Champion Mindset

FFL 32 | Champion Mindset

In this episode Coach Jason discusses the Champion Mindset for peak performance on and off the field. The show also deals with other topics and coaching situations from Jason’s private and team clients. Also includes Game Ready Visualization at the end of the podcast.

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Champion Mindset


I’m very excited to be back with you this week. Last week, I took a little break. Little storm came through my neck of the woods, Hurricane Irma, so me and the boys and their mother, we all evacuated out to Fort Worth, Texas, our home away from home, where we spent so many years through off-seasons and a couple of years after retiring. We went back there, got to see family and friends. I did a whole bunch of meeting up and a lot of sessions with athletes that I coach now over the phone or over a FaceTime and Zoom. Some of teams that I’ve flown back and have worked with in person. I got to make the rounds during this trip so it was a very, very productive week and portion of that, a storm hit the other side of the state. It changed its course and we were very fortunate, not too much damage other than some wind stuff. It always feels weird to say fortunately or that we were blessed when so many others weren’t as fortunate. They had more damage, if you look at Hurricane Harvey and just the absolute destruction, thoughts and prayers over there. I hope they continue to rebuild and recover from such nasty, nasty thing that happened.

On a more positive, more upbeat note to get it back, I’m excited to bring you another solo podcast. I’m actually laying down an interview. He and I were supposed to do it the day before I think I left to go to Texas. He was actually a Tampa native so we were both like, “Let’s just cancel this. Let’s get out of Dodge with our families and we’ll come back.” I’m excited to bring you that podcast, that episode, that interview with a former Major Leaguer and a guy who’s doing some great things in the game as well and just some brilliant, brilliant insights are going to come from this interview. I can’t wait to lay down, record it and bring it back to you guys.

We’ll talk a little bit more about this last week that I went through when I was out there in Fort Worth, in the Dallas area. It was great to see a lot of players that I’ve been working with now for it seems like more than two years. I know the high school team, so many of them, they were out playing their Travel Ball but great situation where there are six, seven players from the high school team that I work with. They’re on all in one Travel Ball team. I had to see them have an intersquad scrimmage against another travel team from the same organization. I’ve got to watch two of them actually go out and play in this big basketball tournament as well. It’s great to see the ideas and the principles of Peak State, the BE A BEAST system, RESPA and hear them talk about ENROC and all the other animals as well and seeing how they’re growing, involving.

Something that really tickled me was talking to that high school coach. Bumped into her at the Travel Softball scrimmage and just getting her feedback. Hearing about how the principles have evolved within the system, within the players, within the team over the last two years and just hearing how the older ones now, the girls who are juniors, seniors and they’re able to pass it on and teach the incoming class. My first question, “Did I coach myself out of a job?” “No.” We’re definitely coming back in. We’re going to recondition, retrain again in the BE A BEAST system. I’ve told her I’ll bring a whole bunch of new things. There are plenty of things that we can talk about. Things have been growing. Things have been progressing on my end too and just constantly trying to retool myself, take new trainings, do seminars, read new books, dive heavily into the mind and human psychology so we can train and condition these players that are coming out to be better than anything their sport has ever seen, more consistent, more productive.

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Champion Mindset: They’re able to take these mental concepts, these principles and have the ability to act even when fear is striking.

As you know me and my story, most importantly that these youth, that these young players, these athletes, that they’re able to take these mental concepts, these principles and have the ability to act even when fear is striking and the ability to step up with courage, to get the job done even outside those white lines. You know me, that’s the most important area, the most important thing that I want to give these players, “Here are these tools. Let’s develop them on the ball field or on the court but when we grow up, as time goes along, however long our careers in that sport last, what’s going to happen most importantly, when we really need these principles to come in our personal life, let’s be prepared for that.” I’m beginning to see that more and more in here, greater, greater things on the feedback and so I’m very, very excited.

