SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 10, 2020) – Recently, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team was treated to a motivational talk from Graham Betchart, an elite mental skills coach who has trained the minds of some of the NBA's most notable athletes.
Aaron Gordon, who plays for the Orlando Magic, is one of Betchart's successes. He has previously said that Betchart helped him realize the positive impact mental skills training has had on his own life. He wanted Betchart to bring this awareness and training to students and athletes, so he partnered with Betchart and Jake Gracia to form "Train the Mind."
Head Coach Chris Dial, who has worked with the Train the Mind folks through the Basketball Assembly, began the session in OLLU's Mabee Gym by saying, "It is rare that I immediately become impressed with someone, but with Graham, I realized that he was special in just 25 seconds after meeting him. He has helped many NBA teams to become mentally strong. He's helped me tremendously with the Basketball Embassy and I know he will help our men, as well."
Betchart began by saying, "If you don't stop yourself [from succeeding], no one else can stop you." He encouraged the Saints to always be present; in one's mind, if something bad happens, let that moment pass and move on to the present. "This behavior will still make you vulnerable, but you'll still be present. If you make three mistakes in a row, being present encourages you to move on to seek out three things you do right."
With the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant still fresh on everyone's mind, Betchart mentioned that Bryant missed more shots than anyone else in the NBA, but he was always in the present. "He was locked in and in control of his game, which is what made him one of the greatest of all time." As many baskets as he missed, he made so many more.
"Victory goes to the vulnerable," Betchart explained. "You must refuse to be a victim. If you have a bad call, your instinct tells you to perhaps call out the ref, which might allow the opponent to grab onto the ball and score; instead, try letting go of the bad call, be present, and move on to succeed on the next play."
Train the Mind does not teach how to score points or make great plays, but to deal with the frustration when there are bad plays or baskets missed.
For additional information on this program, visit https://trainthemind.com/.