficult, as Michael Jordan said ‘he was always trying to make his practice harder than the game.’
- Any thinking is overthinking when you are performing.
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