What I had in store for this episode, since it took me a little while to get the next interview set up but I wanted to have a hodgepodge, what we used to call them picnic lunch. Just a few different things that I have come across for the last couple of weeks. Something that have gone down in one-on-one sessions with the teams that I have been speaking with, working with and just bringing attention with everybody. I think we have so much to learn from other people’s questions, from other people’s situations. The real beauty of it is sometimes it doesn’t have to be 100% exactly the same. The situation doesn’t have to be the same. Our situation could be 50%, it could be 75% different but the shed of truth is something that I might say or something that they said or experienced in their story that might hit home and that will be able to help us in our current situation and current challenge that we maybe going through. Or just something that’s going to trigger us to just unlock something from inside of us to help us take our game to the next level as well. I’ve got a few topics in mind and no better time than right now. Without any further ado, let’s get started on these ideas.

The first one that comes right off the bat or at the top of my head, I’ve been thinking about this last week when I was in Texas, and really the work that I do in general. You’ll hear that phrase that I love to say coming from one of my mentors that, “Champions are champions before they become champions.” I remember the first time that he told me that, I just said, “Wow.” It took me a second. The big guy had to think of, “What the heck he was talking about?” The more that I use that phrase, the more that I see it in the players that are truly successful, they all have this belief. They have this sense of self-image and identity before they’ve actually achieved it. They see, they feel themselves being at that next level or becoming All-District type player. They see themselves becoming that champion, winning it all well before it happens. When they have that self-image, that vision, when you go back on past podcast, you can hear me talk about how important vision is. This picture, these images that we have in our heads were always moving towards them.

Unfortunately today, so many people have these pictures in their heads of things that they don’t want to happen, bad things, negative things where they’re moving towards that as well. If you’re holding it in your head, you are moving towards it. It’s very far between that I find people who have this detailed vision. At the very least, writing it down and really taking the time to, “What do I want? What type of player do I want to become? What do I want to do with my life? What are my goals? What is it going to take for me to be able to do that, to accomplish it, to become that person? What are my thoughts? What are the thinking patterns? What are my beliefs going to be, my values? How am I going to see myself? How do I need to see myself to become this person who can achieve those types of things or going to have those types of capabilities?” I think it’s one of the things that when I work with new clients, it doesn’t matter their age. They can be at the professional level. They can be at the high school level. I’ve worked with few even younger than that.

I can tell you, I can point right to the fingers the first conversation I had with each one, who are the best players and who are going to go on to achieve the most things because they had the ability even at early age. I think a fourteen-year old who was able to so easily articulate the type of high school player she wanted to be, what type of college she wanted to go to, what she’s going to do at that college, and the dreams that she had past college, coming from a fourteen-year old. She’s as successful as any other client that I’ve worked with. She just keeps nailing down goals because she has this vision that she’s constantly moving towards. She is that champion. If you talk to her now, she’s sixteen years old, I’m sure in her mind, she sees and can feel and owns that she’s going to go and be successful from day one at college. That she’s going to go on and do other amazing things. She’s already walking in those champion shoes.

It’s like this idea you’ve heard on past episodes where I talk about fake it until you make it or act as if. Those are our techniques when we don’t fully feel we become that person yet, so we fake it until we make it. It works just as well. Once you really get into that energy, you really adopt that this is who you are and the rest of the world is just playing catch-up. That you’re going to be this extremely successful hitter, pitcher at whatever level, whatever league. You’ve got to see it, you’ve got to feel it and you’ve got to own it well before the results ever happen. When we start breaking down the four steps to a peak state performance, those four steps that I’ve been going around teaching, and doing the one-on-one lessons. Number two is have a sense of certainty. I think the people on the podcast that I’ve interviewed, I remember my own experiences and other people, their teammates, the way they spoke about things, I always ask them, “Before your best moments, didn’t you just know it was all going to work out that you’re going to come through it, you had it right then and there, you’re going to get that job done?”

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Champion Mindset: Champions are champions before they become champions.

