Michael Jordan: Models of Motivational Mindsets
Updated: Jan 19
Although the greatest basketball player of all time is highly disputed, one name is never left out of the debate: Michael Jordan. His dominance in the game of basketball has made his name equivalent to greatness. Considering that Michael Jordan is the epitome of success, it’s only fitting to learn from his mentality. Jordan is known for his matchless physicality, but his mindset is what ultimately drove him to lead the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA Championships. In the documentary, The Last Dance, Jordan reveals facets of his mindset that he never spoke about before. Let’s delve into the similarities between his mentality and the Pro Mindset® as described by veteran NFL agent Craig Domann.
“My mentality was to go out and win at any cost. If you don’t want to live that regimented mentality, then you don’t need to be alongside me.”
Jordan is known for his competitive spirit. Ever since he was a child, he would do anything and everything to beat those around him. While other NBA players may have entered the NBA with different motivations, Jordan’s purpose was clear: he wanted to win. That’s why he pushed his teammates so hard during practice. That’s why he refused to stop training after suffering from a high-risk injury that could impact the rest of his career. That’s why he played an entire game after getting food poisoning the previous night.
According to Craig Domann, “Purpose is your motivation.” Jordan was able to stay motivated season after season because he had a purpose: to win. His purpose led him to bring the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA Championships within a decade. Ultimately, Jordan’s sense of purpose is what allowed him to redefine the game of basketball.
“Why would I think about missing a shot I haven’t taken?”
When asked about his numerous last-minute shots, Jordan revealed the mentality that drove him to excel in those high-pressure situations. While many people in these situations crumble under the pressure as doubts rage within their minds, Jordan only thought about one thing: winning. No matter how impossible the situation may have seemed, Jordan never doubted himself. This mentality is what allowed him to score those game-winning points.
Performing in crunch time is a crucial aspect of the Pro Mindset. While the work that happens behind the scenes is vital for an athlete’s success, it ultimately comes down to how they perform when it matters the most. Jordan was prepared for those high-stakes moments. He knew that he would have to perform, so he came prepared. With that mentality, nothing could stop Jordan from bringing his team to victory — even if he had to score a buzzer-beater to make it happen.
While Jordan’s athletic abilities are worthy of admiration, his mentality is what truly set him apart. Year after year, Jordan faced obstacles, whether they be in his personal or professional life. Nonetheless, his strong sense of purpose and ability to perform in crunch time brought him to the finals every season.
Just like Jordan’s mentality, having a purpose and performing in crunch time are fundamental facets of the Pro Mindset. To learn more about the Pro Mindset and how you can utilize it to achieve success in your own life, check out the Pro Mindset Podcast here.
Source: The Last Dance