How does a player get better? Lessons, the latest gear, move to a supposedly better team or organization? Those might be good ideas but the bulk of the answer comes from a player’s responsiblity to him or her self. In chapter 8 of the book “Mental Game of Baseball” the focus is on personal responsibility.
-Our responsibility begins with the willingness to acknowledge who we are and what we are and what we want to become. A player must realize what skills are good and need continued refinement to make the jump for the next season. Secondly, a player must look at the other parts of his game that need reconstruction: hitting to the opposite field, bunting, strength training, losing weight, building muscle or reading books about baseball to gain knowledge about the game to build overall awareness. Those are just a few examples.
-The Best performers seperate themselves from others by knowing it, accepting it AND liking it. A player must be confident in what he does and doesn’t know. Once a player accepts responsiblity for everything the growth as person and in this case baseball skills flourish. Taking responsibility for success and failures must be equal. To quote a former Mariner Bill Caudill ” My shoes aren’t so big that I can go out and, just because of who I am, get people out.” Showing up and playing of reputation is not a killer instinct.
1. Player is in control of his own fate
2. Player recognizes choices
3. Player learns from mistakes
4. Player feels in charge
5. Player feels enthusiastic, aware of personal power
6. Player “wants to, is free to, loves to” approach activity
7. Player feels he has caused his own success, which reinforces confidence in future successes.
1. Player controlled by luck, fate, or the breaks
2. Player doesn’t recognize available choices
3. Player doesn’t learn from mistakes
4. Player feels threatened
5. Player feels pressure, frustration, resentment
6. Player feels ” I have to, I should; I must” get things done or “Why bother?”
7. Player uses excuses as a defense against failure.
Some Common Reasons for Rejecting Responsibility
1. To immediately reduce or avoid the pain after a mistake or poor performance
2. To protect self image
3. To protect reputation
4. To get sympathy and/or attention (poor guy; it wasn’t all his fault)
5. To maintain a sense of superiority (I’m to good to make a mistake like that)
Everyone is imperfect, we’ve got to learn to live with our failures; to accept the fact that some of our attempts we make at success will be failures and successes. Understanding this concept will lead to personal responsiblilty and growth both on and off the field.