You Can't, or You Won't?
As some of you know, I am not averse to peppering in four-letter words on occasion. But the absolute worst four-letter word in the English language is 'can't.'
'Can't' is disempowering. 'Can't' slows progress. 'Can't' stunts success.
If you want to be successful, on or off the court, you need to eliminate 'can't' from your vocabulary when referring to things you have 100 percent control over... such as attitude, effort, and focus.
Don't tell me you can't eat breakfast because you're not hungry. Or you can't make 300 shots a day because you don't have someone to rebound for you. Or you can't do another pull-up because your arms are tired.
We both know that is baloney! You can always do more than you think you can.
Instead, just be honest with yourself, and say 'won't.'
"I won't eat breakfast, I won't make 300 shots, and I won't do another pull-up."
Changes the perspective, huh?
Do you think you have any shot at being successful if you 'won't' do those types of things?
Not a chance.
Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team and the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the nationally renowned, Nike Elite DeMatha Catholic High School boys basketball program. He spent 7 years serving a similar position with the Montrose Christian basketball program. Alan brings a wealth of valuable experience to his training arsenal after years of extensive work with elite high school, college, and NBA players.
His passion, enthusiasm, and innovative training techniques make him one of the nation's leading experts on productive training for basketball players. Alan is a performance consultant for Nike Basketball as well as the head conditioning coach for the annual McDonald's All American game, the Jordan Brand All American Classic, and the Nike Summer Skills Academies. Alan is a camp coach at the prestigious NBA Players Association's Top 100 Camp as well as the Chris Paul CP3 Elite Backcourt Camp. Alan has filmed over a dozen DVDs on improving performance and is a sought after lecturer at basketball camps and clinics across the world. He has been featured in Winning Hoops, Time Out, Dime, SI.com, SLAMonline.com, American Basketball Quarterly, Stack, Men's Health, HOOP, and FIBA Assist Magazine.
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