A good life like a winning baseball game is the result of being alert, planning, and great execution.
Dorfman and Kuehl write about how to be a better baseball player. What they teach the reader can apply to being a better person in the game of life.
Your Building Blocks to Confidence
- Self-evaluation: What do I have to learn and improve?
- Goals: Fundamentals converted to functional goals.
- Preparation: Conscientious, positive, effective work at the task or activity.
- Persistence: Continued commitment to achievement that builds confidence.
What a proper goal does:
- Encourages performance
- Is measurable and adjustable
- Can be a daily and long range goal.
- Encourages hard work and rewards efforts.
- Converts easily to a mental picture of how to win the goal.
Types of goals
- Process goal – step necessary to win: directly focus on that goal and control that micro-situation
- Focus and control – focus on specific performance and behavior, including body actions – hit the breaking pitch better.
- Self improvement – focus on fundamentals and judge success by own specific goals and actions.
Positive Practices in Your Life
- Think about what you are thinking and imagining , and consider what you say and visualize about yourself will determine your behavior and performance.
- Speak to yourself as “I have decided” “I chose to” in place of “I have to”, “I must”
- When something is not working, ask “What can I learn from this?”
- Be aware of your excuses and ask why you need them; practice catching justifications, explanations, blame and work on eliminating them.
- Practice taking risks and accepting consequences; watch how good and bad models deal with personal responsibility.
- Define what you can and cannot control, and act accordingly.
- Examine and judge yourself honestly: Tom Seaver: “I am my own kangaroo court, I am my own judge and jury.”
- Accept that the root of your behavior lies in your choices, and claiming to make no choice (not taking responsibility) is a choice, the wrong one.