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...
The other day I was talking with a parent of a 12yr old ballplayer -
She was sharing how many of his friends, even his teacher,
Had discouraged her son and the pursuit of his dreams of being a Major League Ballplayer someday.
Now - I know there are more than a million boys out there (and many girls for that matter) that dream of playing in the Major Leagues someday.
And yes - we all know the probability (Not even a percentage point ever will).
But - the advice I always give nonetheless - is GO FOR IT.
Turn your dreams into actual goals -
And charge after them with NO PLAN B.
Because - our DREAMS - anything truly WORTH achieving in this life…
WILL TAKE MORE THAN YOU’RE CAPABLE OF (at the moment).
In fact - I believe that’s the point of them.
It’s not the destination - not the titles, accolades or significance of being one of the few who achieved,
But - the purpose of our Giant Goals - is WHO WE BECOME in the pursuit.
I don’t believe in Plan...
When working with Ballplayers and the topic of Nerves comes up -
My favorite response is…
“The problem isn’t that a Ballplayer is nervous, the REAL problem is a Ballplayer thinking they shouldn’t be nervous.”
Because - I believe nerves are a GIFT!
As a Ballplayer, we should want them and should welcome them!
I believe the real problem with Nerves is when we try to understand them, fight or resist them, or focus too much on them (I’ll explain more below).
The first thing I want to address is that Nerves are a great sign for a Ballplayer—it means you’re alive and that you care.
(As a Mindset Coach I’d be far more concerned if an Athlete told me they weren’t ever nervous)
I know for myself, even in my 15th Professional season and at the age of 34yrs old - I still felt nerves in my stomach before every game!
And over the last few years working with so many Ballplayers on this topic, I’ve...
When a Hitter (or pitcher) is in a groove and playing their best -
They approach the next at-bat in full trust, full confidence - they feel a "KNOWING" that they will be successful.
Now - most Hitters wait until things go their way (get a hit or two) before they allow themselves to feel trust, confidence and approach their next at-bat with an expectancy of "knowing" they're going to do well.
In years past - I referred to this as part of an Amateur Mindset - one that allows the results or conditions to affect how the player thinks, feels and the actions they take.
A lot of the work I do now with Athletes is helping them step into a Pro Mindset (a BEAST) - one that takes charge of their own thoughts, feelings, and actions first - so they can go create the results they want in any environment.
Check out this short video clip from the Elite BEASTS Group Call - where I dive a little bit into HOW a Hitter can step into "KNOWING" before their next at-bat and also...
When I was a Young Ballplayer -
I had a coach pull me aside and say,
“Jason, little things are so important, I tend to believe there is no such thing, as a little thing.”
Like many things that we’re told as youngsters - that comment has stuck with me until this day.
And over the last 28yrs since then, 15 of them playing baseball Professionally and another 4.5 years working with Athletes all across the country -
I’ve seen AND experienced that LITTLE THINGS absolutely make a HUGE difference for Ballplayers.
There are "Little Things" that lead to greater performance.
There are "Little Things" that lead to a lot more fun and fulfillment playing ball.
There are "Little Things" that make you the type of player others WANT to play with.
And there are "Really Little Things" that still seem little - BUT TRUST ME - they make a huge difference to the first three mentioned above.
So, here are 20 questions - to see how Great you (or your...
During my 2007 season in Triple A—I was having a horrendous week hitting…
It was definitely the dreaded 5-letter word that ballplayers don’t like to utter out loud (ahem - slump).
So far that week had brought me one or two hits—keep in mind in Pro ball you’re playing every day and that's out of 30-35 at-bats.
Now, just like any scuffling hitter—my swing felt stiff and stuck—kind of like one of those old rickety lawn chairs you had to unfold back in the day.
And the more I tried to work on getting “my swing back”—the more frustrated I got and the uglier my hack was getting.
Until one morning—I was reading a book and it had a story about some happy Monk making ugly pancakes (I’ll explain that story some other time) -
And I jumped up off the couch declaring, “that's it!!”
So, I headed to the field early that day and grabbed the hitting coach and dragged him into the batting cages—explaining to...
Young Athletes listen up...
I imagine enough people have told you how hard you need to work to make your goals and dreams a reality...
But let me tell you some other things that will be just as important.
After working with hundreds of Athletes 1on1 between the levels of good and great...
There isn’t that much difference in their talent!!
I can tell you—whats far different is in their mindset, the clarity in what they want, the self-compassion for their mistakes...
AND perhaps most IMPORTANT in my opinion...
Their willingness to ask questions. A LOT OF QUESTIONS!!!
They have an understanding that THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW.
So they ask questions. Smart questions. Obvious questions. Confusing questions. Silly questions. Questions. Questions. Questions.
Because they want to learn learn learn.
So they grow into the best best best player they can be.
When I think of Athletes asking questions...
I think of this lady pictured, Ms....