Affirmation: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” -Henry Ford
High school baseball is as much a mental game as a physical one. The pressure players feel stepping up to the plate can be overwhelming. As the boys age, the pitches get faster and the stakes get higher. Girls come to watch the boys play. Parents look to get a return on their investment of time and money. Coaches and scouts analyze the talent.
The worst thing for my stepson is to face a curve-ball throwing left-handed pitcher. It’s not that he can’t hit a curve ball. And it’s not that he can’t hit off of a left-handed pitcher. It’s that, in his mind, he can’t hit a curve ball off a left-handed pitcher. And you know what? He’s right! It has nothing to do with mechanics, skill or physical limitation. He’s right because of his thoughts. He’s right because he believes he’s right.
In coaching, I spend time uncovering peoples’ limiting beliefs. Beliefs that hold people back. Do you think you won’t get a good job? You’re right! Do you think you’ll never find love again? You’re right! Do you think you won’t get a promotion? You’re right! Whatever you think is true. The universe has a way of listening to you. Be careful what you think.
So far, I have been unsuccessful at changing my stepson’s thoughts. No matter how much I challenge him to change his thoughts, he won’t listen. Part of the problem is that he’s a teenage boy. The other part of the problem is that he thinks that changing his thoughts won’t make a difference. You know what? He’s right! But what do you think?
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