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Using Baseball Role Models for Motivation.

 

What should I do if my player lacks motivation?

I get that question a lot…here is my response.

Have you ever felt a connection or an affinity with a baseball player you looked up to?

Maybe you found out that both of you are from the same home-town, share the same favorite flavor of ice-cream, or both played little league at the same park.

Studies have shown that when an individual has made a perceived connection with someone who is doing something that they’d like to do as well, it increases their level of motivation and work ethic by 62 %.

There is a reason why pioneers and trailblazers are so valuable to society. They provide us with proof that seemingly impossible things can be done and more importantly, give us permission to allow our “strongest selves” to shine through.

There is something to be said to having baseball role models that serve as sign posts for what can be accomplished.

They are the reference points for our goals and as we shoot for the moon, we may miss but we will land among the stars.

Okay, okay…I know I’m starting to sound a bit hokey but here’s the truth.

If you aim for the mud, you’ll probably land in it.

Avoid selling yourself short by modeling after those that you admire and have accomplished great things as ball players.

It’s way more valuable than what you’ve been taught. Pick one player and run with it.

You can learn more about it in this video.

What are your thoughts?

Do you have a baseball role model? Please let me know in the comment section below. I’d love to hear who they are!

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Become a Switch-Hitter By Growing Your Myelin Sheath.

 

I didn’t learn how to become a true switch-hitter until I was around 22 years old but when I did it was a huge skill-set for me and served as a major advantage.

All breaking ball pitches were breaking towards me and I was able to pick up the ball out of the pitcher’s hand more effectively because the pitcher was always throwing from the opposite side of the mound.

A lot of people share the misconception that if you don’t start switch hitting early it will be too late to start later in your career. That’s absolutely false. I’m a testament to that.

In this Art of Baseball QnA video, I’ll be sharing with you a unique idea that relates closely with the overall developing process of being able to hit from both sides of the plate. The idea or process of a lack of better words is the “Myelin Sheath”.

The Myelin Sheath is the insulator of your neural pathways that are responsible with the process of building and developing new skills and knowledge. This is very important because as the Myelin Sheath grows, we learn things quicker and the entire process compounds on itself.

The most interesting thing about this entire topic is that only up until recently, scientists have discovered that Myelin responds in direct proportion to the amount of electrical activity that it experiences, IE practice.

In this video I’ll discuss how it works and what things you can do specifically to grow your Myelin Sheath to start hitting better from your non dominant side in no time.

Enjoy the video!

 

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How to have little guy POWER like Dustin Pedroia

 

You know where I stand. If you’re an average ballplayer and you don’t have values…you won’t become a great player.

If you’re a a baseball parent…and you don’t know how to communicate the value of work-ethic, humility and courage as legitimate approaches to success in baseball…

…he’ll just have to learn the hard way. I know this may offend some of you. I hope it does. The truth is, there is a particular type of baseball, parent, player and coach that I’d prefer to continue subscribing to my newsletter.

If my stance rubs you the wrong way there are other web sites that will show you how to “squish the bug and keep your elbow up” until you’re blue in the face.

What I’m interested in showing you is how you can reach your highest potential by establishing the right kind of mental attitude  to perform like the players you see on TV.

For example..

Dustin Pedroia is a player who has true confidence. Doesn’t play baseball to seek validation.

He plays. He performs and he competes.

I share a simple little incite about his approach to the plate as well as a mechanical movement that you can learn from.

Enjoy.

Mark

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How to make home made warrior paint eye-black for your next ball game.

 

One of the things that I loved most about playing baseball was the preparation.

The pre-game rituals were exciting for me.

Yes…I was the kind of player who was so excited that I would sleep in my uniform the night before the ball-game.

Don’t worry, I eventually grew out of that as i got older.

What I never did grow out of however was having a solid pre-game ritual that allowed me to rehearse success over and over again. So much of baseball is beyond our control. The truth is…we can do everything right and still fail.

That’s what makes this game unique. So having a process that allows you to feel that you’re are in control of “some” things is important.

With that being said, I’d like to share with you a pre-game ritual that is both fun to do and is free.

“Home-made eye black & warrior paint.”

Here are the tools you’ll need.

1. Wine bottle cork. (Or any kind of cork material)

2. Lighter or match. ( Please have parental guidance if you’re under the age of 18)

3. Mirror ( or have someone apply the eye black for you)

I hope this video helped! Post a picture of you’re results or send it to me by email.

Good luck.

 

How did yours turn out? Let me know in the comments section below.

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