Players, Coaches, and Parents often ask me, "How much is the game mental?"
My answer - it's ALL MENTAL.
Because I've found that even a Ballplayer's ability to improve their physical skills - starts in their Mind first.
It's a point I shared with my mentorship group - the Elite BEASTS - on this week's call.
When a Hitter wants to improve their swing mechanics - one of the patterns I've found that limits their progress is that hitters can be too general and too vague with exactly what they want to improve.
They end up going to the cages or practice taking hundreds of swings - going through the motions and not getting the improvements they desire.
One of my roles as a Mental Hitting Coach and Mental Skills Trainer - is to help them get clear on the details...
So that they step into a workout more focused on exactly what they need to do to improve their skills and performance -
YET - getting clear on the details also activates the...
For any Athlete that has big goals and dreams in their sport…
Whether they desire to one day make a Varsity team, or go on to play in College, or even the Pros…
I can promise for every Athlete - there will be setbacks, adversities, and obstacles along the way.
The longer an Athlete plays - the greater the failure and heartbreak they’ll need to learn to endure.
Because nobody has an easy path to making their dreams a reality (and why so few ever do).
I teach the Young Athletes I mentor to separate the “facts” from the “story” they make up in their own minds.
When working with a player who has hit a huge roadblock…
Whether they’ve been injured, or have been cut, or aren’t getting the attention from the Colleges they desire…
In those moments - they share with me the facts of the situation AND also a story of what it means about them and their future.
And too many Athletes “make up” a negative story -...
Hey, Jason Botts here.
We all know how awful bad body language looks on the field or court…
But - it’s also determining the performance (and results) of an athlete.
Here’s a quick video I made for the PLAB blog this week on how the body affects the mind - and thus a player's performance.
Until Next Time,
Aim High and Swing Hard!
Jason is an Advanced Mindset Trainer, Performance Strategist, and former Major League Baseball Player. When not playing catch or shooting hoops with his own two sons - Jason trains, mentors and coaches Athletes of ALL ages to Increase their Performance, Achieve their Goals, and 'Live the Dream.'
Learn more about the Elite BEASTS Mentorship Program - OCTOBER 1ST starts the next 8-week round of Jason's Live Video Training - where he personally teaches and trains this community of Highly Driven Athletes (ages 13+) to build the Advanced Mindset and Leadership Skills needed to fulfill their potential.
The other night I was standing and watching my oldest son at his rec fall ball game and I was approached by a 15yr old ballplayer.
The young man (who often umpires my son’s games and is always courteous and playful with them) excitedly shared that he was pitching this week in his first Varsity game.
Whether he was just proud and wanting to share or was actually looking for advice - I went from Dad/Fan-mode to FULL OUT Performance Mindset Coach in a heartbeat, lol.
In moments like those - where I may only have a few minutes to give advice, direction, and steps that truly can impact someone’s performance right away…
There are 3 Simple "Mental Game Goals” that I give.
3 Goals I believe if done at an “8” or better (more on the numbers in a moment) - it’s impossible to perform poorly.
(*Keep in mind - Performance & Results are different. A Hitter can PERFORM well with three great swings and hit three line drives right at...
Hey - Jason here.
The journey of an Athlete is a roller-coaster!
ALL performers go through ups and downs - hot streaks and cold streaks.
But as a player climbs the ladder - it becomes more and more important to develop consistency.
(Great Coaches build line-ups on what they can TRUST they’re getting - not on HOPES based on possible potential)
Too many Athletes - allow the environment (outside influences) to dictate their thoughts, feelings, and actions - and thus their results that day.
Years ago - I referred to that as having an “Amateur Mindset.” (And trust me there are plenty of Professionals this day in age with it, too)
But for me - a “PRO MINDSET” - is one where the Athlete TAKES CHARGE of their own thoughts, feelings, and actions…
And intentionally aligns them with the outcomes and results they want (or what they need to do to make it happen).
For those with a PRO MINDSET - the weather, the quality of the field, a negative comment from a...