That sense of certainty and that to me, that feeling of certainty is the same thing I’m talking about that champions are champions before they become champions. They’re able to spend more of their time in that sense of certainty. That everything is going to work out. That this vision is going to come true. That if they keep following the path that they’re on, keep putting in the work, focusing on the process that they are certain, they will become this champion, that they already know that they are in their heart. That’s my first reminder. Use different tools and resources that I talked about. Whether it’s you affirming this to yourself out loud, looking into mirror. Remember Shane Austin, one of our professional quarterback guests on the show and how even at the high school level, he was affirming his goals and affirming the type of player that he wanted to be. “Go on to play Division I football,” and break his high school touchdown records. “Go on and be a professional quarterback.” He spoke these things out loud every single day when he was in high school. He had them posted up right by his door. When he walked out of his bedroom every day, he would see them, stop himself, and then rehearse them and drive them deeper, deeper into the back of his mind, into his body. When situations would arrive, this is how he reacted, he was already that person.

Other tools that you can go use, the peak state circle, whatever you’ve named it yourself. Step into it, get in that feeling of acting as if or fake until you make it, whatever you need to. Just step into; see, feel and own being that champion and your life even before it happens. Those are the tools or some techniques. Definitely, take the time if you’ve never done it. Write down everything what you want to move towards in your life. Create that vision. That’s something that’s going to be in the back of your mind as well. Every thought, every feeling, every behavior that comes from you and you feel it’s a reaction, really it’s coming because of that map that you’ve created in the back of your mind already. Take the time. Make that detailed map the way you want it to be and don’t just live on circumstances, on chance alone.

The next one I’m really excited about because with my background spinning as long as I did being a professional athlete and after retiring really diving into the world of mental performance, of peak performance, studying sports psychology, but being trained in some very specific and unique methodologies for helping people be their very best, and methodologies that haven’t really found their way to mainstream athletics in the United States of America. There are some examples overseas but as far as USA, Major League sports, Major League baseball, I never, ever came across it before, during my career and have found very, very few instances. One of them, it’s the type of people who are masters at this art, relatability to go into a professional clubhouse, locker room. You need to have instant respect. You need to be able to relate. You need just to bridge that gap as quickly as possible. One of my life visions and goals is to be able to do just that with this unbelievable technology and bring it in.

One of the things that is just totally unique is the way to break down the structure of experience, to break down the structure of a peak performance, a structure that things that the great hitters do compared to the hitters who aren’t getting the results that they want. What I’m beginning to find is that there is a definite structure to make it easier to understand. Let’s call it a pattern. There is a pattern to success when it comes to being an athlete. That’s what the four steps are based around. Generalization of these four steps is pattern that all these athletes go through. Everyone varies a little bit here and there, but what I have found really, really interesting is once you understand this pattern, then you can start breaking down the things that you’re not very good at yet. The first time it’s really popped up clearly in my mind, I think it was a couple of months when I was out doing lessons in California teaching the four steps. I had this great young hitter, seventeen-year-old, smooth, great looking left-handed swing. Very early on we’re talking about a few things and then I asked him, “What is your physical, mental routine when you’re about to dig in the batter’s box?” He just looks at me. He gets into state and he walks through it, explains it while he was doing it and he goes, “I take a breath when I get in the box. I think about some of my best hits I’ve ever had. I get to feeling good. I make a picture of what I need to do on this pitch. Do I need to go bunt down, hit and run or am I going to try and drive the ball in the gap? I just tell myself, “Get a good pitch to hit, do this. He’s going to step back.”

Keep in mind though this is fifteen minutes into a one hour lesson. I just stepped back and just go, “That’s what I had planned to teach you today. I guess on the fly, I have to come up with something for the next 45 minutes.” This is what we all do when we’re at our very best is follow a very similar structure. He already could articulate it. He was something and I just stood back and I go, “You’re a really great hitter, aren’t you?” He was, “Yeah, I do pretty well.” I’m like, “What’s the part of the game that’s struggling? What’s not as good as your hitting?” He goes, “My defense, playing second base or shortstop.” “Describe to me what your mental and physical routine for getting ready for each pitches on defense.” Stumped, he mentioned, “Sometimes I do this. Sometimes I do that. I physically tap my gloves. Sometimes I like to step with this foot. Sometimes I like to hop into it.” I’m like, “What about the mental side? You articulate everything so well when it came to what you do mentally before the pitch. What do you do mentally on defense?” He couldn’t go through the same steps. He wasn’t consistent. He admitted that there were different things that he would do.

