“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering
One of the biggest pieces of advice that I try to project to hitters I work with is to project confidence. When a hitter gets into the box, he should have a belief that he is going to execute his job. That job could be a number of things from hitting the ball hard to getting a sacrifice bunt down. But, no matter what that job is, he has to believe that he will get it done.
I cannot count the number of times I have sat by the on deck circle and heard players talk themselves out of a successful at-bat before they ever see a pitch. This guy is throwing hard, I hope he doesn’t throw a curveball, I cannot hit anything right now are among the litany of excuses that I have heard. I sit there and watch hitters give away at-bats. Sure enough, more often than not, the at-bat ends exactly as they predicted, and the cycle of negative self-talk continues.
I love watching the hitters that are eager to get in the box. They walk with a confidence to the plate. They carry this positive body language that exudes confidence. In their mind, they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to have a successful at-bat.
Do they always succeed? Well, no. Baseball is a hard game. But, these hitters certainly make it easier on themselves. They are not fighting a negative and fixed mindset. They are not fighting themselves. They are simply competing and giving themselves as much positive ammunition to obtain a successful result.
Imagine how this may play out for you. You may have to give a presentation, make a sales pitch, close business, present a closing argument, get someone to vote for you, or tell your child no. Can you do this without confidence and succeed? Perhaps, sometimes.
But, wouldn’t it be so much easier if you projected a confidence in your delivery, your tone, your words, your demeanor? Wouldn’t your success rate increase and your confidence soar if you believed you already owned the room, had the sale, or won the case? How awesome would that performance be?
We are skeptical by nature. We expect the worst so we are not surprised when it happens. We look over our shoulder believing that someone will be there to point out our every fall.
We should work to get our mind in a place where we are not bound by self-made limitations. We should be in a place where we expect the best and are not surprised when it happens. We should be telling ourselves that we will execute, that we will deliver, that we will succeed.
We will then be truly free to live, work, and play at our maximum potential. It may not be possible for us to avoid any sense of failure, but armed with all of this confidence, it will be really tough to keep us from being at our best.
Bring your best today!