So what makes an athlete successful in his chosen field? What could be the mindset of the best softball player such as Jennie Finch and Eric Byrnes. Is there any secret formula? The answers to these questions are a combination of talent, coaching, luck, team effort and the player’s attitude toward the sports.
The team’s odds of winning heavily rely on every player’s confidence and focus. Each and one of them should be willing to give their 100% all the time. Hence, the saying champions are made, not born depends on the player’s mindset.
It’s all in the Mind
To get the most out of your ability and skills as a player, it requires you to build confidence, stay competent and constantly communicate with your coach and the rest of the team.
Below are some of the pointers that every efficient player must have.
GET OVER IT
Even a veteran player makes mistakes. You can commit numerous mistakes and see people around you are getting disappointed, shaking their head or even stomping away from the field. Players especially young athletes tend to get heartbroken and start to doubt their abilities.
This feeling will let you out of control for the rest of the game and will have a direct effect on your attitude towards winning. Do not be that person who harps on every mistake and error. Try harder not to allow the disappointment to stick around and focus on the next game.
Every game is an opportunity to correct your mistakes and improve your skills as a player.
LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS AND SUSTAIN IT
Regardless if you are playing softball for quite some time now, it is still your responsibility to practice, learn new techniques, work on the fundamentals you are not strong with and listen to your coach. Still, there is no better substitute for consistent practice and solid mechanics.
Of course, eating right, getting adequate rest and keeping your self-discipline will follow suit. Your life as an athlete requires continuous training and consistent conditioning. It is a must to be in good shape all the time.
KEEP UP YOUR MENTAL GAME
Mental toughness is a crucial area that most players have overlooked. This dimension greatly affects other aspects of playing softball. Moreover, your mental skills or lacking it will make-or-break your chance of becoming the best softball player.
Mental toughness includes the following:
- Staying calm and playing in control under pressure.
- Be able to bounce back immediately from mistakes and errors.
- Concentrate and focus on the most important things during the game.
- Use your failures as motivations and staying motivated.
- Make the positive feedback part of your motivation to reach your goals.
- Be mentally prepared for big games.
STAY CONFIDENT BUT DO NOT OVERDO IT
In sports psychology, confidence is considered the most essential foundation that every athlete should possess. This will allow him to perform at his optimum level. Lacking the solid base of confidence, an athlete is more likely to become inconsistent with his or her performance.
While some player’s confidence fragile and fleeting, others tend to become a bit overconfident with their self. This won’t help you either. Realize that there are still more room for improvements and that you are part of a team so you have to play as one of them.
SET REASONABLE GOALS
Your goals as a player will help you stay on the right track but, it should be reasonable and attainable. Setting doable goals will prevent you from experiencing unnecessary failures. Moreover, you will enjoy the game if you are playing according to your level of performance.
Complete your goals one step at a time. This will keep your morale and confidence as an athlete and will allow you to learn more and experience more that softball has to offer.
Unfortunately, we are now living in a society obsessed with outcomes and results then, they are free to express judgment. Your mindset and attitude as an athlete will help you survive such mentality. Think of your efforts as the “Cause” while success, winning and fun experience is the “Effect”. The end results of having a positive mindset are likely to be a good one.