The worst part was the inability to let things go. We’ve all been there. You make a mistake on defense or maybe you strike out and you take it down on defense. You just kept thinking about it. You’re no longer present on this pitch. Focus on the job that you need to do but you’re thinking about something that happened in the past or maybe you’re thinking about it in the future. I know I’ve been guilty once or twice. You’re staying out there on defense and you see another guy warming up in the bullpen and you’re leading off. That’s always the worse because it takes time to get your gear together, to get your gloves on, to get your helmet on, to get your bat ready, and you don’t have any chance to watch him warm up on the mound with those pitches right before they throw it out in the second base. You won’t even be sure on what pitches exactly he does have, so you’re scoping out the bullpen between pitches, “He’s got a curveball, slider,” whatever it is. “It looks like his ball was sinking a little bit.” You’re completely distracted. You’re not in the present when you’re playing defense.

We went through step by step of his routine and there was basically a lack of a routine, an inconsistent one to say the least. What we did was we went through those four steps and taught him, “Everything that you do is such a great job when you’re about to hit. You relax your body. Just picture all these things. You did great and you feel great about yourself. You feel certain. Then you make these images movie of doing what you want to happen, getting the job done and you have this key trigger, this key phrase that locks your focus in to this present moment.” How do we extract that? How do we design something a little bit different but along those same lines being on defense? There’s a pattern to us being our very best and we need to, as long as possible, develop the awareness of the things that we are doing, thinking, picturing in our minds when things are going great. We need to be able to write them down, extract them out somehow so we can duplicate them more often. Don’t leave things to chance.

This last week in Texas, same thing happened; a much younger softball player, only twelve years old. We put her on the tee because I was in the cages doing the lessons. I was like, “I know she’s a good pitcher but let’s work on her hitting.” “We need to improve our hitting,” is what I was told. We’re going through the four steps, teaching the four steps. With our first lesson with each other, she wanted to show off her pitching. I sat on the bucket, grab a glove, and this different state, this different child, this different kid, this different athlete all of a sudden steps into state and look like a totally different person. We broke down then what she does on her mental routine as pitching and she did everything. We were trying to train her to do it from an offensive standpoint, she already did it. That was why she’s so much more successful pitching than she was at hitting. It’s got me to buy in more and more.

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Champion Mindset: Maybe it’s just that mental structure that’s only missing from other aspects of our game.

Sometimes we think we’re more naturally talented, we’re more naturally gifted at being a hitter as opposed to being a defender or vice versa or maybe we’re naturally more talented for pitching. Maybe somehow, we’re able to adopt the right mental structure, the right mental techniques that have allowed us to utilize our physical gifts to their potential or close to their potential. Maybe it’s just that mental structure that’s only missing from other aspects of our game. All of a sudden, we get that right structure, the right mental steps. Put ourselves in the right state with the right focus. Maybe that will shift. Also now we had these other natural gifts that no one gave us credit or we never believe we had either. The second thing I want to bring was there is a structure to performance. There is a structure to success, become aware. You’re not getting the results in one area. Don’t think it’s just because you’re not good enough or you don’t have the talent. Go step by step. See what you do when you’re at your best in one area and see how you can model it. We always talk about modeling on the show. I’m usually talking about modeling guys or gals that are far ahead of you in their careers. We can model what we do as well. Model what you do when you’re at your very best.

That leads me to the next one. The double bind is what I like to call it. Think of it also as like the catch-22. Maybe that’s a phrase you’re more used to hearing; the no-win situation. To give you an example, in so many athletes, I know as a former athlete during my career, I used to do this one all the time to myself and it’s just a pattern of thinking. I know when I went into retirement, I was doing it again and it’s something that I have had to work on to redefine what is success, what are the results that I’m looking for, what’s acceptable. I’ve had to redefine how I perceive things so that they serve me, so that they support me to build as much momentum towards these visions, towards the goals that I want to achieve. I want to build everything so that it serves us. Too often, people do this in every walk of life. It’s not just athletes but I see it all the time with athletes, especially the ones that I work with.

