5 tips to improve over the summer

We all know the best gains are possible over the summer.  Here are my top 5 tips to get the most out of the summer months to improve your game.

1. Write down 1-3 goals that are measurable, time-sensitive, and attainable (challenging but not impossible).

2. Write down the action steps that you need to do to achieve your goal(s).

For example, if you want to improve dribbling your non-dominant hand, your action step can be to begin each practice with 5 minutes of dribbling just with your non-dominant hand.

3. Commit to doing your action steps on a consistent basis.  For example, have a checklist by your bed and promise yourself that you can't go to bed unless you check off your action step(s) for the day.

4. Practice/play against better competition.  This is similar to the "overload principle" in strength training.  If you want to lift a 15 lb weight but you practice with a 10 lb weight, you can't get stronger.  In essence, you have to "lose" to ultimately "win". If you can't find better competition, go to camps, learn new skills, and test your newly acquired skills against real competition.

5. Visualize yourself performing your goals when you wake up, throughout the day, and before you go to sleep.  Put emotion behind your visualizing to truly get the magical benefits of visualization.  My father was 5'6" and my mom is 4'11".  I had a Magic Johnson poster in my bedroom wall that reminded me of my goal ( grow to 6'9)", I grew to 6'3".