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.
Go inside the mind of Bas Rutten, MMA Legend, UFC World Champion and UFC Hall of Fame fighter. The retired dutch MMA fighter, taekwondo black belt, muay thai kickboxer and professional wrestler was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of Pancrase world champion and finished his career on a unthinkable 22 fight unbeaten streak (21 wins, 1 draw). Fight Metrix, the official statistics provider for the UFC ran the numbers on Rutten’s career and statistically proved that he belongs not only in the UFC hall of fame, but near or on top of the list of greatest fighter of all time.
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:
Todd Cetnar, founder and CEO of Cetnar Consulting Group, has 25+ years leading strategic growth with prominent companies and sports teams across the globe. Today, Todd sits as a Vice President of Sales for a leading medical device company managing over $300M. Todd is a former professional basketball player and 3x Hall-of-Famer who played throughout Europe. Now, as a corporate executive, Todd combined the skillsets learned in both arenas to formulate the framework called the 3 Pillars of Elite Results.
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?
Earlier this week, the NCAA released the Division I Men’s College Baseball World Series Tournament Bracket. In the college baseball world this is more commonly known as “The Road to Omaha”. Tomorrow starts the regionals where 64 teams will compete in 16 different 4 team brackets, narrowing themselves down to the following weekends 8 super regionals where 16 teams will battle and give us the 8 teams who will compete in Omaha, Nebraska vying for the National Championship.
Every college baseball player dreams of this time of year and competing in the “The Road to Omaha”. But, in order to win, each team will have to treat these regional and super regional games like any other game or practice.
Nothing special. Even though it’s crazy special. Why? Because champions…
In episode 3, Cain and Carp discuss the mindset of playing to avoid double bogey vs. going for birdie and the difference that this mindset shift can make in your scoring. They also discuss how making committed swings to conservative targets can completely lower your handicap and help you to GO LOW.
For 98 Days, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, identify what you are wanting to START doing, STOP doing and CONTINUE doing to help you close the gap from where you are to where you want to be?
In April I had the opportunity to caddy for a golfer on the Korn Ferry Tour. It was challenging and at times uncomfortable for me. But, that’s a big reason why I LOVED it. You see, I’ve been a mental performance coach for high school, collegiate and professional level athletes of all sports for over twenty years. And the number one thing I have learned is that it’s easier to understand the athletes I work with when I walk in their shoes to the greatest extent that I’m able. This means walking next to them, hearing, seeing, and feeling it all. The distracting noises, the tense silences, the sometimes debilitating self-talk.