To give you an example of a double bind is, I remember specifically having one young softballer, fifteen years old. She’s playing in these big tournaments over the summer trying to get recruited, maybe catch eye of a college coach and get that commitment nice and early, get it out of the way. She goes to these tournaments and I go, “How did you perform? How did it go?” “Good.” I’m like, “What does that mean? How many at-bats did you get? How many hits did you get? Walks? Give me the stat line a little bit. I know those are misleading sometimes but we’ll cover it all.” “I went 3 for 9, 4 for 9.” “That’s pretty good. That’s average.” Too many times, when we meet the expectations that we set for ourselves, what does that mean? “I expected to do that. I put all this work, all this hard work. I’m supposed to be that good. I’m supposed to do that. 3 for 9, 4 for 9, that’s my average. I’m supposed to do that.” Then what happens? I asked her, “If you were to win 0 for 9, you would have beat yourself up of that.” Because this is what athletes do; when we fall below our expectations, we beat ourselves up, “I’m not good enough. I didn’t work hard enough. I didn’t do this. I didn’t do that.” Again, we don’t give ourselves any credit. We beat ourselves up.

I asked her, “What would have been an outstanding result from this tournament?” She’s like, “If I would have gotten 7 for 9.” I’m like, “Have you gone 7 for 9 in a tournament?” “Yeah, a couple of times.” “A couple of times over the last several years is the only time that you felt you’ve ever done great and outstanding. It’s the only time that you’ve ever given yourself credit for doing a great job.” I can tell you over the last couple of years of this work that I’ve done, my own experiences in athletics that the more credit you can give yourself, the more confidence and momentum that will build. That momentum will go through times that are trying, that are challenging. It will keep you above water, using that metaphor, but it will take you to another level. The more momentum that builds, your confidence will continue to rise higher. You’ll be able to play more often at a higher level, greater consistency. You’re going to get even better results on top of that.

The name of the game is giving ourselves credit and not just dropping the standards. We don’t want to just lower our expectations but when we do good, we want to give ourselves credit. Good is great. When you’re able to hit the average, that is phenomenal. In professional baseball, I think guys who are 300, 330 hitters when they go 1 for 4, that’s a great day. I’m telling you I’ve been around enough with those guys. You go and get one hit, you do 1 for 4, 1 for 4, 1 for 4, day after day. Even if you’re 320 hitter, your average doesn’t drop that fast. Now at a professional level, you have a lot of at-bats. Those are great days at professional level. It could be the same approach, the same mentality even at an amateur level when you’re not playing as many games. When you have 1 for 4 game today, great job. Let’s come back the next game and get a couple more hits.

What we want to do is we want to make these rules where we can win the game, so that we give ourselves much credit as possible. Don’t put yourself in this double bind where, “If I do a great job, if I do a good job then that’s what I’m supposed to do and if I fail or if I don’t get the job done the way I expected it to then I’m going to beat myself up.” It’s a no-win game. You’re going to drive yourself mad. That’s what I see more and more with these young athletes is just constantly beating themselves up. Constantly not meeting these expectations of being perfect every single time or whatever it is, but we’ve got to develop realistic, achievable, appropriate levels of performance. I always strongly suggest to do it around average. When you play at an average level, that is a great day. Don’t think you need to be outstanding or so perfect. Perfect is a terrible standard anyway. You know you can’t be perfect so why do we even bother setting goal. It’s really just a way to want to beat yourself up more. People get used to it. We get in the habit of beating ourselves up. We think somehow it’s extra motivation. With the experience that I have and the work that I do now as mental performance coach, it doesn’t help you. Might as well grow up and drop it now.

Let’s go ahead and cover one final topic. If you’ve listened to every podcast, then you probably heard me preach this one enough times and know how to recite it yourself. How you handle failure ultimately is going to determine your level of success. This ties a little bit to that previous topic we covered, but we go even further in depth, thinking with one of the seventeen-year-olds I worked with this last week. We’re new in our relationship. This is the first month. After two or three calls, we talked about different things but usually about the third or fourth call, I always cover this, the principle of OH WELL, and taking away finding the wins, the victories, at least the positives from any failure, adversity, setback. I tell the stories of Jose Canseco. More and more young kids do not know who Jose Canseco is. He was the guy who was a 1988 American League MVP, first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a season. Quite the feat. It’s only been done a couple more times since. When you look at his career, he was this huge, monstrous physical, unbelievable athlete and admitted that there were some performance enhancers as part of his journey in his story. I think he’s such a great example of the power of what can be done with the power of the mind and some of these mental principles that we talked about.

