Whoa! The nervous energy is noticeable.
I leave tomorrow to the MBA program in Victoria.
But I am focused and will enjoy and will partake deliberately.
It is the big game for the next three weeks. Which of course brings to mind M. Jordan.
ESPN has a great piece on the mentality of champions- roughly edited to fit this (plagarizing?) blog.
Jackson intervened to stop Michael Jordan when he was in the mode. Jordan was making one foray after another in the 1991 Finals and Jordan was attacking double and triple-teams, exhausting himself, and passing up open shots for teammates.
These are the kinds of mental mistakes Jackson associated, in his playing days, with getting "too excited mentally." (This is what I see in myself as class is starting!)
In a timeout, Jackson remembers simply asking Jordan "who's open?" This was a reminder of the normal way to play basketball. The routine. The basics. The things that were better approached without special effort. Jordan went on to make calm, routine passes to the open player. Unguarded John Paxson sunk four routine shots. The Bulls won a title ... which also became routine.
So, yes, there is excited energy. But I have mastered the basics and that is what I need to deliver. The MBA won't be over in three weeks, so lets not get exhausted in the first month!
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR