LeBron keeps this quote in his locker, and he also writes a shorter version of it on his shoes before every game
“There are always going to be people out there, who are going judge and critique you”
You need to be mature enough to trust yourself
The more and more you listen to outsiders, the more they creep into your mind and you start to believe what they have to say
“It truly doesn’t matter what anyone says, because they’ve never stepped inside the arena. They’ve never had the blood, sweat, and tears or paid their dues. They can’t understand or critique what’s going on in your life.”
The body recovers most during REM and deep sleep
“You need your sleep, and you must sleep in order to recover” – Mike
“Sleep is when the body heals itself”
What does Mike recommend?
Be comfortable – create the right sleep environment
A temperature of 67-68 °F is optimal
Make sure the room is completely dark
Turn off all electronics 30-45 minutes before bed
“You owe it to yourself, and you owe it to your recovery, to commit to creating the optimal sleep environment”
LeBron uses the Calm app for white noise at night, he sleeps using the “Rain on Leaves” sound
Sleep has become more important to LeBron as his playing career has progressed
It’s the best way to recover
Sometimes he gets 10 hours
If he doesn’t get 8-9 hours of sleep, he’ll often take a nap during the day
What did LeBron eat yesterday?
Breakfast – Egg white omelet with smoked salmon, and gluten free pancakes topped with blueberries
Lunch – Whole wheat pasta, salmon, and vegetables
Pre game meal – Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
At half time during last night’s game – Sliced apples with almond butter on top
What won’t LeBron eat (particularly during the season)?
He tries to avoid non-organic food
What does LeBron say to himself before a big game?
He’s thinks about the game plan given to the team by the coaching staff
He also thinks about what he in particular needs to do to make the team successful
How about after a bad loss?
He’ll replay how the game played out, and search for things he could have done better
Working with Teammates
LeBron explains something interesting…
He has 3 kids, and he’s learned that in order to get the best out of them, he can’t approach them all the same way, because they’re all different
“I had to find out how to tap into each one of my kids, to get the same result, but teach them differently”
LeBon has this same way of thinking on the court – “You can’t talk to everyone the same way and expect to get the most out of them, because every personality is different. One thing I may say to one player, may trigger a different response in another player.”
What’s in LeBron’s pregame playlist?
All hip hop
It’s pretty random what hip hop he listens to, it pretty much comes down to whatever artist pops into his head at the moment