Being in the moment is said a lot. To many people this makes no sense whatsoever. In our society everybody’s thinking about the future and the past. Everybody lives off of past memories and they yearn for the future to buy something materialistic, most likely. Americans constantly need things. This comes in the form of good memories. This comes in the form of future needs. Because of Manifest Destiny, according to a guy on the street named Rodney, we need fashion, and tech things more than anything else. So peoples’ memories are of clothing and phones and nights out on the town, Tweeting and texting and taking pics left and right. Yearning for the future is: wanting more clothes and the newest tech items and plans to socialize and take pictures all over again. Athletically this attitude transcends into the sport being played. Athletes sometimes have a difficult time finding the now moment, or being in the moment. Their head is wandering – much like society at large – and they cannot focus. Coaches try to drive this concept home all the time. Phil Jackson wanted athletes like Americans and heads like Tibetan monks – athletically, pure thinking beings that were wiser than their opponent. Coaches want their players in the moment, and concentrating on winning at the task at hand, i.e., winning right here, right now – enjoying whatever part of the field you find yourself, in whatever situation you’re involved in. I’m worried about one thing, right now: getting this pass passed this player in front of me, so I can win this moment. It doesn’t have to be a shot on goal; it has to be defeating this player right here with a pass (or in another situation it might be a dribble).
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