How is Phil Jackson so calm?

Jun 12, 2010 -

"It was Jackson's calm on the sidelines that immediately appealed to Michael.." - From Jackson's Book

What may seem to be a big deal now, five or ten years from now, will only appear to be a drop in the ocean.

Assuming the role of an auditor requires extreme attention to details. Often times, so much so that we lose sight of the big picture. Pathetically, we then fail to remind ourselves that there is more to life than making sure we obtain reasonable explanations.

Since I can remember, I've been a basketball fanatic - following it and playing the game religiously for more than 15 years now. I've learned a great deal from professional athletes. Being cognizant of how they deal with pressure, how they carry themselves, and understanding their work ethics; then incorporating these lessons into my own life.

Naturally, I was drawn to Phil Jackson's ten championships as a coach. How was he able to achieve such greatness in the past two decades or so? What made him so successful? These questions filled my mind. What continues to fascinate me is how he is able to maintain such a calm demeanor even in the midst of seemingly insurmountable pressures. His assistant coach once said, "He has a purpose for practically anything he does. There's times when things are about to blow up and you think man oh man why doesn't he step in and do something about this? And there's nothing but silence there."

"He's sort of a mystery to the players because he is not predictable. He doesn't overreact, or sometimes even react at all. Yet he has a firm hand. The strength of Phil is that he is always very aware of what is happening. He could see things on the bench, or in the locker room, but never moved too quickly to fix things. He would only do that after he had thought about it. Then he would do just what was needed to calm the situation and the problem."

After much research, I believe that his Zen approach to life and dedicate to eastern philosophy has helped shape his demeanor. Of such includes meditation, which plays a large part in centering yourself and being in the moment.
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