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    Keep Calm and Stay Green: Inside DLSU coach Juno Sauler's personal playbook of life-winning strategies

    Nov 18, 2014

    DE LA SALLE Green Archers head coach Juno Sauler knows it would take more than the desire to win to keep him and his boys atop the mountain of collegiate basketball. After all, a championship title defense requires thorough preparation, an unshakable positive mindset, and a wealth of wisdom that goes beyond the court. Crib notes from his playbook on how you can weed out the bad choices from the good to come up with your life’s winning strategy—even when odds are stacked against your favor

     

    Own the power of getting over your disappointments

    It’ll destroy me if I dwell on bad games, so I try to brush them off. It’s very difficult but nothing in life is perfect and nothing in life is always successful. There’s a reason for those failures, but you have to move on because if not, it’s going to gnaw at you.

     

    Turn the lights down low

    In a recent study from the University of Toronto Scarborough, bright lights were found to make you react more intensely to things, especially when it comes to decision-making. So, if you don’t want to be swayed by your emotions in the middle of weighing the pros-and-cons of your decision, dim your lights and keep calm.

     

    Stay open-minded

    Authors are mentors. Coaches are mentors. Relatives are mentors. Sometimes, even my son is a mentor to me. I learn a thing or two from him on different days and I’m constantly surprised by the wisdom that he shares. He’s just eight years old and very much into sports. Recently, he underwent an operation that sidelined him from his varsity practice and several sports he’s involved in. The whole time bahay lang siya. And then he was telling me na he needs to practice in order to get better. His words were something like, “I’m not good anymore because I haven’t been practicing.” Even in those moments, you can get something. While there’s a reason why he can’t really practice, you can take it as if you prioritize something else, you won’t get what you want to achieve.

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    Learn hot to disregard your distractions 

    That’s just a perception but I’m not calm. I also feel anxiety and nervousness like everyone. And I deal with those distractions by focusing on what I need to do. Right at the moment when I get off my car and head to the coliseum, I don’t think about anything else but the game at hand. So when I focus on that onThat’s just a perception but I’m not calm. I also feel anxiety and nervousness like everyone. And I deal with those distractions by focusing on what I need to do.e, the anxiety, nervousness, and everything else somehow goes away because I’m thinking about the game and what to do.

     

    Master your thought process

    You’ll never know if it’s a bad or good decision until it happens. No matter how great a play is, if the ball doesn’t go in then it seems like it’s a bad decision. Now, you might drop a play, it breaks down, but then you score and then people think it’s a good decision. But, I try to make the best decisions I can base on what I see during practice and study what I see as much as I can. I try to put myself in different situations that can happen in a ball game. Then the next day at practice, I try to work on that and see if it’s good or not. Then when I get to an actual game, that’s when it helps because now I know which is the most probable good thing for us.

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