Taken from Leo’s ZenHabits article on breaking out of creative slumps and writers block, here is one of my favorite basketball shooting tips for struggling players who can’t quite seem to break out of a funk.
While this tip is for writers, designers and other creators of art, basketball itself is an art and this can just as well apply to it. In fact, this is one of my favorite tips, but it’s not your typical basketball tip nor do you ever hear a typical basketball player ever share it.
Read about it daily – about basketball or about something completely unrelated.
When I lose motivation, I just read a book or blog about my goal. It inspires me and reinvigorates me. For some reason, reading helps motivate and focus you on whatever you’re reading about. So read about your goal every day, if you can, especially when you’re not feeling motivated.
Simple Basketball Hack to refreshing your mind
So yes, he’s talking about reading a book or something similar to the topic on hand. Reading alone in itself doesn’t provide answers, it provides a way to help you (re)think about things and it also clears your head. A fresh perspective is sometimes all you need to enlighten and refresh your mind so you can get back to domination.
You can read about basketball, other sports or a completely unrelated book about business, poetry, science, art or frankly any other book that captivates and stimulates your mind. If it makes you think, there’s a good chance you can benefit as a basketball player because you can see the game in a different light. Believe it or not, this gives you a competitive advantage over most other players who show absolutely no interest in reading. Think Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. And Phil Jackson.
A book that’s long enough to keep you occupied for hours and days and weeks is the Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons. It combines basketball, business, art, science and a fan’s perspective from watching the game for years. If you’re truly a student of the game, then the basketball stories you’ll read by Bill Simmons will give you all the inspiration you need to break out of your basketball shooting struggles.