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Are you watching the Olympics?
You don’t have to watch too many events before you hear a commentator talk about an athlete’s “strong mental game.”
Olympians train their bodies.
What’s less obvious but equally true is that they also train their minds.
So, how does one develop such an elite mindset?
The same way they train their bodies.
No one who is at the top of their field ever thought, “I just don’t have what it takes.”
That is a fixed mindset.
An Elite Mindset says:
“I am not lacking ability, I just have to train more.”
“I didn’t lose. I learned.”
“I can train to build myself up to where I want to be.”
So, if you’re interested in building your own Elite Mindset, then you’re in the right place. Training the mental game is what I do.
Here is how you get to where you want to be:
Zach Sorensen is a former Major League Baseball Player with the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels. The 3x All-American at Wichita State has worked as a mental performance coach with the Texas Rangers and is currently serving in that capacity with the Atlanta Braves. He is also the best selling author of The Hard 90, How To Prepare, Compete and Progress in the Mental Game.
In this 2nd of a 3-part-podcast, Zach shares how baseball coaches can better coach the mental game in their players. You can engage with Zach through his website zsorensen.com and check out his book The Hard 90 on Amazon and his podcast The Hard 90.
In The Baseball Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Podcast With Cain & Casey, Brian Cain, creator of the Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Coaches Certification and one of the World’s most sought after MPM Coaches and Sean “The Mayor” Casey, one of baseball’s all-time best hitters talk about success strategies you can use both on and off the field.
In Episode #5 – Everyday Is Opening Day Cain & Casey are joined by former Major League Baseball Player and current Atlanta Braves Major League MPM Coach Zach Sorensen, MPM.
Cain, Casey and Sorensen discuss how to prepare for opening day and most importantly how to treat everyday as if it was opening day.
Zach Sorensen, MPM is a former Major League Baseball Player. The 3x All-American at Wichita State has worked as a mental performance coach with the Texas Rangers and is currently serving in that capacity with the Atlanta Braves. He is also the best selling author of The Hard 90, How To Prepare, Compete and Progress in the Mental Game. In this 1st episode of a 3-part-podcast series with Zach, he shares how Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Coaches can produce results in coaching the mental game in their players and staff.
Coaches must know how to establish a winning culture. Sure, you’ll have leaders on your team. But they will not rise to the occasion accidentally. They will fall to the level of leadership you establish. A winning culture starts with you. And therefore, it must start with your own self-awareness. Are you aware of all the skill sets required of champion coaches? If not, let me remind you in this article about How To Establish A Winning Culture.
We all know the outcome we want. To win. But, do you know the process it takes to reach your outcome? Process Over Outcome. It’s one of the pillars of my Mental Performance Certification Course; perhaps the most important one. A process over outcome mentality is the ability to stay focused on the journey without getting too caught up in the destination. The process is all of the little steps needed to reach your goal: meal prep, practices, strength and conditioning, wins along the way down to winning that pitch. But, getting our athletes to do the day-to-day mundane tasks necessary to reach their goals, even when they don’t feel like it is a challenge. Do you want to know a way to make it less of a challenge?
I don’t need to tell you how important discipline is. But, what a lot of coaches don’t know is that discipline is a muscle that can be trained. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Well, he’s just not disciplined enough.” When really, what should be said is “He Does Not Train For Discipline Enough.” The things we do everyday build patterns in our minds. Practice makes perfect, right? Well, then … we better be super aware of what we are practicing! Training. For Discipline. The elite teams who are headed to Omaha practice discipline. Many times a day. How do I know? Because I taught many of them how! Here is a sample of what I teach:
Talent doesn’t win championships because by the time you get to the championship game, everyone is talented. Effort wins championships. Effort comes from the knowledge that anyone can grow. Elite champions have elite mindsets and know that they can grow. As a coach, you need to develop an elite mindset, and you need to know how to coach your players to develop theirs.
In The Baseball Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Podcast With Cain & Casey, Brian Cain, creator of the MPM Coaches Certification and 30 Days to MPM Athletes Program and Sean “The Mayor” Casey, MLB Network Analyst and one of baseball’s all-time best hitters talk about success strategies you can use to master mental performance both on and off the baseball field. In episode #4 Cain and casey talk about maximizing your performance and creating your ideal life through process, structure and patience.
Bob Tewksbury is an icon in the field of mental performance in baseball. Largely considered one of the best control pitchers of all time and best mental performance coaches in the sport. He was a 1992 MLB All-Star and in the last century, no pitcher has a lower ratio of base on balls per innings pitched. “Tewks” had a playing career that spanned from 1986 to 1998 in which he racked up 812 strikeouts. After his career he went back to school at Boston University and earned a masters degree in applied sport psychology. He has worked as a mental performance coach with the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and currently serves in that capacity with the Chicago Cubs.
Are you committed to leading your team? Do your players trust you and are they committed to the process you’ve put in place? Staying committed to the process is a daily decision. You must decide everyday to stay the course. All the coaches and players headed to Omaha are committed to the process we put in place. Here is how they maintain their commitment:
All winning coaches and teams have clearly stated principles. The coaches with the most championship titles expect that the team’s principles are developed and demonstrated.
What are the core principles driving your player’s performances?
Where in your office or locker room do you advertise these principles?
Can your players quickly name these principles if I ask them?