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 Kobe “EATS” MJ Genius


  • Externals – Copy the genius’s body language, body tempo, and facial expression.
  • Attitude and Beliefs – Copy the genius’s attitudes and beliefs (see above).
  • Techniques (Skills and Strategies) – Copy the genius’s swing style.
  • Schedule (and Routine) – Copy the genius’s workout schedule.

Power/Core Beliefs of All Geniuses:

  1. There is always a way.
  2. I belong, I can handle it.
  3. I am always in the zone, I’m always hitting the sweet spot.
  4. Hard work is the way to the promised land.
  5. I will do it, I can do it, I am it.
Bonus Talk



Key Points

  • I don’t have to, I get to, I’m excited to _______.
  • No “musterbation.” No I must ______.
  • Don’t “should” all over yourself.
  • Don’t need/have to have love or perfection. Instead PREFER IT!



1. Relax 2. Switch between 1st person and 3rd person 3. VAK + E
  • Visual = everything you see
  • Auditory = everything you hear (ref’s whistle, coach’s voice, sneakers squeaking, crowd noise, cheerleaders, etc.)
  • Kinesthetic = everything you feel (jersey on you, body, the wind as you run).
  • Emotion = confidence, poise, and body language
*No fantasizing, keep it real!

Iverson and Visualization

Monks Who Visualize Heat

Benefits of Visualization

  • Calms nerves
  • Increase skills acquisition
  • Increases ability to adapt to environment
  • Instill greater and greater confidence
  • Makes it incredibly more likely you will excel in crunch time and under pressure

Deja Vu

Now, strange things happen when you visualize and I’ll relate one to two to you really quickly. They are things called Deja Vu experiences. This is like going beyond confidence, into some Matrix type stuff. When you visualize consistently and with great attention to detail, oftentimes, when you are in a pressure situation – you will feel as if you have already played the game. For instance, I had a play which got a three poitn shot on the right wing. I’d get at least one shot there a game, sometims two or three. So I would visualize, just like I did above. And I still remember the first time it happened. The ball was coming to me on the wing, and – it’s hard to explain – but I KNEW THAT I WAS GOING TO MAKE THE SHOT. There was zero doubt. It was like I had seen this move before, and all I had to do was watch it happen. This wasn’t about confidence, I AHD ALREADY MADE THE SHOT. It was just a rerun. Sounds crazy huh? But it’s not. This is a common experience for people who visualize. Just read Maxwell Maltz’s book Psychocybnetics. It’s listed on the Resource page.

Jordan on Visualizing:

And also, how about this: listen to Jordan talk about his deja vu experiences from visualization. This is a direct quote from the documentary “Michael Jordan to the Max.” He is speaking of what happens in the clutch: “I tend to be calm; things tend to slow down… I go into situations where people don’t know the outcome, but I’ve already experienced it in my mind, just playing tricks with myself, so it didn’t feel new to me and I wasn’t afraid to fail with it. Once I began to understand that, I became a master of the game of basketball.”

What’s happening the brain when you visualization

  • Hemisphere = Right hemisphere, the creative side is activated.
  • Waves = Go into theta
  • Neurons = fire like it’s real and send signals to muscles. Therefore you are building muscle memory without moving your muscles!
  • Subconscious = is being programmed, the “well” is being filled with water.
  • Memory = you are creating “fake” but very, very useful memories. This is what triggers the Deja Vu experiences, and what keeps you calm in crunch time.

Help visualizing


  Embed Westbrook Video

7.5 On Offense 8.5 Defense (Off-ball) 9.0 Defense (On-ball)

Phil Jackson on Michael Jordan

Phil Jackson on Michael Jordan playing in rhythm (at 7.5), letting the game come to him, playing in “Yin style”: “This is something we’ve talked about as a basketball team is about how to be in the moment and be able to visualize what might happen in those times. Michael embraced this, and I think the beauty of his game was that he had all these abilities to adjust, not force his own predetermined ideas that allowed all these things to come together in his game.” Stan Kellner and Jay Mikes are two basketball coaches that really preach the power of 7.5! Check out resources and books for more info.

Let it Happen vs. Make It Happen

On defense, you want to more or less make it happen (without fouling). On offense, great player’s tend to let it happen – and only in the 4th quarter do they start to “take over,” or make it happen. They do this only in the 4th quarter, once they have established themselves firmly in the rhythm of the game.


Yin – on offense. You are almost like a kite on offense, letting the “wind” guide you. Yang – on defense. You are more forceful. You are more like the wind, and you want to move the other players around.


Want some more music to goal-set to? Listen below!

GeniusHOOPS Tweak Sheet

Analyze your Strengths and Weaknesses (Ask a coach for help filling this out – they can see things about your game you can’t. They also know what you should work on first, or what is most important to spend your time on right now).

Helpful Add-ons

Facing Fear