A Winning Attitude: Preparation for Trial

A Winning Attitude: Preparation for Trial

Based Upon The Book: The Mental Game of  Baseball by Dorfman and Kuehl

Annotations By Arthur F. Licata

1. The success we achieved in the past is more important than the failures we fear in the future.

2. Confidence: an attitude; the feeling a player has that he will perform well.

3. To go in to a competition with a sense of positive anticipation and well-being.

4. The typical athlete goes all out in competition. That’s easy. The exceptional athlete goes all out to prepare for competition.

5. The most prepared are the most dedicated.

6. Timing-knowing when you are ready.

7. The mind needs a warm-up as well as the body.

8. Create a mental state of mind that produces a calm, quiet confidence.

9. develope a mental peacefulness generated from complete preparation and then the time to quietly relax the mind through meditation.

10. Every “game” is prepared in the same way. Consistency and the repitition of successful physical acts and mental images lead to more success.

11. Develope consistency whether it is in practice , a regular game or the “Super Bowl”.

12. Good habits, practiced over and over again, lead to a winning way.

13. Visualization: the process refers to the ability to recall information in physical forms and images instead of words. A person mentally “sees” and experiences a winning sensation.

14. Use your imagination to mentally see all that you do and all that flows through you to create a winning experience mentally even before it physically happens.

15. Visualization: it programs the nervous system, muscles and fibers of the body.The cleaner the image-the more detail-the greater the effect upon the body’s readiness to perform successfully.

16. Imagination can trigger nerve and muscle response.

17. Your heart, breath, nerves and muscle all get their images from the internal pictures you draw and send to your nervous system.

18. To win you first must win in your “mind’s eye”.

19. Perform mental replays of successful performances.

20. See and Feel yourself performing just the way you want.

21. See yourself winning before you even begin to compete.

22. We realize that some conditions and problems are uncontrollable. But, when we control our reactions to problems and adversity we are controlling their effect upon us. How we act and react will illustrate the degree of our self-control and our mental discipline.

23. Pattern of control: control our awareness; control our thoughts; control our self-talk; control our behavior-mind/body connection. Thoughts influence the body and the body influences one’s thoughts.

24. We need balance. The pressure to perform successfully should not be too high and not too low. The goal is to maintain an even strain. A mental state of equilibrium.

25. Emotional trouble begins and stress and anxiety escalate when a person starts to concentrate on what the opponent might do; or what is happening to himself rather than on what he wants to make happen.

26. Control is lost when a person’s feelings and thoughts focus on consequences, e.g. catastrophic thinking.

27. Bad feelings are hard to control. The baseball pitcher, Tom Seaver, admitted: “You feel it is all hopeless. you want to quit. You have to force yourself to forget and start over as if it never happened.

28. Be intense without anxiety.

29. Negative thinking. Man is what he believes. The immune system and the nervous system are connected. What happens to one affects the other.

30. Breathe: a simple calming and awareness technique.

31. Pressure; antidote – preparation for performance.

32. Challenge and not a danger. Those who enjoy the challenge enjoy it because they interpret it as a challenge and not as a threat!

33. Positive self-talk: a calming and refocusing technique.

34. Fear of failure and imagined consequences create pressure.

35. Some sources of fear: the expectations of others.

36. Positive pressure: being “up” for a game.

37. Negative tension: fear of failure; the expectancy of the inability to perform, e.g. “choking”.

38. Resetting your balance.

39. Getting away from the source of the pressure.

40. Moving and stretching.

41. Visualization.

42. Tensing and relaxing.

43. Talking out loud.

44. Controlled breathing.

45. Really concentrate on the task and then let it go.                                                 Become “in the Zone.” Yogi Bera said: “why think?”

46. Loss of performance can be initiated by  a loss of self-confidence.

47. There is the danger of over-thinking a problem.

48. Practice and preparation create in a person a habituated winning behavior.

49. Muscle memory subconsciously wins before the act of doing is ever begun.

50. Anger: It creates a self-fulfilling behavior of failure. Inner intensity is a characteristic of all great athletes if it is applied to their performance in a positive way. These outstanding athletes do not punish themselves or put their emotions on parade. They examine what has happened during their performance in a rational way. They work at improving or fixing it. They know that anger makes it more likely that they will make another mistake. They will be distracted by what they just did and not focus on what must be done.

51. A mistake can be a learning experience to improve one’s performance. A mistake is not a value judgement on the person and it does not make him a failure because he made a mistake-especially if he learns from his mistakes.

52. The golfer, Jack Nicklaus, believed that instead of becoming emotional in a situation that might provoke another golfer to anger, he simply concentrated more on the task at hand. Athletes that learn to do that perform marvelously under pressure.

53. Pain: The yogis in India learned to enable the mind to exert control over the body’s autonomic nervous system.

54. Mental discipline and pain control. Mantra: I am performing pain-free; I am strong and healthy; I am healing more and more each day; My body is healthy and pain-free; I am healing and nurturing my body.

55. Start with relaxation and then move on to visualization. Feel yourself becoming warm, calm, quiet and relaxed. A relaxed person is a confident person. Confidence and a positive attitude result in the lowering of anxiety and thus lessening interference due to antagonistic muscle tension or the loss of one’s ability to direct and control his undivided attention towards the task at hand.

56. The striving for excellence is the enactment of the player’s idea of winning. The right results come from the right approach.

57. When you know the right way, and you know you want to go that way, there is no acceptable reason to make any other choice.

58. One must learn to accept adversity as part of the game of life; do not magnify the adverse conditions and seek sympathy.

59. Ingredients for winning: set the goals; set your goals and not the goals of “others”. Have the determination and committment to do the work necessary to succeed. Accept responsibility: to be responsible for what one does.

60. Attitude: a positive state of mind.

61. Confidence.

62. Learning: they know enough to learn how.

63. Preparation.

64. Mental discipline.

65. Self-esteem: how one thinks about oneself has an impact upon his thoughts and actions.

66. Learn to win or failure becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

67. Winners think of problems not as negative factors or obstacles but as challenges to overcome.

68. Failure is part of learning; just do not repeat past mistakes.

69. Winners are exceptional because they meet life’s challenges-they do and act-with positive thinking.

70. The effective integration of one’s mind and body can maximize one’s potential.




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