Sunday Setting Sights on Success
Positive thinking works, at least it did for me. How do I know that? well, one reason is that I remember the following story to this day and use the idea often because of this story.
Current Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker was one of my favorite teammates and he taught me the power of positive thinking, when I was a rookie with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dusty use to come up to me, and fellow Dodger rookies, before games and say, "Think 4 today." At first, we were not sure what he was referring to, until the game came along. After my first at-bat, Dusty would come up and say either, "Think 4" again, when you made a base hit your first at-bat or he would say, "Think 3 today," when you made out your first at-bat. There was little doubt in my mind that someday, Dusty Baker would move from his playing days to being a leader of men, as a major league manager.
This was an example of positive thinking at its best. Dusty Baker taught me how to look at every game from an offensive mindset by thinking that four hits were not only possible, but to expect to get four hits. So often, players look at one or two hits as a very good day and that is what they set their mind to achieving, when more is possible. When players limit their thinking to less than what is possible, they limit what they achieve. Once a player gets those two hits, they relax and become satisfied, thereby limiting their chances at an even better game.
Good baseball coaches help players develop a positive thinking mindset in the same way that Dusty Baker did for me. Little words of positive-thinking encouragement help players so they do not limit their daily potential, giving them a great outlook not only for baseball but for life, also.
"Want the ball hit to you"
"It only takes one (pitch)"
"Make your pitch"
"Today is our day"
"Right moment, right player up to bat"
"I wouldn't want any one else up right now than you"
Of course, the number of positive thinking statements is endless. Coaches, who coach in this encouraging way, set an example for how to play the game and live one's life, as Dusty Baker did for me.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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