Baseball Motivation, Quotes & Advice: When pressure, tension & anxiety takes away from your performance, it’s no fun. Your bat feels slower. You second guess your abilities, and your instincts feel off because the game seems to speed up.
You’re not alone. It happens to every player on the planet. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Fortunately. There are ways to transcend the tension & anxiety to allow your natural athletic abilities to come through.
Here are the steps.
1. Remember it’s not about you.
When your focus is on helping your teammates win the game, building your teammates up & leading by example by playing the game the right way with good body language, the performance anxiety shrinks because your focus is not on your stats or personal outcome.
2. Focus on the result you want.
What you focus on expands. If you’re in the box thinking, “don’t strike out, don’t strike out”, guess what’s probably going to happen. Instead, think “I’m gonna crush a line drive right back up the middle & win this at-bat”.
3. Focus on what you can control.
You can’t control what your coach says or thinks. You can’t control the umpires strike zone. You can’t control the sun or the wind, but you can control your preparation, your approach, self-talk, and how you respond to failure. It’s a choice. Choose wisely.
Simple yet so important. When we’re not in control of our breathing, our muscles tense up. When we’re in control of our breathing our muscles relax. Loose muscles are quick muscles.
Lastly, when it’s all said and done, you have to compete.
It’s all about manufacturing the belief that you have what it takes to beat the pitcher. The better you get at executing the first four steps, the better competitor & the more belief and self-confidence you will be able to build.
You have the knowledge. Now go make it happen.
You got this. You got this. You got this.
Freedom To Fail.
In a game loaded with failure, a hitter's biggest challenge is to be confident and stay confident.
Hitters have to give themselves freedom to fail.
How good you get at dealing with failure will dictate:
- How quickly you make adjustments
- How consistently you grow confidence from the things you can control
- How instinctually motivated you develop as an athlete
- How much of a grinder & competitor you are…
- How much fun you have.
At the end of the day, when you have fun, you will play well.
Learn to love adversity.
Give yourself freedom to fail.
Hey, guess what, that space between your ears...that’s yours. Be strict with what goes in and what comes out.
As hitters, we have to get great at focusing on the results we want while ignoring the result we don’t. You can start by controlling what you think, and controlling your mental chatter.
Instead of "Don’t strike out." Think: "Attack the inner half & hit something up the middle."
Instead of "I hope I get a hit." Think: "I know I’m gonna hit a hard line-drive right back up the middle.
Instead of: "I suck!" Think: "I’m failing, but learning.”
How great you get at controlling what you focus on, and the mental chatter in your head will dictate how far you make it in this game. What you focus on expands.
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