You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
I’ve leanred that your mind can amaze your body, if you just keep telling yourself, I can do it…I can do it…I can do it.
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.
The person I fear most in the last two rounds is myself.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Sir Edmund Hillary
Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.
If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.
Visualize the thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it, make your mental blueprint and begin.
Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.
Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind.
My motto was to always keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe you can play a shot instead of wondering where your next bad shot is coming from.
I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.
Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.
If you have fun, it changes all the pressure into pleasure.
Ken Griffey, R
Slowing it all down and analyzing our mental approach is a surprisingly effective way of becoming a better player.
Extraordinary performances come out of a process of continuous, regular physical and mental practice. The mindset of an extraordinary athlete is relaxed but focused and open to even higher achievements.
Chungliang Al Huang
I wish I could say someone taught me my mental toughness, it would have been a lot less painful.
You have to train your mind like you train your body.
The mind messes up more shots than the body.
The whole idea is to get an edge. Sometimes it takes just a little extra something to get that edge, but you have to have it.
The most important part of a player’s body is above his shoulders.
The most important attribute a player must have is mental toughness.
Mentally I try to stay at a medium level, not too high or too low.
What has benefited me the most is learning I can’t control what happens outside of my pitching.
I worked very hard. I felt I could play the game. The only thing that could stop me was myself.
This ability to conquer oneself is no doubt the most precious of all things sports bestow.
It’s important to look at yourself and identify your gremlins. In sports, as in life, the first step to success is getting out of our own way.
Really, it comes down to your philosophy. Do you want to play it safe and be good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?
The bottom line is, you can’t be afraid to fail.
The greatest efforts in sports come when the mind is as still as a glass lake.
You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy…
For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.
Once you’re beat mentally, you might was well not even go to the starting line.
An athlete must believe they can and will make every shot. Stop every opponent. That’s not always going to happen. That doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they believe they can. Believing in themself is never wrong.
Dr. Pete Temple
Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little. Choking is about loss of instinct. Panic is reversion to instinct. They may look the same, but they are worlds apart.
Every great player has learned the two Cs: how to concentrate and how to maintain composure.
Once you’re physically capable of winning a gold medal, the rest is 90 percent mental.
If you aren’t playing well, the game isn’t as much fun. When that happens, I tell myself just to go out and play the game as I did when I was a kid.
The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.