Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Friday, June 23, 73 BTSNY student-athletes attended the final Life Skills Workshop of the year. "Sports Psychology" was taught by Gene Zannetti, co-founder of Wrestling Mindset. Zanetti taught student- athletes how to view seemingly impossible, daunting, and scary tasks as exciting and possible to accomplish. 

Zanetti demonstrated this mindset with various examples, such as successfully balancing a penny on spinning hanger or teaching the kids how to quickly memorize a number long enough to fill two lines of a Google document. Though these examples seemed like magic tricks, the lesson began to make sense with Zanetti's third example.  

Zanetti required a volunteer to demonstrate the last "trick." Jayson Gomez, an Eagle Academy junior, was asked to balance a broom on his finger. In his first attempt, Gomez was asked to look down at his finger-- "Jayson could not keep the broom up if we paid him," said Coach Jacque Davis, Head Girls Coach. Zanetti then asked Gomez to look toward the top of the broom. To everyone's surprise, Gomez was able to complete the task with ease. Zanetti explained that seemingly nothing about the task-- Gomez, the broom, nor the goal-- had changed except for one thing: the point of view. 

Zanetti additionally taught the kids about the 20/80 rule, which is the study that 20% of effort in an area equals 80% of the results. He also taught them the "Time Management Quadrants," which helped the kids divide their life into "Urgent""Not Urgent""Important", and "Not Important" categories. Using this technique can help an individual become more productive and have higher quality results, according to Zanetti. Zanetti additionally broke down the golden wheel, which represents how the most successful individuals think vs. how the average person thinks.  

Coach Davis described how Zanetti managed to keep the group engaged and captivated by introducing fun with his flexible teaching style. "He was able to simplify some very intricate psych studies, which will help our kids more easily maximize how they understand and cope with difficult situations in their life," said Davis. 

Julius Whetstone, a junior at MLK, described how the biggest lesson he learned was to not worry about other people's accolades. When focusing on others, "you won't be able to keep a key focus on your own progress," said Whetstone. 

Thank you to Gene Zanetti for showing our kids how to improve their mindset, better enabling them to succeed in future challenges. 

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