Aaron Gordon – “Mental Coach” – Orlando Magic NBA All-Star Basketball Player

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⚠️ Mental Prison ⚠️

“I met my Mental Coach when I was 11 years old.” – NBA’s Aaron Gordon who is signed to a $84 million deal with the Orlando Magic.

“80% Mental and 20% physical. It seems obvious. You know? People always say that, but they do Not do anything about it!”

“Each person needs help with something, in some way, some area of their life, whether it be on the court or off the court.”

Aaron is trying to stay out of “Mental Prison.”

“The point isn’t to have to make every shot. The point is to deal with Frustration when we Miss the shots.

“I was 11.

“I missed the shot. And just felt despair.

“My Mental Coach Graham Betchart asked, ‘What did you do wrong?’ I said, ‘Well, I missed the shot.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s Not the fact that you Missed the shot. It’s how you Reacted once you Missed the shot. And that was it. I started training this when I was 11.’

“You don’t want to be too hard on yourself. You gotta just let it go. Don’t be so emotional about it.

“As you go up each level, it becomes less about your skills and your physicality. And it becomes more about your Mindset. We say Victory goes to the Vulnerable.

“Early, I was always really hard on myself. Whether it was a good game or a bad game, I would carry it with me for too long. The game would be over, and I’d still be thinking about basketball. Which is average – as players, we love our craft, we love to do what we do. I was just thinking about it too much. And it’s really, like, it’s just like being in a Mental Prison.

“You always gotta Grow with Failure. You gotta Fail Forward, Fail UPwards. Any Failure you have is a Step onto something Bigger and Better for you. And yeah, if you think you’re just a Basketball Player and that’s it, and you forget about the Human Aspect, you’re going to have a monumental Collapse at some point in your life.

“You gotta Flow, man. You gotta Just Play. You can Not think too much in the game.

“The more you Let It Happen, the better it goes. I’m just trying to Trust Myself, you know?

“You go with the Foundation of Allowing Things to be how they are. I am Not trying to Change Things. I’m Not trying to Change People. I am Not trying to Change who we’re playing and How we’re Playing. I’m just Allowing everything to be As It Is.

“Sports are supposed to be played Relaxed, to Enjoy and to have Fun and to Take It All In. When you’re Manic and you Are anxious, you Miss It!

“Our mind is your Doorway to your Own Greatness. And once you Go Explore, you will Realize you have it All Inside Of You, we just have to Unlock It. So, all of Us have to Unlock it Inside of Ourselves.”

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