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3 Keys to Basketball Mastery



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Last weekend I attended Unleash the Power Within for the first time with Tony Robbins. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I don’t have many regrets at all — besides not transferring high schools to play for a coach I loved — but, I regret not attending this 10 years ago.  If you don’t know who Tony is he’s the world leader in performance psychology and leadership. He’s worked with Serena Williams, Bill Clinton and even Mikhail Gorbachev.  His story, who he’s impacted and what he’s accomplished is hard to even put into words.

And, during the weekend I was reminded of the importance of immersion learning.

In one of the sessions he talks about The 3 Keys to Accelerated Mastery — that he’s used with the elite of the elite, including Michael Jordan — which I discovered we’ve been using at Thrive3 for years.


Without going into much detail, modeling is essentially finding an expert, that has already done what you’re trying to do and model their skills, habits and behaviors. This is why we require every single one of our trainers to be able to demonstrate a high level. There are no talking heads in our workouts.  This is crucial because this is how we are hard wired to learn. We have evolved, but originally we learned everything by mirroring the behaviors of those around us. Which is why it’s so important to be working with someone who can demonstrate, with precision, the exact skill you’re trying to learn.


This is our individual and small group training. Coming in once or twice a week to continually effectively, efficiently and intentionally work on your skills.


This is the area of learning that A LOT of players are missing out on.

Most players come to a camp when they are younger and think “Been there. Done that.”  But these are experiences you need to continue to put yourself into until it’s “Been there. Done that. And, living it each day”.

Everyone wants individual training, but that’s only part of the 3 part process to mastery. We need to be immersed in environments where we are getting a ton of repetitions in during a short amount of time.

I remember going to Forrest Larson’s Take It To The Rim Camp in high school and did countless amounts of “push dribbles”  — a type of dribble used to explode past your defender. After 2.5 days of camp, I showed up at summer league and was using this skill already because I had done it so many times during that camp. This type of intense and intentional repetition helps wrap myelin in our brain — think muscle memory — quicker and stronger so these skills become habits. They aren’t just something you intellectually know. They become part of your skill set in a short amount of time.

Which is why, even if your kid already trains with us, or has been to a camp, I strongly encourage you to get to one of our immersion events this spring. Because there is a difference between intellectually knowing a skill and having it mastered so it automatically shows up in games.

We hope to see you this spring.

P.S. Reminder, all of our events have an enrollment limit to ensure individual attention and maximum repetition.

P.S. Do you have a Point Guard looking to play at the next level? Our Point Guard Blueprint Academy will teach them the on court skills and mental strategies to get an edge

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