Mental Baseball Tip:How to play with anger
There will come a day as a baseball player when you feel as though nothing is working. No matter what adjustments you have made, advice you have taken, and rituals you have started, success just seems like its not coming any time soon.
You’re not the first baseball player this has happened to, and you certainly won’t be the last. When everything seems to not be working- there really is only one thing left to do.
Seriously. I mean get mad. You have worked too hard, and have sacrificed way to much to be just an average ball player. It’s time to take a stand. Your going to take back what once was yours.
And this is how you will do it.
So today you are 0-4 with three strike outs and a fly-out. You’re up to bat again. This is what will do.
Picture someone who has undermined or underestimated you. Someone who thinks your just an average ball player or blew you off unnecessarily. Maybe a coach, scout, team-mate or opponent. Visualize their expression as they see you fail. You were doing nothing but proving they were right. Imagine this in detail and allow this idea to stew for a bit until your blood begins to boil.
Are you getting angry yet?
Now step in the box and take this anger that you have gathered within you and transfer it to your bat.
You have just become the most dangerous player alive.
Remember you have had enough. You weren’t born to fail, you were born to succeed. You may have failed 1,000 times but not this time. This time, you are going to hit the ball hard. You are going to prove that you are a player not to be reckoned with. You are going to play fearlessly, and with reckless abandon.
When you get your chance…swing- then run as hard as you can.
I do consider anger to be a negative emotion, but used the right way it can provide some positive results.
Anger is like fire. If used correctly it can cook your food, warm your house, and provide light in the darkness.
If mishandled, like many players do, it can burn everything around you and leave you with nothing. So use this power wisely!
If you are a baseball player, and you have had enough…..get angry!
Don’t have a game for a while. Try using anger with these hitting drills!