Do you ever wonder why you play great one day and terrible the next? Did your physical ability change? Not likely, but your mental game was probably different. Your mindset and mental preparation can be the difference between winning and losing.
Here are some tips for winning the mental side of baseball:
- Play the game one pitch at a time - not one game at a time, not one inning at a time
- Keep your focus on the task at hand - don't look to the future or to past errors
- Visualize what you want to achieve before you go out there and physically do it - see yourself succeeding
- Stay within your own abilities, don't try to do too much
- Set a long-term goal for yourself - and then break that down into smaller, daily goals
- Have a strong work ethic and be the type of team player that leads by example
- Keep things simple, don't overanalyze
- Don't think, just react - the best players are the ones that play on instincts
- Many things are outside of your control (bad calls, opponents, bad weather) - acknowledge this and don't spend energy worrying about these things
- Focus on things you can control - your preparation and your game
Athletes spend so much time physically practicing to get an edge on the competition. Yet, what players can really do to get an edge is right in front of their nose, or more accurately, right above their shoulders! You hear the same thing all the time: Sports is 90-95% mental. Athletes and coaches at all levels say it, but how many of them do something about it? Unfortunately, not nearly enough. It may be common knowledge, but it is not always common practice.