“It’s game time, and the reason you do “your work” each day will be visible. You see, you’re going to have an Aha moment with this new teaching, because your performance improves every day. And before you know it, your teammates, coaches, and the competition will see the difference. “

Morning

Every morning you begin your day with the “Merge Visualization,” “Step-in Step-out,” or “Go to Level,” and with them make ten perfect swings.

Daily

You made changes to the contacts list on your smartphone. Each time that you receive a text or call, from coaches, teammates, or anyone on your top ten list, you will notice cue words or acronyms that will trigger and further anchor the hitting process in your mind; like QHQB, for Quick Hands Quick Bat, WABQ, Wait And Be Quick, or ATB, for Attack The Ball. You know that upon receiving a call or text, you take a deep breath, recite and feel the cue word or statement.

You do your best to heal and fuel your body by making the wise meal and snack choices, making sure never to take a pre-workout or energy drink that contains caffeine. You hydrate before, during, and after each practice. You know that 2% dehydration can mean as much as 10% of your performance.

Practice

It’s time for practice. The “Intentional Softball Player” doesn’t just show up to practice. You know that this is about having a competitive advantage. So on your way to practice, you’re already doing visualization drills. You begin to feel the energy ramp up. You cannot wait to hit today because you have the secret to improving your game. Teammates feed off of your energy.

You enter the clubhouse or locker room filled with that energy. You think of the best game you’ve ever played — you dynamic stretch and warm-up before entering the batting cage. Now, “I feel the Attitude. I know that I’m here for a purpose. “Every Swing Has A Purpose.” I feel my confidence growing with every practice swing.”

Time to hit. I walk to the batter’s box; I know as soon as I step in, I’ll feel it, “Swag.” The very reason I play this game is to feel this. I make every swing while feeling the best I have ever looked, best I have ever felt, and the best I have ever hit. I have a competitive advantage because I am an “Intentional Athlete.”

I step into the batter’s box. I take a big deep breath, reset my batting glove strap, and trigger the “anchor point” that Coach Mark taught me to load inside my wrist at the base of my glove hand. I instantly go to Swag. “Okay, let’s do this.” I feel strong and confident. Now, just like I’ve trained to do, I pull my perfect image by looking up and to the left with my eyes, do my box visualization (for ball recognition), focus on the release point of the pitcher, big breath, I repeat my cue phrase to myself. “Wait and be quick.”

I quickly see the ball, swing, and with a quick bat and perfect hands, rip the ball. I’m locked in. I picture and feel “Swag,” and I anchor that feeling and perfect swing by mentally repeating, “yes!” Feeling Swag, while tapping the inside wrist of my glove hand, or squeezing the bat firmly with my bottom hand each time the coach picks up another ball. Swag. Eyes and Repeat. He throws the next ball, “Right on it,” “Yes!” Feeling Swag “anchor.” Eyes and Repeat. Another thrown ball, and again I’m right on it. Again, I “anchor.”

I pull off the next ball, fouling it off. I look straight at the coach, chin parallel to the ground, look down and to the right with my eyes, repeat to myself the word “clear,” and just as though I were clearing a text message, picture in my mind that swing wiping clean. I take a big deep breath, reset my batting glove strap, and (trigger the anchor point) located on my inside wrist at the base of my glove hand. I instantly go to Swag. Eyes and Repeat. I see the next ball and rip it. Forty, Fifty or Sixty balls every BP, whatever the count is today; every ball hit with a purpose.

I look forward to BP tomorrow because I get to use the 3-2-1 hitting strategy of the tee. Way cool.

The purpose: Hit every ball, make every swing from the feeling of Swag, anchoring the good rhythms, and clearing the off swings. Training my mind and body to hit from a level 9 – 10, automatically. This high level of consistent performance becomes the norm. And because I focus on process, I can hit in any situation.

