So what makes Michael Jordan such an amazing individual? What lessons of Motivation can we all learn from Michael Jordan?
1. Make decisions. Take action.
Get in the game. Get involved. Don’t be afraid to make decisions because they may lead to mistakes. Mistakes are inevitably part of the journey. If you were perfect you wouldn’t be on this journey. Some people fear failure so much that they freeze up and are afraid to make decisions or take take action. Conquer your fears by making decisions and taking action.
“A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary”
2. Find a solution.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
What if Michael Jordan didn’t have Scottie Pippen? Jordan is arguably the greatest player of all time but he did not win six championships by himself. Jordan was blessed with a teammate and Hall of Fame player Scottie Pippen (one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History).
Lets not forget that Dennis Rodman (7x NBA Rebounding Champion) and Toni Kukoc (1996, NBA Sixth Man of the Year) were integral players in the second three-peat. Jordan was also coached by Phil Jackson, possibly greatest coach in NBA history.
The moral of this story is, Teamwork For The Win.
4.Practice, Practice, Practice.
Practice your fundamentals to perfect your technique. The best players in the game constantly train with coaches to better their fundamental footwork, defense, and shooting mechanics. Don’t get lost in the details so much that you lose sight of the basics.
Jordan channeled his embarrassment and anger into motivation during practice:
“Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it… that usually got me going again.” MJ\
But in Practice, consider that:
Jordan became better at playing than everyone else by first becoming better at practicing than everyone else. Until the end of his career, Michael was known to be the first person to get to the gym and the last one to leave.
5. Be tenacious and improve - Innovate - Don't Quit
If you’re not failing you’re not trying. Embrace your setbacks and failures as fuel and motivation. Accept that failure is part of success. Find perseverance and continue, you have it within you.
10 Inspiring Quotes From Michael JordanI’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.
If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.
My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.