On Sunday, January 26th, 2020, the Sports world was rocked with the sudden and tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven other members who were on board a helicopter in Calabasas, California. As we continue to grieve the loss of the Laker Legend, their death reinforces the need to become the best version of ourselves.
Fans and players affectionately dubbed Kobe “The Black Mamba”, which reflects his performance on the basketball court. In an article in Heavy, Kobe explained his thought process behind the Mamba Mentality.
“It was just f— everyone,” Bryant explained. “I’m destroying everybody that steps on the court. I had all this pent up frustration that I just needed to let out. It was an avalanche, man. There was nothing that was going to get in the way. There was nothing that was going to stop me.”
I read that part over and over again until I began to reflect on what I think he meant. I spent countless hours, watching interviews about life outside of basketball, which is odd, considering I never a Laker fan. I was a “Kobe fan” but for reasons other than basketball. He was a dedicated family man who looked beyond the career of basketball. He set on to inspire the world with more than just his skills on the court, and he continued to do so until that unthinkable day.
Now that I reflect on his death, the tragedy forces me to go harder with my goals. I surf the newsfeed of my social media and many are in similar feelings. The helicopter crash that took nine souls forces many of us to look at our own lives. We are figuring out or choosing new paths that will lead to overall fulfillment. That includes a healthier and more loving way to care for ourselves, as well as implementing action that will help us cultivate our passions.
What I took from Kobe’s response was simply this…when you get tired and frustrated with the same results, you do things differently by going for more and more harder. Don’t allow distractions to take over your spirit, eleminate the self-doubt by keeping your confidence high. Most importantly, don’t allow others to step in your way, including yourself. There are other methods to maintaining our own version of Mamba Mentality.
- Positive Affirmations- Speaking out or writing positive affirmations daily will surely keep you motivated. Remind yourself everyday with “I got this!”, “I am worthy”, “I let nothing or no one keep me from reaching my goal!” or any other postive affirmation that will keep you going. Positive affirmations are like pep talks to yourself. You should be your biggest cheerleader.
- Meditation– A simple 5-minute meditating session early in the morning or later at night work wonders for your mind and spirit. Meditating helps you to train your mind to focus, redirect your thoughts, and relieves stress.
- Understand that Every experience, whether postive or negative is a lesson– Be grateful foe each and every experience in your life. These experiences taught you what you need to add for value or eliminate to preserve. These experiences teaches you what you deserve and what you don’t deserve. These experiences challenges you and shows you your strengths and weaknesses.
One thing we all know is that the only thing certain in life is death.
While we’re here, let’s start making changes within that will reflect our personal growth and our passions. If we want better we have to do better by treating ourselves, our mind, our bodies, and our spirit with care.
HB sends light and healing energy to the Bryant family and the loved ones of their friends who were also on board.
May they all Rest in Paradise.