Whether you're a Hitter or a Pitcher (or an Athlete of a different sport) -
There is so much a Ballplayer can learn and model from the hunting style of a TIGER.
Tigers don't live in open valleys - they can't stalk and run down their target like Cheetahs.
Tigers don't live in groups - they can't work as a team to run down and trap prey like Lions.
Tigers are known as "ambush hunters" - they must stay calm, patient, and still -
Waiting for the right moment to leap and attack.
This week for the PLAY LIKE A BEAST Blog - I share a video clip from my Elite BEASTS Mentorship Call the other night -
Watch the video above - to see me share more about HOW Ballplayers can get the most out of their physical talent by playing like a Tiger.
Until Next Time,
Do the work, trust the process, stay humble -
And PLAY LIKE A BEAST!!
- Jason Botts
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The Words that we speak (and think) are powerful!!
However - it’s not the words themselves that are important BUT the pictures and movies they create in our head!
Because your brain loves images - and it uses them as the direction to where to navigate your body.
Too often - players have a positive intention with their words YET are giving themselves a negative command with the images they create (and leading themselves to more of what they don’t want).
Last week on the Elite BEASTS call - I shared a story of getting myself out of a slump in Triple-A (you can read that full story in a past blog here - the Happy Monk and the Ugly Pancake).
But on the video clip above -
I cover how positive self-talk (and an outcome focus) shifted my emotional state, relaxed my body, and allowed my best swing mechanics to return in a matter of minutes (after days of failing to “iron them out”).
Watch the video above and have a BEAST of a week -
Until next time,
Do the work,...
Imagine it's a Hitter's first at-bat and they're a little unsure -
"How good is this pitcher?"
"What might they throw?"
"Am I ready to hit?"
It's interesting how in those moments - Hitters will naturally simplify their approach.
When unsure or uncertain - often they lower their expectations of the at-bat and focus on the outcome of just "hit the ball."
And many times - with that simple approach they become more present on the pitch and take a more relaxed, shorter swing:
That leads to a missile of a hit!
Then often - overconfidence sets in.
"Wow - I wasn't even trying to hit it hard. I wonder what I'll do this next at-bat if I really try to crush it?!"
Their thoughts & approach change.
Their swing then changes.
And too often - comes an undesired result the next at-bat.
Last Elite BEASTS training call I spoke on becoming a MATURE HITTER -
One that's in charge of their emotions yet also STICKS TO WHAT WORKS.
After a Big Hit - a Mature Hitter doesn't try to hit the next one...
When I retired from my career and began to coach and speak on Mental Performance -
It surprised me how few Athletes that I talked to made Visualization a daily habit.
When I asked for the reasons why they didn’t - common responses included:
“I’m not exactly sure how.”
“I can’t see images clearly (or not at all).”
“It’s so hard to be still.”
Trust me - I get it. I’ve experienced each excuse at some point, too.
But that’s why early on - I decided to take charge at the end of each coaching call with a Visualization that I personally led the Athlete through.
I’d describe them through certain scenarios on the field or court - allowing them to clearly see and feel themselves performing successfully their next game or competition.
But - for those that have heard before from World-Class Athletes or perhaps have read in books how impactful and important visualization is to peak...
This week with the PLAY LIKE A BEAST blog I have a message for those early in their seasons (or soon to be) -
Don’t compare yourself today to last year’s highlight reel.
When Ballplayers and other Athletes come off of “great” seasons -
Too often a year later they only remember the games where everything was clicking.
And they forget about the “bad” games or the “blah/average” days.
It’s great to have high expectations (I actually prefer to teach high standards - there’s a difference if you ponder on it) because it aids as a clear target and provides motivational energy -
However, if you’re constantly comparing yourself to “where you think you should be” it can easily lead to frustration, discouragement and not trusting the process -
Which can halt your momentum and development.
This week on the Elite BEASTS call - I asked: “what’s the least (in terms of performance/improvement) you’d be...
Great Hitting is a process - it's a step by step procedure.
And a Hitter must know the steps (and the order) that make them successful in the batter's box so they can develop consistency and play to their full potential throughout a season.
Too often, when Hitters reach a new level and immediate success doesn't follow - they search for quick fixes and make too many changes (and abandon what got them there in the first place).
In this week's blog, I share a video clip from the HIT LIKE A BEAST Online course -
It includes a short story of own career - and a very important lesson on "why hitting should feel boring" that I wished I had learned earlier.
Until Next Time,
Do the work, trust the process, and stay hungry...
LIKE A BEAST!
- Jason Botts
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Have you ever had a "good" game - but felt really frustrated and discouraged that it still wasn't good enough?
High expectations are important for Ballplayers (and other Athletes) - it can serve as a detailed target/goal and increase their motivation.
However, high expectations are a double-edged sword and come with just as much negative impact that can destroy an Athlete's progress, performances and motivation if they are not careful.
This week for the PLAY LIKE A BEAST Blog - I wanted to share a video clip from one of my training lessons in my Mentorship Group (the Elite BEASTS).
Several lessons are actually intertwined in the video above - including breaking out of slumps, taking performance to new levels, and how to avoid the negative pitfalls of high expectations (and the solution).
So enjoy and until next time -
Do the work, trust the process, and stay humble.
- Jason Botts
Jason is a highly trained Peak Performance Strategist and Life Mentor to...
I’m 100% certain my “Baseball Career” could have gone one of two directions -
And the path that I chose that would lead me eventually to a 15yr professional career came one night when I was a sophomore in high school.
Perhaps the biggest misconception I find with most Ballplayer’s understanding of the Mental Game -
Is that the importance of strengthening their Mindset is not solely to feel more confident in big situations,
Or to stay “mentally tough” during the challenges and adversities that will inevitably come during their journey -
But the missing piece that I’d like to see more player’s doing - is getting intentional with their thoughts and channeling their focus during their practices and strength/conditioning workouts.
The quality of a Ballplayer’s work ethic - will become the quality of their game results.
I’ll write that again so you know it’s important…
The quality of a...
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 -...