Here’s a man who had an identical twin brother who also played professionally, who also reached the Major Leagues. I believe he either didn’t hit a home run or hit one home run at the Major League level. Here’s his brother Jose, he had 460 plus home runs. Here are two guys who had the same exact genetic structure. The same access if they trained and worked just as hard as each other they would develop and grow their bodies the same way with the same skills, the same athleticism. From the stories I heard, I remember being eighteen, nineteen and getting the story told to me from older scouts. They said the same genes, the same genetics, the same athletic ability they had early on in their careers but the difference between the two was that Jose could handle failure. He could make the outs and come back the next day and expect to do well or at least show up, be positive, be ready to go. While his brother, he would dwell on it. He would wear them down mentally, physically, emotionally. He wouldn’t come back as recovered or wouldn’t come back as motivated, wouldn’t work as hard, wouldn’t just be in as good of a mood to play. We should know by now that if you feel great, if you’re happy, you’re confident, you’re joyful, you’re going to play better than if you’re frustrated, overwhelmed, sad, angry.

Here’s a great illustration of it doesn’t matter your physical ability. Here’s two people with the same exact genetics but one handle failure, one didn’t. One went on to big, monstrous numbers, 400 plus home runs and the other one, a cup of coffee in the Major Leagues. From reading the books and the stories, you can’t blame and utilize what was being put in their bios because they were they were on the same prescription, throw that one out the window. Part of this idea talking about adversity, talking about failure, I see this with the young players that are coming up as well, these new ideas, these new concepts. People are so worried about burnout with these young players. I do think there is so much to be said that one sport playing at year round, you’re not going to develop the same motor skills and speed development. It’s like training a muscle when you go to gym. Everyone knows you need to do different exercises. You need to change up your routine. That’s how you stimulate growth, strength and speed in your body. There’s something to be said for that same principle by people playing one sport year round, not stimulating. Especially the young kids, they’re not stimulating as many muscles, so really they’re actually slowing themselves down physically. When we talk about burnout, I don’t think burnout is just always from playing too much baseball. I don’t think you can play too much baseball especially if you love it.

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Champion Mindset: Burnout comes from the inability to handle adversity.

What I’ve seen from former teammates, what I’ve seen as a coach in the job that I do now is that burnout comes from the inability to handle adversity. The players today that they’re playing in competitive baseball leagues non-stop and they’re not getting beat up by the bigger, older, stronger kids. They’re not learning how to overcome that. When they’re not playing on a team, you change teams, you change coaches. If you’re not hitting, you change hitting instructors. Less and less we are not allowing our youth to battle through trying times. We try to find some other way for them to play, have fun and enjoy. I know playing and having fun, that’s a high value for a lot of people especially for a lot of parents. Playing to have fun, the sole purpose of that is for kids who are five, six, seven, eight years old. That’s when they play to have fun. When they get a little bit older, then we’re trying to build them social skills; the ability to work as a team, to develop leaders, to handle this type of self called adversity so that it transitions into other areas of their life as well. If they get above fourteen then I think playing the game, winning the game, developing specific performance baseball related skills and the chance that they maybe college players and maybe professional players, then that becomes a huge focus as well.

At some point, we’ve got to do a better job of developing this ability to handle adversity, to develop resiliency because I know some people quit and they think it’s burnout. I’ve seen guys at the professional level. I can think of two at the top of my head. At fifteen years old, Major League, rated the best players in the country at fifteen, only sophomores in high school, never came up to a challenge or a level that they couldn’t conquer to be the very best player in the league. They get it to the professional level and now they’re not. In those cases, they stalled. They stopped working as hard. They had some injuries, whatever it was. Once failure really hit them hard, it was just a crazy two years and they were out. They quit. You don’t retire after two years of professional baseball, you quit. I tell you those two seasons where the first time they ever struggled with adversity. These were top 20 picks in the country, in the draft. Two years, they were gone. They weren’t burned out. It was the first that time they had their butts handed to them. How you handle failure ultimately is going to determine your level of success. Don’t be so shy to run away from it and don’t be so quick to pull your kid away from it either. Hang in there. Teach them that resiliency, that overcoming adversity. Teach them how to find the little positives, the little wins in any failure, any loss. Those are my hodgepodge of topics that I wanted to cover. I hope you enjoy them.

