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Above the Line

"Too many people waste their technical ability because their personal behavior is on auto-pilot."

~Brian Kight


The performance of a team rises and falls on behavior. Our behavior is either intentional (Above the Line) or impulsive (Below the Line).

Above the Line Behavior

  • Purposeful

  • Intentional

  • Skillful

  • It takes tremendous mental toughness to consistently stay Above the Line!

Below the Line Behavior

  • This is out default mode (Human Nature)

  • Impulsive

  • On autopilot

  • Resistant


B-C-D Behavior

  • Blame others

  • Complain about circumstances

  • Defend yourself


Above the Line is what we strive to be!

  • It can't be situational

  • It must be a conscious decision

  • It's as simple as controlling our own thoughts and behavior

Examples of B-C-D Behavior:

  • "No way could they have scored if the help defense had supported me the way he was supposed to."

  • "Coach has no clue what I can do. I've got to get out of here and go where I'm appreciated."

  • "It's not my fault we don't have the talent we need to be competitive. My teammates just aren't very good."

  • "If I had a point guard who would pass me the ball, I'd be the best player in the conference."

Self-Reflection Questions:

  • In what areas of life do I/we struggle being Above the Line?

  • In what areas of basketball do I/we struggle being Above the Line?

  • Who are examples of people living Above the Line?

Adapted from Focus 3 Culture

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