Vault: Mental Skills

The Iceberg Illusion & Why Mistakes Matter

Icebergs have two parts: what people see (above the surface) and what people don’t see (below the surface). Success Is An Iceberg We often get mesmerized by someone’s above the surface success and don’t factor in all the below the surface opportunity-costs they paid to achieve that success. This is the ‘iceberg illusion’. It’s been a …

The Power of “I am…”

Every once in a while, we get a glimpse into the mindset the separates the good from the great. Kobe gives us a sneak peek in his article, 8Teen, featured on The Player’s Tribune: Maybe I’m just old school. Maybe my line of thinking is that of a rotary phone. Maybe this smartphone generation enjoys …

I Can’t Accept Not Trying

“Back in the day” before email (…okay, I officially feel old writing that, but it’s true…), my college basketball coach photocopied the chapter below and gave it to me and my teammates. It resonated true for me then as an athlete, as still does for me now.  It’s worth printing off and passing along to …

Here’s How To Approah Failure

Those driven toward excellence and winning, should never view failure as something that saps your energy, enthusiasm and vitality. Instead, it provides an opportunity to respond famously by animating, increasing your focus, and viewing the experience itself as an opportunity to learn, develop and adapt. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying significant failures won’t …

Where Do You Place Your Attention?

This video is a fantastic extension to all the discussion that came out of my previous post on mental toughness (see ‘Unfairness: The Missing Ingredient in the Debate on Toughness‘). This is actual footage shot at an in-class session from PGC Basketball… [I never get tired of listening to “Coach D” talk!]. /sef.

Unfairness: The Missing Ingredient In The Debate On Toughness

So, I tried something new the other day. I began soliciting feedback on Facebook. I asked the question: What’s your definition of “TOUGHNESS”..? (Felt like I was opening up a Pandora’s Box. Ha!) Go ahead… chime in. There’s no expiration date on this debate. Vote: You see, toughness is one of those catch-all buzzwords that gets …