Baseball Mental Power: Do You Know What Your Mind Is Capable Of? You Will Be Surprised!
The goal? To understand and unleash the power of your mind to ultimately gain enhanced baseball mental power, helping seperate yourself and your team from the competition, in all phases of your game.
I initially learned about this exercise from my wife, Margaret. She is a Human Resources Professional and had experienced this exercise in a business management seminar, while working for a technology company.
Soon after my wife's experience, I was reintroduced to it by Jeff Janssen, then the Sports Psychologist at The University of Arizona.
This exercise has been the initial lead into teaching baseball's mental game, to all of my teams and players since.
It never fails to amaze the players that they are able to do this. Once they have this experience, it helps open their minds to all the posibilities that are available to them.
It is much fun to watch and listen to the players as they do the exercises. You can hear the amazement in their voices.
A Mind, Once Stretched By A New Idea, Never Goes Back To It's Original Dimensions. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes ~
Equipment Needed For Exercise
Initial Set Up
Sequence Of Steps
This group of baseball mental power exercises never fails to draw comments from the participants, such as,"hey, this is wierd, wow, what's happening to me, and my all time personal favorite; what is this, voodoo?"
As you move up through the steps, the emotion builds, as they are able to accomplish more and more complex movements. It would be nice to believe we all might have some mystical powers; but the reason the clip is moving is quite basic, but very exciting.
When you use imagery, that experience does not stay just in the mind. It is transformed throughout our bodies.
While we did not direct our muscles to move, the images of the clip moving created actual impulses and movements in the muscles of our hand and arm, at a very low level, a level so low we cannot detect it is happening.
So What Makes Imaging Useful And Exciting?
Baseball Mental Power Tips ~ From The Dugout
Time spent on baseball mental power as a group and as individuals, provides your athletes with the same power of entitlement they get from working on physical skills.
The added bonus is they are doing something extra to separate themselves from their competition.
Some of the effort is formal and noticeable, much of it is subtle. All of it is effective!
When you have the mental game tools, it's the equivalent of having a road grader, instead of a shovel and rake, to build roads.
One Example Of The Many Baseball Mental Power Stories In Existence
A number of years ago, I listened to a presentation from a sports psychologist, who at the time worked for the Seattle Mariners.
He was speaking about imagery and used this example about Ken Griffey Jr. Between at bats, when the Mariners were on offense, Griffey would go back in the club house and watch video of his successful at bats, listening to music which helped him focus. He felt that imagery transferred directly to the field.
While those of us in amateur and youth baseball are not dugout equipped with video, and in most cases would be against league rules, we all have those special "in the zone" moments forever etched in our minds.
All we have to do is focus on the positive skill or movement we anticipate, calling up that mental video, increasing our chances for success with that skill.
Baseball mental power is a tremendous tool to possess and one that will create positive separation between yourself and your competition.
As players understand the concept of the baseball mental power they all have, it makes a great base to build from.
Additional Topics: A Road Map To Increasing Mental ToughnessMental Game
~ The one thing over which you have absolut control is your own thoughts. ~ Coaching Confidence
~ In baseball, coaching confidence can produce results that go beyond the drills and strategies and into the hearts and minds of the people they teach. ~ Focus Grid
~ This is a fun mental focus exercise designed to find out how well you can initially concentrate with no distractions, then how well you concentrate with distractions. ~ Mental Control
~ Mental control lies in our ability to direct our attention on what we can control. ~ Self Talk
~ The dialogue we carry on with ourselves each day of our lives. ~ Slump Busting
~ Slump busting can provide you and your players with a plan to decrease the impact of those inevitable slumps. ~ Mental Framing
~ Put your mind in a position to be successful. ~ Teamwork
~ It's crucial but; players don't always know what teamwork means. ~ Control Your Attitude
~ Controlling your attitude is nothing more than choosing to use and focus on productive self talk. ~ Identifying Unproductive Behaviors
~ Make your opponent beat you instead of losing to yourself. ~ Derek Jeter On Deck
~ The ultimate preparation! ~ Harvey Dorfman
~ Tributes to a very special man! ~
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