Professional sports in the U.S. are a national treasure. But the reality is, there's way more than love of the game involved in making pro leagues work. The NFL recently lost their non-profit status (for good reason). The MLB is no longer about kids, peanuts, crackerjacks and scorecards. The NBA is finding a way to grab some attention. And the NHL, I like hockey - we're a strange breed. At the end of the day pro sports is a business - and its success is a function of many decisions fans aren't privy to.
The old model of drafting young men and handing them million dollar contracts, then crossing your fingers and hoping they act "right" and behave in a way that benefits your brand and produces positive outcomes is fraught with disaster. Leagues and teams have recognized this and have begun focusing more on player support resources, wellness programs, and educational opportunities -- for the betterment of everyone.
The number one pick in last nights NFL draft, Myles Garrett is facing overwhelming expectations. His performance will be scrutinized in every way and the pressure will be constant. In many respects he has already been set up to fail -- It's just the nature of the beast. Hopefully the Cleveland Browns have a plan in place to give Myles Garrett and the other men they draft the best chance to succeed in football and beyond.
As the NFL draft kicks into high gear this weekend - I'm wishing all the players embarking on their new lives the best of luck - james.
Russell Westbrook of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder is wrapping up a season for the ages -- possibly the best individual season, statistically speaking, in league history. He is seemingly playing at a different level than the competition ... and frequently enters what sports fans characterize as "the zone."
The Zone can be a somewhat elusive concept - you know it when you see it. It's basically a mental state where you have so much confidence that failure is not possible. This powerful condition overtakes everything in its path, momentum churns and a positive feedback loop ensues.
Athletes, performers, creative people and competitors of all stripes have experienced elements of this phenomena at some point. You feel so positive and optimistic about what you're doing, all self doubt falls away, success becomes certain -- it's raw power unleashed.
There are a multitude of variables associated with peak performance and achievement -- but at the very core of any success story you will find someone who had the proper mindset to accomplish what they set out to do. One step beyond their mindset is their mood, or state of being -- their mental condition.
What I'm saying is that the fundamental basis for achieving our goals, realizing success and performing at a peak level will be determined by the mood, or state we are in.
Ever notice how much easier life is when you're in a good mood ... and conversely how difficult things are when our mood is off?
Change your mood and you change your outlook -- change your outlook and you begin to create the mindset you need to achieve your goals -- follow me here?