"In basketball –as in life- true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way. Of course, it’s no accident that things are more likely to go your way when you stop worrying about whether you’re going to win or lose and focus you full attention on what’s happening right this moment. The day I took over the Bulls, I vowed to create an environment based on the principles of selflessness and compassion I’d learned as a Christian in my parent’s home; sitting on a cushion practicing Zen; and studying the teachings of the Lakota Sioux. I knew that the only way to win consistently was to give everybody—from stars to the number 12 player on the bench—a vital role on the team, and inspire them to be acutely aware of what was happening, even when the spotlight was on somebody else. More than anything, I wanted to build a team that would blend individual talent with the heightened group consciousness. A team that could win big without becoming small in the process." - Phil Jackson, 11 time NBA Champion Coach, Author of Sacred Hoops
It’s not only about figuring out what your role is on the team, but it’s learning how that role can elevate the team to greater achievements. Focusing solely on what your role is without seeing the bigger picture can be detrimental to the team. Rising above that selfish focus to see the group as a whole can bring the team as a whole to another level.