I have been playing baseball for a long time. Today I want to share with you a secret to baseball that I have not shared with anyone before. This one secret has helped me tremendously on the pitch, and its implementation is so easy and fast you will kick yourself (with a bat?) for not trying it before. With this secret, you can become an overall better player and exceed your own expectations.
I was one of the youngest players on my team, and as it may be to the experience of many, I was looked down upon and not taken very seriously. Quite normal when you are young and on a team. But the reality was not far from the truth. In addition to being young, there were guys who were much better than me. They were faster, stronger, more experienced and even perhaps more gifted players that I will ever be.
At that time, I was simply a groundball hitter. I’d get on base with line drives every now and then. But the biggest thing that I learned, and I am grateful that this happened to me, is that I never gave up. Yes, it’s that simple. Now, many of you will start calling me “Captain Obvious” at this point, but there is more than visceral truth in never giving up. It’s the key to success and becoming the best baseball player you can possibly be. (As an added bonus, it also applies to anything else in life).
Most people I know, certainly those on my team never decided to be a good baseball player. That is why, in retrospect, they were not! To be a good baseball player, you need to decide RIGHT NOW that you need to become one. Baseball is mostly a game played in the head. Once you have the self-confidence of a rock star, you will embody and personalize that frame of mind on the pitch. When your mind is without a doubt that you are a very good baseball player, there is nothing to hinder your body. Your body will follow your mindset. You will find that your muscle memory also starts to improve and your swings become more and more confident, powerful and consistent.
Ask any professional baseball player around, and self-confidence is the #1 factor they will add to the beginning of the baseball equation. A right mindset is more invaluable that even long and tiresome hours of practice. You can practice all you want, but without the right mindset, it will all go down the drain as practice is only one part of a more complex mix. So, saddle the winner mindset today (that’s right now), let it sooth in deep under your skin, and you will find that your game quickly starts to be driven not by experience or practice but by confidence as well.
Far too many baseball players think that by simply practicing their swing, they will automatically become good baseball players. They cannot be further from the truth. Everything starts with the mindset – it dictates everything, including your failure.
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