Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hey Mark, Keep Shooting!!

To put it simply, you've got to put in the practice time if you want to be a better shooter.

The greatest marksmen in the NBA were known to take a 600-700 shots a day as a way of honing their skills. Since 70% of a good jumpshot is muscle memory and proper form, this approach makes a lot of sense.

I got into a discussion one day with my buddy Mark Cannon about becoming a better shooter. Mark's a senior in high school and has a desire to play basketball competitively at a higher level.

He understands that if he wants to get better, then he'll have to put in the effort. Therefore, getting up at 6am to take 650 shots to get better isn't beneath him.

I encouraged Mark to continue shooting and in the process, pay more attention getting the shots up using the proper form as opposed to the number he actually hits.

Maintaining a consistent shooting form using the same motion repeatedly is key. The hits and misses will average themselves out.

To help put things in perspective, the worlds greatest shooters hit about 40% of their shots.

For Leaders

Consistency in leadership is as important as it is in jump shooting. Without it, you risk undermining your position and the people around will lack confidence in your abilities as a leader.

You sharpen your leadership skills the same way you train your muscles. Repitition and practice using the same technique and form so that it becomes natural, fluid and in rhythm when its game time.

We listen with our eyes as much as our ears placing all of our actions under a microscope. Irrational actions, conflicting directions, and inconsistent behaviour can ultimately lead to your downfall as a leader if your're not mindful of your actions.

Here are a few points to help you maintain your consistency in leadership:

If you make a promise, keep it or don't make them at all;

Treat everyone equally and avoid playing favourites;

Not keeping your own rules sends a wrong message.

John Quincy Adams,the sixth president of the United States said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

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