Article by Zhang Xinyue of Create Abundance
There is something that separates the best athletes in sports from similarly talented athletes who are not as successful. It is something other than physical fitness, skill/technique, and experience. This essential skill is having the right mindset.
Even the most talented athletes in the world can be plagued by fear, doubts, and ego. All of these thoughts can be highly distracting and can prevent competitors from reaching their highest potential. And all of these thoughts are almost inevitable when competing at the highest levels.
Like physical workouts and film sessions, preparation is key. Athletes must learn to train their minds by creating abundance in their thoughts. They must learn to be present in the moment, focused on the task at hand, and free from the distractions of negative emotions. Meditation and positive visualization are helpful skills for overcoming the unwanted emotions that distract athletes during competition.
Some of the most successful athletes in history have practiced meditation as part of their training regimens. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant learned meditation from their coach, Phil Jackson. They went on to practice meditation in their time outside of practice because of the edge it gave them. Tennis champion Novak Djokovic is another avid meditation practitioner who credits the practice with helping him greatly during his tennis career.
Meditation can help focus your mind and free it from negative thoughts, allowing you to play your best almost subconsciously. With the right blend of mental and physical training, dominance on the field will become almost instinctual for you.
Zhang Xinyue is the founder of Create Abundance organization and author of the book with the same name. Create Abundance is a book full of advice on practicing body-mind-spirit cultivation. IT aims to promote a meaningful and applicable approach to the philosophical issues in life.
What if you could create your own private haven where you could get away from the fast-paced lifestyle? Imagine a peaceful harbor from the storms of life located in your own home. The simple luxury of meditating is not for everyone. But it’s almost imperative for today’s busy schedules.
Meditating takes you away from all the hectic nonsense that can happen in a day’s time. There are many types of meditation including Zen, Mindfulness, Transcendental, Mantra and spiritual meditation. Each one has its own strengths and limitations and it’s up to the individual to decide.
Zhang Xinyue has written a book called “Create Abundance” with wise sayings, such as:
“An enlightened one lives a life as others do on the surface but it is different in essence for every moment embodies the budding of wisdom.”
Before you begin, set up one area of your home or office for regular meditation. You can design your little space however you like. Include music, candles, items that have meaning to you or whatever you like. You might include a chair or just sit in the floor. Some people also enjoy putting together a special wardrobe for their times of reflecting.
You will want to have comfortable clothing that doesn’t bind. It should be made of soft fabrics. Elastic waistbands are nice. Below are a few of our best picks.
A prayer shawl can be worn but is not a must. This one is lovely though:
This shirt reminds you to breathe each day:
These pants are soft and fit loosely:
Zhang Xinyue has other quotes from her book:
“Creating abundance is a fascinating energy, the origin of love and gratitude, as well as the origin of all matters, including one’s heartbeat. It is certainly the key assistance to all success.”
Like millions of people around the world, I was affected upon hearing of Kobe Bryant’s sudden death.
As a true Angeleno and a Kobe fan, I couldn’t believe the tragic news.
Later in the day, once the news set in, I felt compelled to watch his documentary, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse.” I wanted to gain inspiration and continue to share his legacy.
I know many of us are hard workers, competitive and high achievers and that’s something Kobe would have been proud of.
I’m going to believe that Kobe’s passing can help raise our collective ability to accomplish the things most important to us.
I’m going to honor Kobe by leveling my up my work ethic, my drive, my competitive spirit and all other aspects possible.
Thank you Kobe for being a excellent example of a lifelong learner. Your desire to grow and improve showed the world what happens when you have goals and go after them, hard.
I challenge everyone to take on the “Kobe Challenge” with me. Let’s commit to playing to the fullest extent and to the best of our abilities. I’m participating in the challenge and invite you to join me. Let’s be greater together.
Article written by David Guillod.
The aggressive sport of football never fails to keep me on the edge of my seat. With brutal collisions, miracle plays, and jaw-dropping sequences, the football season is never boring. However, the game wouldn’t be the same without certain players that changed the way we view the sport today.
“Broadway Joe” Namath
Joe Namath is a legendary football player that almost every New Yorker should be familiar with. Playing for the New York Jets for nearly his entire career, Namath was named the Super Bowl MVP and was ultimately able to get his jersey retired with the Jets.
Not only was the great Namath a star on the field, but he had success off of it as well. He hosted his own television show and starred in a number of movies, which led to various show-business opportunities.
Terry Bradshaw was another fantastic quarterback who played the game with intensity and fierceness. The ultimate competitor, Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory four times and won numerous MVP titles, which is no easy feat. Not only that, Bradshaw was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
The former Arizona Cardinals defensive back chose to serve his country as opposed to signing a multi-million dollar contract with the team. The star defensive stalwart was unfortunately killed in action but his memory and actions live on and continue to play a huge role in the NFL.
David Guillod is an accomplished talent agent and film/TV producer who has steadily built acclaim through movies like Atomic Blonde and TV series Louder Milk, which has won multiple Golden Trailer Awards. He has also held senior positions at Handprint Ent., United Talent Agency, and Primary Wave Entertainment. Visit David Guillod’s profile on Instagram.