The mental game of hitting must be practiced...diligently and effectively.
Food for Thought: Many baseball people say that the game of baseball is 80-90% mental...if that is true, wouldn’t it be a great idea to practice your mental game diligently and effective. (The power of Imagination- Imagery)
- You have the ability in you, but are you willing and able to bring it out every day...?
- Players are capable of being as good or great as they choose to be.
- (Good is the enemy of Great)
- The greatest distance in baseball is 7 inches. The 7 inches between your ears. (Brain => Mental Toughness)
- Have NO regrets...work hard to live IN the moment.
- The past is already behind you; Worrying and stressing will never change it. Move on.
- The future will come soon enough. Focus on the task at hand(moment) and the future will take care of itself. - Do not dwell on the problem, but rather on the solution. (Game of adjustments) - Self pity of anger leads to a loss of confidence, which further distracts the player. And that distraction gets in the way of their ability to see the ball. (Snowball effect)
- Worry about the process and not the result. (Can do everything right in this game and still fail. Ex: lineout)
- Process- Something you can control. (behaviors, thoughts, etc..) - Results- Something you have no control over. (Base Hits, HR, RBI, BA)
- 100% physical effort does not always give you 100% results.
- Have a plan, relax, see the ball and trust your muscles. Keep the process SIMPLE.
- Consistent behaviors lead to consistent performance.
- The price of success is perseverance.
- Mental mechanics are just as important as physical mechanics.
II. First and Foremost, See the Ball! - Hitters: Ask yourself daily if you’re “seeing the ball well.”