Recently I got to sit down and talk “screen to screen” with one of my absolute favorite BEASTS, softballer Riley Zana (headed to play ball at Coastal Carolina next year).
We were recording a new training session on “Advanced Strategies for Visualization” for the PLAY LIKE A BEAST 2.0 program but -
When I asked her about the famous glove on the face picture (I had been told she was visualizing), I got an even more impressive answer than I expected.
(Watch the video above to see her full answer)
I was beyond proud, and impressed - because I believe that even athletes that do visualize (especially middle to high school age) still don’t understand and take advantage of all it’s uses.
I tell the BEASTS that I work with that VISUALIZING is a lot like a STRENGTH Workout in the Gym.
A BALLPLAYER (and other sports, too) will spend 30, 40, sometimes even 60 minutes in the gym building up physical strength…
So that come game time - THEY PERFORM...
Many years ago - I was mentoring a 14yr old baseball player in Texas.
A talented kid - but struggling to consistently hit in games the way he did in practice.
I was new to Mindset and Peak Performance Coaching at the time - and had gone through all the relevant “BEAST” lessons that I had been taught by my Mental Performance Coach during my Career.
As I do with most problems that I haven’t found the solution to yet - I found myself up late one night looking through books and thinking of new ways to help the young man.
After finally calling it a night from “work” - I clicked on the television and began watching a documentary on Animal Planet.
The show that night was on the animals of the Serengeti in Africa - and not long into it, they began to talk about the lives of Cheetahs.
Now I love animal shows in general - but I became glued to the screen that night when I started noticing similar characteristics between a Cheetah in its hunt AND a Hitter (I...
This week on the PLAB blog - I wanted to share a reply to a question I was asked a little while back...
“Jason, what did you do during High School during the Off-Season?
Especially once you fully decided you wanted to play at the next level.”
I loved the question from my buddy Ian Gac, a former Pro teammate, and founder of Exploswing…
My answer to him - I wanted to share openly because I heavily believe more than just his organization needed to hear it.
“Hey Gac - so many young players say they 'want it' (to play at the next level)
and most THINK they’re working really really hard towards it.
They’ll look around and see they’re keeping up and doing what the other kids are doing.
* But nobody will rise to the top by doing what everybody else is doing. *
To be the top dog - they have to do more, do it better, and do it differently than the competition.
I could go on and on about the importance of off-season workouts - ...
I wanted to try something different this week on the PLAB Blog.
I do enjoy writing - but over the last few years, I've found that Athletes learn and apply faster when they actually hear what I have to say (and how I say it).
So I recorded an audio track of this week's Mindset Performance lesson (just push play above) -
The first half may be confusing at times (but that's intentional) - I teach in metaphors and loops to help Athletes engrain the lesson at a deeper unconscious level.
So take three minutes - and listen (or your Ballplayer) to the training lesson I created for ballplayers that are "too hard on themselves."
(And if you're not a "Ballplayer" - that's ok - just another metaphor and you'll be able to apply to your sport, too)
Until Next Time,
Aim High, Swing Hard, and LIVE THE DREAM!
- Jason Botts
Jason is an Advanced Mindset Trainer, Performance Strategist, and former Major League Baseball Player. When not playing catch or shooting hoops with...
Last PLAB Blog I wrote why a player should have NO PLAN B (read that blog here).
This week - I wanted to share the most important quality a ballplayer will need in that pursuit of "PLAN A."
And it’s not incredible bat speed, throwing velocity, foot speed, or perfect mechanics -
Skill and Talent are needed - but the deciding factor will be PERSEVERANCE.
Because nobody’s journey to their dreams will be an easy one.
There will be setbacks, obstacles, and challenges that arise - for EVERYBODY.
And in the game of Baseball/Softball - no amount of talent or skill - will be enough on their own.
Perseverance, Grit, Resiliency, Mental Toughness - whichever you prefer to call it - will be an absolute MUST to continue to move forward through the tough times.
And of all the Mental Strategies or Mindset Techniques, I’ve learned over the years to help build perseverance in Ballplayers -
NONE are more effective than having a Ballplayer know the exact...