David’s Baseball Lesson No 6:
Watch Out For Your Ego Mind
From the lessons you now have read and put into practice, I am hoping you have experienced how powerful seeing the ball correctly is, how breathing helps, and how it helps when relaxing the muscles that you don’t need while using the proper tension of the muscles you do need.
Have you noticed that maybe you are not making these Core Principles as important anymore? Or have you forgotten to work on these concepts altogether?
This seems to be a natural progression for most of us because the “ego mind” does not want to be so far out of the picture. It will constantly sneak in and tell you that it knows better than you do about how to play well.
If you have used these three concepts in your play and saw the immediate improvement, then you know this thought is not true.
My point is that if you found you played better when you used these concepts, then don’t you think using them more and more and getting better and better at letting your body learn and figuring out how to hit the ball the way you want to and how to throw and catch better than before is the way to go?
So, how do you deal with this Ego Mind? First of all, you need to just not believe the Ego Mind when it says that it needs to control your body in order to hit the ball when at bat or throw more accurately or more consistently or that this stuff doesn’t work.
Then you need some strategies that will help you keep letting go and letting your body play and learn.
One of these strategies is that you just keep on focusing on the four concepts given to you NO MATTER WHAT your Ego Mind says. In case you don’t remember what these four things are, here they are again.
Consciously seeing the ball
Relaxing the body properly
Reprogram when you make an error or strike out too many times. If you don’t know how to reprogram, it can be found in my book, Playing Zen-Sational Baseball.
However, I find that most people who have taken lessons need some additional help, and this is why I created my book and the course. When you read my book, you will be helping yourself override the Ego Mind.
Either reading my book or re-reading these lessons should help you stay focused on the things that allow you to play well every time.
And please, always keep in mind that this way of playing is a process and you will not one day “just do it” perfectly. You will be constantly learning more and more about yourself and how you can play better and better no matter your age. At the time of writing this, I am 69 years old and I am still learning things, and although I can’t move as well, my tennis is still getting better in a lot of areas.
So, please keep reading these lessons over and over so you can make sure you stay on the road to playing what I believe to be the only way to play. A way that is fun and exciting because you will always be improving, and of course, you will be helping your team win more games, and feeling good about it all.
Just don’t let your Ego Mind tell you otherwise.