Process, Not Results

From jmcmann Via Wikimedia Commons

If you could read the basketball player’s mind, he or she might be saying, “I’ve got to make this basket! If I don’t we’ll lose the game. If I lose this game, we’ll blow the championship. If we lose the championship…” Instead, my friend Dr. James Jen Kin said that the player in the pressure-packed situation should be thinking, “Okay, start the process. Remember all the steps. Do them all right and the ball will go in the basket.”

When an athlete focuses on the process, Dr. Jen Kin said, the results will take care of themselves. “You could almost say to yourself, “I’m going to do everything just right and the hell with the results.””