Baserunner Rounding Third Base

Quiet Confidence

In his book, The Mental ABC’s of Pitching, H.A. Dorfman refers to confidence as a positive belief system.  A positive belief system is one in which you as a player know that you have put in the time, effort, and commitment to succeed.  You do not hope and wish to do well.  You know you will do well.  When you step on the field, it is just a matter of executing one pitch at a time.  You believe in your abilities because you have practiced and honed your swing in the cages and your change-up in the bullpen.  You do not let negative thoughts enter your mind.  And if you do, they are gone in an instant only to be replaced with visions of you dripping with sweat in the weight room working on becoming stronger, faster, and more agile.  The work has been done.  Now, it’s time to execute – to focus on the task at hand.  It’s just one pitch at a time.

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About The Author

Phil Tognetti, CSCS

Phil Tognetti, CSCS, is the founder and editor of The Full Windup. He has written the eBook ARMing for Success which teaches players and coaches how to set up a proper throwing program. You can learn more about him here and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.