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How to dream BIG in baseball like Pablo

This post was inspired by the previous interview with Tom Hanson on the mental aspect of baseball. One of the things that he said that really hit home for me and the Art of Baseball community as well, was when he said ,

the things you think about you attract into your life

I couldn’t put it any better myself! What we think about we not only attract into our lives but but the things we already have in our lives we enhance or expand.

That is why as baseball players it’s important that we moderate the quality of our thoughts and question our LIMITING beliefs about ourselves!

A perfect example of a baseball player that uses visualization, imagination, and passion to hit the baseball with more power, consistency, and well………fun is the popular San Francisco player Pablo Sandoval A.K.A Kung Fu Panda!

You can tell just by watching him on T.V that he plays baseball with passion and imagination and this shows in his approach to the game!

Wan’t to learn three QUICK ways you can start “dreaming big” as a baseball player and start using a mind set that allows your natural ability to shine through?

Well here they are!

Visualize

Like I said in the previous interview with Tom Hanson, the brain doesn’t know the difference between what it sees in it’s mind’s eye and what it sees with your actually eyes. Picture something very intense or scary in your head and what happens? The same emotional or physical response occurs as if you really saw it or experienced it in real life.

That is why the “rehearsal of success” is so important. Picture it in your mind daily so that when it comes to actually needing to accomplish the task, you will have the memory of having done it already. This is where CONFIDENCE comes from!

Fake it till you make it

Sometimes it may seem that positive beliefs are hard to come by. No matter how hard you try, believing in yourself seems like an obstacle that’s more challenging than laying off that breaking pitch in the dirt. That is why regardless of how we feel, taking the time to make the intention to feel a certain way is necessary.  We have to get to the point where how we choose to feel and how we desire to feel are closely united.

 

Make a dream board

So now that we understand the first two ways of learning how to dream BIG as a baseball player, lets find a way where we can apply it with an actual tool.

Ever heard of a dream board? A simple cork board with pictures or words that represent the future that you would like to have?

We know that what we think about we bring into our lives right?

And we also know now that visualizing and choosing how to feel adds on to that experience.

So why not have a visual that helps incorporate all of these things. Why not remind ourselves daily of what our goals are as baseball players?!!!

Pablo does!!!!!! Did you notice what was on his dream board?!!

 

Here is what is on mine right now!

Can you guess what I’ve been dreaming about? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on your dream board??!!

In the comments below tell me a few things that you would have on your Baseball Dream Board!

 

 

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How to be a smooth ball-player and impress a scout ( 2 simple baseball-tips)

So you want to get the attention of a scout on the field?

That’s easy…….just remind them of the other players they have drafted before.

When your on the field, if you can move like a player that knows what he’s doing, you’re going to get his attention.

The truth is, you don’t have to even perform well, to get him to write your name down. You just have to show him that you can:

  • Be quick and athletic
  • Calm and under control
The next part is being able to do this at game speed, under pressurre, and in key situations
But before that, you have to show them you are athletic. Call it smooth, pretty, or slick. I’m not in any way condoning show-boating, but I do mean showcasing your skills.
If you are lacking them, here they are.

Have a quick release

As the level of competition gets better, the faster each play becomes. Meaning you have less time to hit,field, or throw a baseball, and um oh yea….this “game” is a “game of inches” if you didn’t know;)

The quicker you can do a particular movement while staying under control, and within your capabilities, the more you will look like you know what you are doing, the better your projection will be and chances are the more successful you will be.

 

Be under control (Emphasis long/exaggerated movements)

A great way for a player to start implementing smooth/athletic movements is by first understanding what the correct movements are wether it’s fielding, hitting or throwing a baseball, then repeating those movements with slightly longer exaggerated movements to get a feel for the different kind of approach. I’m not a huge advocate of dissecting mechanics- instead I think it’s better to learn how to emulate successful players through observation and then copying them until you find a groove/success.

I did this by emulating big-leaguers and then getting it on tape.  I think you will find more rapid development if you understand how big-league athletes move their bodies, and apply it every day on video then “rinse and repeat.”

Take a look at any big-leaguer in practice. They move slowly. Like a tiger in a cage. Full of potential energy yet expending the least amount of it……

Be slow….be under control….be smooth…..and you’ll impress……..play ball!

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1 Hitting Tip, 1 Mental Tip, and 1 Baseball food you should eat during the winter break.

Okay so for most of you, fall-ball has been done for a couple of months. Question is, have you still been training?

Or have you been playing Call of Duty, or spending a little to much time on “Face Book”?

Yea you know who you are. Guess what…..there is someone out there busting their butt. Taking extra hacks in the cage, running sprints, taking extra ground-balls, and eating the right foods to get ready for the 2012 season.

Are you going to get left behind? Are you going to struggle at the plate this season? Are you mentally prepared?

If you’re worried, don’t be…….

Here are three things that can get you back on track, and if you haven’t dropped the ball…….here are three things that will help you get ahead.

Use simple Hitting Drills to stay sharp

I’ve seen it time and time again, where seemingly over night, a hitter’s swing breaks down after they come back from the holidays.

They had a great fall or pre season, and yet for some odd reason, they seem like a completely different hitter!

A hitter’s swing can be such a delicate thing. The smallest things can offset a player’s timing or rhythm and set him up for a slow start to a new season. So it’s very important to get your swings in during down time. I can’t stress it enough.

How often should you hit?

EVERY-DAY.

I’m not talking about swinging everyday until your blisters pop like a grape, but I do mean, have the mental discipline to make hitting a priority over anything else. The great thing is it only takes 15 minutes to get loose, work on your swing, and get out of there.

The point of developing into a great hitter is knowing what brings the best results, and refining them over and over again until that becomes a foundation for your success.

Here are couple of hitting drills that you can use to stay sharp as a hitter.

Staying inside the ball
How to hit high velocities

Perfect you mental game

It’s no secret that this game is all mental. A big part of becoming a mentally tough player, one who is confident and is able to perform at his greatest potential, comes from how he views success.

Focusing on things you can control will allow you to build confidence. if your confidence is influenced in any way by things out of your control( ie Batting Average, your coache’s opinion of you, scouts in the stands, playing time) your screwed.

I promise you, create what Steve Springer calls “Daily attainable goals” in his Audio-Book “Quality At-Bats” and watch how differently you perform.

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Eat baseball foods

Guys you have to eat the right foods. I know it’s the holidays, and you want to eat mom’s cooking, but make sure you’re eating things that will help you perform on the field.

If you could do just one thing different in your diet, eat less foods that are acidic, and more foods that will alkalize your body.

Here is one simple baseball food that you can eat and that is easy to make.

Why? After a work out, your body craves sugar. A banana is a great supplement for this because it will fulfill this need without giving givning acidic intake.

When? Directly after any sort of baseball related training.

Ingredients

* 2 cups raw oats
* 2 cups raisins
* 1 cup pecans
* ½ cup cut ground flax seeds
* 2 ripe bananas
* A little bit of cinnamon
* 3 tablespoons of agave nectar ( not essential)

 

There you have it guys. Three different things you can do over the holidays that will help you become a better ball player.

This won’t turn you into an all-star, but it can give you an inch, and sometimes that’s all that is nessasary.

A little goes a long way.

Good luck and happy holidays!

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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.

Get angry.

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?

Good.

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!