Basketball Kids Chicago Training: How to Create Better Basketball Habits
Most of you may not know much about me, or where I live currently, but I currently live in Bucktown, Chicago. After retiring from the world of pro sports for 12.5 years, my life has been an experiment and reinvention of self. I've lived in New York City, I've sailed a boat for six months in the Caribbean, and I've lived in Traverse City to Flint. I've come to Michigan often, as I run a rental business near Flint, yet still, love to be engaged with basketball kids and youth training anywhere I can.
Better weather means it's time to evaluate your current lifestyle, goals, and spending habits.Lately, I've been sitting down here in Chicago, wondering when the weather will change to summer and when I can get outside and start doing something fun in the sun. With the change of temperatures, I realized, "Man, when I was a kid, it meant three on three, and after-school driveway one on one battles and hours and hours of playing the game I loved."
Are you or your basketball kids inside too much? Can you improve your health, your fitness, and your mental health by getting out and playing, working out, or being in nature?
I think so. I know it's helped me and as a kid, there is no way I wanted to be inside playing video games when I could be actually playing against my friends and teammates in real life. The kids and parents that reinforce these types of behaviors will be helping their kids.
How do we change basketball players and kids behavior?
We have to understand “the habit loop”:“If a behavior is insufficient in any of the four stages, it will not become a habit. Eliminate the cue and your habit will never start. Reduce the craving and you won’t experience enough motivation to act. Make the behavior difficult and you won’t be able to do it. And if the reward fails to satisfy your desire, then you’ll have no reason to do it again in the future. Without the first three steps, a behavior will not occur. Without all four, a behavior will not be repeated.
Brian Johnson sums it up pretty well:
"Want a create good habit?
Make it obvious. Make it attractive. Make it easy. Make it satisfying.
Want to break a bad habit? Do the opposite.
Make it invisible. Make it unattractive. Make it difficult. Make it unsatisfying."
Basketball Kids Training: How to Create Better Basketball Habits:
Do you want your kids to play fewer video games and get outside more and have more success in life?
Outhink their bad habits. Help them put away their video games (like unplug it and put it in a closet) and make them hook it up and put it away after they get their SMART stretch goals done. Basically, don't let them play video games until they are done with their homework, chores, and basketball training drills. Let them set some process goals (SMART-- Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound). If they don't get these daily SMART goals done, plus play outside with their friends, they don't get the privilege of playing Fort Nite.