Michael “Air” Jordan – on The Mental Side of the game – “80% Mental, 20% Physical”

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⚠️ 80% MENTAL ⚠️

Michael Jordan had a Mental Coach

I have had the distinct pleasure and honor to get to know George T. Mumford. I like to call him “The Yoda of Athletics.”

“George T. Mumford may not be a household name, but if you’ve ever followed basketball then you’ve likely seen his work.

If you’ve seen the Three Peat by the Bulls, the Lakers’ championships, Michael Jordan’s famous championship-winning jump shot, Kobe Bryant’s magic, or even Shaquille O’Neil driving the lane, then you’ve seen the tip of his iceberg.

He’s the mindfulness coach and secret weapon behind Phil Jackson and many of the most successful NBA players and teams in the sport.

Phil Jackson approached George to work with the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls were a mess, they’d lost their star player, Michael Jordan, who’d gone to baseball, and they couldn’t pull it together.

George stepped up to the plate and helped bring a team together.

He worked with Phil Jackson on the idea of five fingers, one breath and one mind, in essence community building, or as George puts it “putting the we before the me, while nurturing the me” — where each individual brings his own skills, but let’s go of his ego, the entire team works together as one.

George Mumford worked closely with Jordan, as he has with Kobe and many of the other NBA greats.

He helped Michael learn to eliminate distractions, to take game-winning perfect jumpers and The Shot in the 1989 playoffs we all remember so well.

According to George, Michael Jordan said “that Zen Buddhist stuff” really works!

But he didn’t teach Michael to push distractions away, but instead to embrace them, to become fully aware, noticing and observing everything around him, and then to let it all go; stepping out of his own way and taking the perfect shot.”

Thank you George T. Mumford for changing the landscape of athletics by combining a level of spirituality to the complete athlete. I strongly recommend his book “The Mindful Athlete.”

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