“For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren’t able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.”
Find a comfortable seat on a cushion or mat. Lengthen up through the spine, open the heart center, and close the eyes.
Begin to go inward and notice what you are feeling. Start a breathing practice, counting 20-25 slow deep breaths.
As you reflect on the quote by John Wooden, think of 3 athletic goals that you would like to accomplish in the next year. These goals can be anything that comes to the mind, be careful not to judge what might come up. With these 3 goals in mind, visualize yourself accomplishing each goal with intent and ease. Take your time with each goal.
Stay here with this meditation, listening to your breath, and monitoring the thoughts that might come and go. Go back to the visualizations again if needed.
Continue to monitor your breath and breathe in a sense of relaxation and release with each breath. Stay here for 5-10 minutes and be sure to take time to journal your goals after your practice.