Let’s go ahead and do a game ready. You sit down, find a comfortable place either now or later on. Remember this is one of the ways that we can build and improve on all things that we’ve already talked about. If you want to create that vision, you need to picture it. If you want to see yourself overcoming challenges, you need to picture it. It will help you. It will tell your brain, “I’ve already done this. I’ve already overcome these challenges before.” That’s the beauty and the power of visualization. If you want to see how to respond differently to new rules about your performance, you need to picture it, visualize it, make a movie of it in your mind. We can do any one of those going forward here. Of course, see yourself as that champion before you become that champion. Think of the outcome. Maybe choose one of those four that we talked about today. Take a moment now. You can pause. Think about one of those four and we can just focus on that one here for today’s game ready. Have that outcome and think of maybe even three intentions. Who do you need to be? What do you need to do in order to hit that outcome? How must it go down? What do you need to focus on?

If you got those intentions said, go ahead and get grounded in the power of gratitude. Gratitude is the antidote. It is the answer to any negative emotion. You cannot be grateful and scared at the same time. You can’t be grateful and overwhelmed. You can’t be grateful and angry or unhappy anytime you put yourself grounded in the power of gratitude, only more it will find you. Think of that thing, that person, that memory, that moment that makes you feel grateful. Step into it, see it, hear it, feel it now. From this place, close your eyes if they’re not already and see your gate. When you have this gate, you’re the designer of the gate. It can look anyway you want it to when you have to walk through it. Come into this beautiful place of nature. How beautiful is it? See the little details where you can see, hear some new sounds, birds, wind, whatever it is. Maybe notice something that you can touch or walk around. Feel the ground beneath your feet or maybe it’s the feeling of peace, feeling of calmness, feeling of confidence. Maybe you notice now it’s growing stronger within you and then go ahead and see a second gate.

When you see your second gate, go ahead and walk through it as on today’s feel, today’s life, the office, the court, wherever you need to perform full force today. See the environment but first watch you, like you’re watching on TV and focus on one of these outcomes. How do you need to be? Who do you need to be? What do you need to do in order to be that champion, to handle the adversity better, to recognize them on patterns, to know structure of your success? What do you know you do so great in one area and if you follow those same mental steps in another area, it will just take that skill through the roof? See it all the way that you want it to be. See the adversity. See yourself overcoming it. Being a champion is all about overcoming adversity. See everything go down. See yourself rise above it all like in Rock Eagle. Rise above your problems, your challenges.

That being said, now go ahead walk up to this future you, this champion you, who handles adversity, who knows the structure of their success. Step into their shoes and replay it all or see it more in looking at your own eyes so now you feel what it feels like to be this person. Just ask yourself, how great does it feel? What do you think about yourself as this person? What are your beliefs? What can you do? What do you no longer do? Who are you? Who are you not now? “I am not the person that does this.” That’s right. Go ahead and finish up. Make one more play. See yourself in one more angle whatever it is. Come out that gate and just feel the sense of pride from going out there and being your very best today. Now you see, you come up to this little stream with clear water on top and you just see your reflection and just see that smile on your face. See and feel what it is. Just see what you look like when you feel this level of pride in yourself, this level of peace, this level of confidence whatever it is. See what you look like when you feel this way, you feel your very best, you perform your very best. Go ahead, standing tall, feeling strong. With that head up, shoulders, back, go ahead and walk out that last gate and you can open your eyes because you are game ready.

It was an honor to share with you today. Any questions, any comments, criticisms, sarcastic remarks, I can handle it all here. I have plenty of horrible, horrible things yelling me from the stands. Any of those things, go ahead. You can email me at Find me on Facebook, Instagram, even Twitter now. Until then, aim high, swing hard, smile often.


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