Improve your Baseball Swing
Problems cause you to stretch, to see how good you really are. Your resume is like an athlete's highlights film. When baseball greats like Derek Jeter or Ken Griffey Jr. are renegotiating their contracts, what do you think their highlights films feature They put their problemsolving skills front and center. To demonstrate how good they are, do you think they are going to feature a segment where they make a routine play catching an easy ball hit weakly right at them I don't think so. They're going to show themselves stretching deep into the hole, as baseball people like to call it, or jumping impossibly high to snare a nearly hopeless catch. They are problem solvers they can stretch to
To better understand how these thinking tools work, let's look at the more tangible physical realm. There are some very basic physical tools that have helped people with achievement on that plane since time immemorial, body mechanics such as hip flexing, arm extending, and shoulder rotating, to name a few. Many of the top achievers in the physical realm, athletes, for instance, work with general physical trainers to hone these physical tools. For instance, baseball great Nomar Garciaparra (who, incidentally, used his version of my 180 Thinking tool to change his name from Ramon to Nomar, by spelling it backward), uses the same physical trainer as pro athletes in other sports. The trainer works on the basics of physical mechanics to maximize athletic performance. The trainer doesn't show Nomar how to throw a baseball better, but rather works on his mechanics and helps fine-tune his tools so that he can throw a baseball better.
A college professor demonstrated to his freshman classroom the lack of observational awareness in most people by staging a sham murder. As he began his class, a thin, small busted, white woman (5'11 ) in a T-shirt and jeans, wearing a baseball cap over short hair burst into the room and shouted, This is a joke. She carried a bow and quiver, but shot the professor with a blank pistol one time. She dropped the bow and quiver, and quickly left the room as the professor slumped to the floor. Through the classroom pandemonium, the professor arose from the floor seconds later, and visibly removed a mock arrow from a pretended wound in the side. After calming the class, he instructed them to write down the answers to the following questions
Hats come in virtually any color and dozens of shapes. There are neon colored baseball caps crowns colored sun visors straw, animal, western, alpine, clown, and derby hats and many more. Select one that adds to your theme or just fits your interest and go for it. Either pass them out at the entrance, or have them ready on tables before participants arrive.
Use your other hand in sports -- hitting a baseball or a tennis ball, throwing a football, shooting a basketball, etc. Practice stirring 2 cups of tea simultaneously, swirling 2 half filled glasses of water clockwise and counterclockwise, and bouncing two balls at the same time. Get used to the kinesthetic feeling of using the muscles of both your hands and arms together. Catch 2 balls thrown to you at the same time. Throw 2 paper wads at the same time into the same paper basket -- one underhand and the other overhand. Throw 2 darts simultaneously at a dart board with both hands. Write with both hands at the same time (review Exercise -- Writing Mirror Language ). Draw a butterfly, a vase or a geometric figure using both hands simultaneously, but keep practicing these exercises.
We often call this the creative sell success rate. In many ways, it is to people in business what batting average is to baseball players, what box office receipts are to the movie industry. I believe that an idea is not great if it doesn't ultimately see the light of day. That, to me, is like hitting a home run in batting practice. It doesn't count for anything. The real superstars in baseball are the players who do it in prime time, just as the real winners in any other industry are the people who have new ideas that actually become reality.
Ooraeone hands you an ordinary object. You must use it to demonstrate ten different things that the object might be. Example A fly swatter might be a tennis racket, a golf club, a fan, a baton, a drumstick, a violin, a shovel, a microphone, a baseball bat, or a canoe paddle. In some ways, this game is similar to punning, whereby you reach into your mental sound database and associate a sound word with something else like it in a humorous way.
If you refuse to quit, you must ultimately succeed. Just as in baseball, you won't ultimately hit a home run unless you keep on swinging. In 30 years of studying successful people, I have discovered one fact over and over. No one was ever defeated until they accepted defeat as a reality. No one can ever defeat you but yourself.
