George Mumford, Mindfulness Coach to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, on Awareness, Compassionate Action, The Dizziness of Freedom, and More (#509)

While at the University of Massachusetts, where he roomed with future Hall of Famer Julius Erving, injuries required George out of basketball and eventually into a dependency to pain medication and drugs. With the help of meditation and mindfulness, he got clean and made it his objective to teach and work with others.

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” When you go get interviewed, if they inform you youre the biggest thing considering that sliced bread, you state, Thank you, and you just smile. And if they tell you youre the biggest choke artist of perpetuity, you just thank them and smile.”
— George Mumford

George thinks everybody has a masterpiece within. His book The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance– both narrative and direction guide– can show you how to access it.

George likewise has The Mindful Athlete Course, which can be found at GeorgeMumford.com.

Michael Jordan credits George with transforming his on-court management, assisting the Bulls to 6 NBA champions. George has likewise worked with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille ONeal, and numerous other NBA gamers, in addition to Olympians, executives, and artists.

George Mumford (@gtmumford) is a worldwide recognized coach, instructor, and speaker. Because 1989, hes been honing his innovative however mild mindfulness techniques with people from locker spaces to board rooms, Yale to prison.

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George explains how his mind and body responded on a spiritual level the very first time he witnessed Michael Jordan practicing for the very first time. [06:46] What most amazed George about the strength Michael Jordan gave the court even during a daily practice session? [09:23] 11:52]
Where did Georges course to addiction begin, and what led to his sobriety? [15:01] How did mindfulness get in Georges life, and what helped him remain sober in the interim? [20:58] Books that George found particularly beneficial during this time. [26:45] Books that George has actually recommended and talented usually. [29:10] After ending up being sober and cultivating higher awareness, how did George link with the world of elite sports? [31:49] What value did Phil Jackson see in bringing Georges capability to the Chicago Bulls, and had he attempted to impart this worth in other methods prior to Georges involvement? [34:20] How has George helped the gamers in his care manage the distractions of consistent public analysis? [39:12] How has George approached assisting gamers who have wildly various personalities and choices? [43:28] Counterproductive suggestions from George that Kobe constantly remembered, and a general formula for keeping in mind that the most direct method to attain something isnt always the most effective. [46:59] What does George suggest when he describes “the dizziness of flexibility?” [48:44] Barrier advancement versus the improvement trap, and the moment “Mike” Jordan ended up being “Michael” Jordan. [52:53] George recalls another memorable breakthrough moment. [54:55] Suggestions George Mumford of 2021 would offer to the more youthful George Mumford who was just beginning to work with top-level professional athletes. [58:37] How does George utilize the four As– awareness, approval, action, evaluation– in the context of making changes to form in order to accomplish something? [59:53] How George used the 4 As to teach a class of individuals who didnt speak his language, and a friend of his used the four As to save a prison class from coming down into utter chaos. [1:05:00] What is George most excited about nowadays? [1:09:17] Georges ask to the audience and parting ideas. [1:12:56]
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George explains how his mind and body reacted on a spiritual level the very first time he saw Michael Jordan practicing for the extremely first time. What worth did Phil Jackson see in bringing Georges ability set to the Chicago Bulls, and had he attempted to impart this value in other ways prior to Georges participation? Suggestions George Mumford of 2021 would give to the younger George Mumford who was simply beginning to work with high-level athletes. How does George utilize the 4 As– awareness, approval, action, evaluation– in the context of making modifications to form in order to achieve something? How George used the four As to teach a class of people who didnt speak his language, and a buddy of his utilized the four As to save a prison class from coming down into utter turmoil.

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Want to hear my first interview with Jack Kornfield who introduced me to George? Listen to this episode in which we go over hang moving, monk training in Thailand, undesirable magical experiences, the difference between empathy and empathy, lovingkindness meditation, and more.