Last night, I watched the final episode of “The Last Dance”, the 10 part ESPN documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1998 Chicago Bulls’ sixth championship.
A quote from Mark Vancil, author of the Michael Jordan’s biography “Rare Air”, jumped out at me.
“Most people struggle to be present. Most people live in fear because we project the past into the future. Michael’s a Mystic. He was never anywhere else. His gift was not that he could jump high, run fast, shoot a basketball. His gift was that he was completely present. And that was the separator. The big downfall of a lot of players, who are otherwise gifted, is thinking about failure. Michael didn’t allow what he couldn’t control to get inside his head. He would say, ‘Why would I think about missing a shot I haven’t taken yet?’”
The same goes for pitches or presentations. If you’re thinking about missing the metaphorical shot before you take it, you’re in your head and focused on the wrong thing. And because of that, there’s a good chance you will miss your shot.
Why think about a shot you haven’t taken yet?
Michael Jordan and presence.
How do you stay present before delivering a pitch or presentation? Drop me a note in the comments below.