Summer is here and so is showcase tournament baseball.
For players that have invested time the gym and in the cage the pressure to perform can be very real. So much so that it's easy to lose the joy and the reason why you started playing the game in the beginning when you were a kid, because it's fun and you love it.
It's easy to get wrapped up in me, me, me when you invest so much into creating long term value for yourself.
In this blog post we will look at 5 ways you can take the pressure to perform off yourself and ultimately be the best version of yourself when it matters most, on the field.
One of the key aspects of finding peace of mind on the field is learning to control your breathing. Deep, intentional breaths can help you stay calm, centered, and focused amidst the pressure and expectations.
When you feel the stress building up, take a moment to pause, close your eyes if needed, and take a few deep breaths. As you inhale, visualize yourself breathing in confidence, relaxation, and clarity.
As you exhale, release any tension or negative thoughts. This simple act of conscious breathing can help you reset your mind and body, allowing you to approach the game with a clearer and calmer mindset.
Attitude of Gratitude and Appreciation To Get to Play The Game
It's important to remember that not everyone has the opportunity to play baseball, let alone pursue a college scholarship. Embracing an attitude of gratitude and appreciation for the game can help shift your perspective and reduce the pressure you feel.
Take a moment to reflect on all the reasons you love baseball, the experiences it has given you, and the joy it brings to your life. By focusing on the positive aspects of the game and being grateful for the opportunity to play, you can cultivate a mindset of enjoyment rather than stress.
This will not only enhance your performance but also bring a sense of peace and fulfillment to your journey.
Genuinely Invest Into The Success of Everyone Around You
Instead of solely focusing on your own performance and goals, make a conscious effort to genuinely invest in the success of your teammates and coaches.
This means supporting and encouraging them both on and off the field. When you contribute to the overall success of the team, it takes some of the individual pressure off your shoulders.
Celebrate the achievements of your teammates, offer support during challenging times, and be a positive influence in the team's dynamic. By fostering a cooperative and supportive environment, you create a sense of unity and shared responsibility, which can alleviate stress and foster peace of mind for everyone involved.
Compete For The Boys
Remember that you are not alone in this journey. Your teammates are counting on you, just as you are counting on them. Embrace a mindset of competing for the collective success of the team rather than solely focusing on personal accolades.
When you approach each game and practice with the mindset of doing your best to contribute to the team's victory, it takes some of the pressure off your individual performance.
Recognize that every play, every pitch, and every swing you take is part of a collective effort to win. By focusing on the team's success, you can find peace of mind knowing that you are part of something bigger than yourself.
Be the Example to Those Players Coming Behind You
Remember that your actions and attitudes have an impact on those who come after you, especially younger players who look up to you. Embrace the responsibility of being a role model and strive to set a positive example both on and off the field.
Show them what it means to work hard, to overcome challenges, and to maintain a positive mindset. By embodying the qualities of resilience, sportsmanship, and dedication, you inspire others to follow in your footsteps.
Knowing that you are positively influencing others can bring a sense of peace and purpose to your journey as a young baseball player, allowing you to find fulfillment beyond individual achievements.
By incorporating these five elements into your approach to the game, you can cultivate a sense of peace of mind on the field. Remember to breathe deeply, maintain gratitude for the opportunity to play, support your teammates, compete for the collective success, and be a positive role model.
Embrace the joy of the game and the journey, and you'll find that the pressure diminishes, allowing you to perform at your best while enjoying the experience.