I’ve Played a lot of pickup basketball in my life. And it’s funny but true: the bummy players with no skill never have questions about what they can do. They know how much dribbling they’re capable of, which shots to try to block and which ones they’ll have to just watch and hope on, and who to try scoring on vs. when to just pass and hope for a better hand next time down the court.
It’s the players who can actually play who doubt themselves the most.
As players add skill, they also add responsibility to use that skill — which leads to confusion as to which skills to use when. The more tools one has, the more he has to remember when and how to use each.
This affliction hits the middle-of-the-skill-pack players the hardest, as they know what they can do, are aware that they can expand their games, yet haven’t yet done so. Thus the doubts.
The bummy terrible players have fun with basketball. Their limitations are their freedom. They don’t have to think about much because they have very few options.
But you’re not a bum. You work on your game. A lot. How can we ease and even erase those doubts and make those skills shine?
Today’s show is about that.
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