Linsanity is here and it’s not going away anytime soon. Like most basketball fans, I have had my doubts about how long this feel good story is going to last last but after seeing Jeremy light up my Lakers, and then come back a few games later and hit the game winning shot against the Raptors…well…I’m a believer. This is the feel good story of the NBA and there is a lot we can learn about Lin’s success and use to help us with our own endeavors.
In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons someone experiences success is how much they believe it will happen.
You have to put the work and time in but all this is fueled by self belief that you belong and everything will work out. In Jeremy’s case he was undrafted out of college, played for a few teams, before arriving in the perfect situation for him to showcase his ability; a team that desperately needed a point guard to lead the way.
5 games later he is now a sensation in one of the worlds largest markets. I’m no sports psychologist, but I would say, that right there is mental toughness. Instead of cowering under the pressure and bright lights of New York city, he embraced the pressure and continued to perform at an extraordinary level. Or as athletes call it he’s in the “zone”.
So how does this relate to training and what can we take away from Jeremy Lin’s recent tear.
1. Hard work and self belief are necessary if you want to accomplish something great and when things don’t go exactly as planned and its gut check time your self belief is what help carries you through. The same goes for training. You have to set your goals and work towards hitting them. Whether its hitting a 400lbs on the trap bar deadlift or getting a thirty inch vertical you have to believe you can do it first and then put the work in.
2. Enjoy the journey to success. We are all guilty of forgetting that many times it’s the journey of trying to get to where you want to be which makes the difference between appreciating success and being unsatisfied. I know that I am sometimes guilty of not fully enjoying the ups and downs of building a successful training business so Jeremy Lin’s success definitely has me reevaluating a few things.
3. Mental toughness is what separates the wannabes from those who experience success. There is no perfect situation. What I mean is that many times things don’t fall into place the way you want them to. Jeremy was crashing at a team mates couch trying to get quality sleep in. Not ideal if you’re trying to dominate on the basketball court. How many people do you know would rather sleep on a comfy bed in a hotel room to rest up before the big game? Well, he didn’t have a choice in the matter. That’s what mental toughness is..dealing with the situation and still playing well.
In regards to training, there are many clients who want the fancy exercise that looks outrageous or they see some pro athlete performing a crazy ladder drill and think they need to be doing the same exercise to build freakish footwork. But in reality, it’s focusing on the basics squats, pullups lunges etc. and building a solid foundation, progressing over time and putting a lot of work in that builds a solid, strong and explosive athlete who moves well. Most people don’t want to hear that but that’s what separates the athlete who improves vs the athlete who quits and stops training after a few months. There are no quick fixes. Sorry.
Here’s a highlight video of Jeremy training. Inspirational stuff!
Put in the work, keep believing and here’s to you enjoying success with your endeavors.