If you have to consciously think about what you are doing as you are using a skill, the skill development level is not very high. It is only when you can automatically do things does the skill level rise. If a baseball player had to think about the pitch that has just been made to him, and had to consciously follow the path of the ball, he would never be able to get the bat off his shoulder. The batter swings instinctively at the ball or instinctively lets it go by, if it is out of the strike zone. There is never time to make a decision. The reading skill is the same. If you have to consider any one of the skills you have to use while reading, you will never reach a high level of skill attainment. All the skills you have been exposed to and have practiced must be used easily and automatically. Each skill is separate, but nevertheless linked to the others. Yet one skill - that of RELAXATION - is the most critical of all. No skill, mental or physical, can be mastered without first...
To improve your basketball, use the basket as the center of a clock. Call out your position as the time of day before you shoot. For example, as you move to the side of the basket to shoot, say to yourself, I'm at 3 o'clock. Recite the 2's table while doing gymnastics, playing soccer or wrestling. When skiing, call out numbers to indicate the angle of your skis with the snow. Repeat an affirmation over and over while hitting a baseball or playing golf, like I'm getting better and better. Sing a tune while fencing or shooting skeet.
Certain sports like football, basketball and hockey require acute peripheral vision for superior performance (passing the ball, avoiding on rushers, etc.). Baseball and tennis players keep their focal vision on the ball as they use their peripheral vision and kinesthetic awareness to guide the bat or racket to the ball. Also, by avoiding tunnel vision and using your peripheral vision while driving your car, many accidents can safely be avoided.
Focused observations are extensive ones. They do not overlook vital pieces of information. In order to best understand the situations you face, you need to look at them from many angles and take in as much information as you can. For example, you are attending a major league baseball game. Your seat is on the third base line. The opposing team's best hitter is right-handed, and the first time he was at bat, he hit the ball into the stands a couple of rows in front of you where it barely missed another fan's head. With that observation in mind, what kind of attention will you pay to the game, especially when that hitter is at bat again If you are thorough, you won't just watch the scoreboard, or your team's outfielders. You will observe the batter hit the ball and watch to be sure you are not in harm's way (or that you are in the right place to catch a ball ).
It is important to understand how skills are developed. The process of attaining or developing a skill is always the same. The skill being developed could be anything from playing a musical instrument, driving a car, karate, hitting a baseball or reading. The common denominator in learning even the primary skills of crawling and walking, is practice. Every attempt made at a new skill is an experience recorded by the subconscious mind with the result that every attempt, whether successful or not, is a valuable learning experience. It is essential that you fail a few times on your quest for success at mastering a new skill. You would never have learned to crawl or walk if you had not kept trying after many failures. When a skill is finally mastered, it can be performed without conscious thought. Once you learned to ride a bicycle, you could do so easily without thinking about the skills required.
Nichols is an armless man that worked for the FBI. Using only his toes, he typed, drove an unmodified car with an automatic stick shift, pitched softball and did all his own household chores. Many armless individuals have learned to use typewriters and other machines and instruments with the dexterity of their feet alone
In the same way that similar body movements can be used for different activities (e.g., the hip motion used in hitting a baseball, swinging a golf club, or throwing a javelin), similar mind mechanics can be used in creating web sites, exploring medical cures, and improving retail customer service. That, of course, is why these tools are so universal and why they can be effective for you, no matter what field you are in.
Making broad generalizations and pigeonholing people has its limitations, particularly when trying to help people grow professionally and personally. I have serious reservations about typecasting people for life. If Hollywood had pegged Leslie Nielson only as a bad guy and never given him the opportunity to show his lighter side, we would not be the beneficiaries of one of the funnier actors of the big screen in the past 20 years. If baseball had kept Babe Ruth as the pitcher he started out to be, and he played in only every fourth or fifth game (as pitchers traditionally do), America's greatest pastime would have been cheated out of one of its great batting heroes.
Baseball For Boys
Since World War II, there has been a tremendous change in the makeup and direction of kid baseball, as it is called. Adults, showing an unprecedented interest in the activity, have initiated and developed programs in thousands of towns across the United States programs that providebr wholesome recreation for millions of youngsters and are often a source of pride and joy to the community in which they exist.