Every “intentional” action I take, combined with heightened senses and emotions, will accelerate the mastery of my craft. I am honoring my game by mastering the Physical (conditioning, stretching, and nutrition),  The Mental (Going to Level, Merging, Visualizing). Emotional (EFT, TFT, TATS, and other simply applied Behavioral Kinesiology techniques) that help eliminate any past injury fears and current doubts and fears, and Heart Coherence and Entrainment  (Cut-Through, Freeze Frame, and Pass-Through) additional tools that give me mastery over stressful situations that may try to creep into my game. I have a competitive advantage.

Bed Time

I “Go to Level,” and do “rewinds,” “Merge,” “Step-in Step-out” I make 10 perfect swings.

Play Ball

It’s game time, and the reason you do “your work” each day will be visible. You see, you’re not going to have an Aha moment with this new teaching, but your performance improves every day. And before you know it, your teammates, coaches, and the competition will see the difference. And all of that intentional, focused effort is now your new level of performance. You have mastered the “Art of Expectancy.” You know that you are a player that expects the best. You have the confidence to compete at the highest level. You don’t have to think about “it” during the game, you’ve hard-wired “it” to your mind and body. All you have to do now is allow “IT” to come through you.

On the way to the game or while getting dressed, I do my “Step in Step out” visualization. I can’t wait to get to the ballpark.

GameChanger

I’m “in-the-hole” and getting mentally ready to hit. I do the “Thymus Tap” and “Mastoid Process.” I begin stretching, and I feel that energy starting to ramp-up. I rub the fleshy side of my hand and repeat the “set up” phrase to myself. I take a deep breath. Now, I take off my cap and rub the “crown point,” the area, on the top of my head, then the inside “wrist point,” inside part of my wrist, at the bottom of the batting glove I head to the on-deck circle with Attitude. I feel it. I’m here with a purpose. I’m “locked-in.” Before I head to the batter’s box, I think of the best games or at-bats I’ve ever had. Watching the apposing pitcher throwing, I visualize boxing each pitch and ripping it.

Okay, let’s go. Heading to the plate; my Attitude is peaked, and I’m locked in. The best I have ever looked, the best I have ever felt, the best I have ever played.  I reach the batter’s box. First, I take a big deep breath, reset my batting glove strap (trigger my anchor point), and instantly I am at Swag. I flip my b–ch switch. “Okay, let’s do this.” I feel strong and confident. Now, just like I’ve trained to do, I pull my perfect image from up and to the left with my eyes, do box visualization (for ball recognition), focus on the release point of the pitcher, big breath, I repeat the cue phrase to myself. “Wait and be quick.” The pitch is delivered. It’s a called strike on the outside corner. I look straight ahead at the pitcher, with my chin parallel to the ground, I move my eyes down and to the right and say “clear.” I step out of the box and reset. I take a big deep breath, reset my batting glove strap (trigger my anchor point), and I’m instantly back to Swag. I pull my perfect image from up and to the left with my eyes, do box visualization (for ball recognition), focus on the release point of the pitcher, big breath, and repeat the cue phrase to myself. “Wait and be quick.”

This time, I drive the ball into the left-center field gap. I hustle to second base with a stand up double. I immediately say, “Yes!” feel Swag, and anchor it. No wasted swings. Every hit is anchored, which sets up success for the next swing and the next hit.

Is this a little different than what you do for your game today? Why? Please don’t leave your success to hope and chance. Become an “Intentional Athlete.” Do you know how to anchor your swings? Do you know the top 4 drills to improve your skills in less than 30 days? Do you know the six best exercises to train your softball physique? Do you know how to time your nutrition?

Do You Have a Competitive Advantage?

Thank you for spending time with me today. I hope that you have learned a new and useful way to approach the game you love to play. I perform about 80-100 free seminars to high schools and colleges each year. I guarantee results the very first time we meet. If you would like to learn more about Sedona Sports Performance, FHIT, and becoming an “Intentional Softball Athlete” please contact me.

Be Blessed,  Mark