Thursday, May 10, 2012
VALUES TO PLAYING THE GAME
The following comes from "Mental Toughness: Baseball’s Winning Edge" by Karl Kuehl, John Kuehl, and Casey Tefertiller.
Values related to playing the game include:
Work ethic. Natural talent can carry a player only so far before someone must learn the proper footwork or better throwing technique to play defense well. A player must ask himself if he is willing to devote the time necessary to improve to the next level.
Proper execution. The amount of value a player places on executing different skills and elements of his game will determine how much he focuses and works on them.
Fortitude. This is the strength of mind that allows one to endure adversity and stand up to difficult tests. Colloquially it can be called guys or backbone.
Tenacity. This means sticking through a task to completion. A player must ask himself if he is willing to fight through the frustration to learn a new skill or improve, or simple to remain motivated when things are going badly.
Taking responsibility. It is easy to avoid responsibility for flaws, errors, and mistakes by blaming others and making excuses. The big problem comes when you make those excuses to yourself. By taking responsibility for your actions, you assert control over what can be accomplished.
Enthusiasm. The player has an advantage if he can muster up the emotions to try to perform well in every game or workout. This is difficult.
Competitiveness. Some of the desire to compete and test one’s abilities against others may come naturally, but placing a high value on competitiveness increases the ability to compete.
Preparedness. This covers both body and mind. It means putting in practice time on the field and mental time off the field.
Rest. Different people require different amounts of rest and relaxation. It is sometimes essential to get away from the rigors of public life to spend a day fishing to recharge, or simply an evening vegging out in front of the TV to relax. There is a difference between necessary diversion and laziness, and that is a line the individual must assess for himself.