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Darrell Coulter
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Isn’t the Intensity unbelievable to watch in the MLB Playoffs.

You watch the best pitchers in the world take on the Pressure of carrying their team to the World Series.

A question I get a lot is how do they handle the pressure?  

Here is my take.

  1. Great Pitchers Acknowledge the Pressure.  They don’t pretend that it is not there.  They know what is at stake and focus on what they can control.
  2. Great Pitchers Embrace the Pressure.  The great pitchers want the responsibility of being on the mound.  They treasure the opportunity of pitching against the best players in the world.  They want the RING.
  3. Great Pitchers React Positively to the Pressure.  The great pitchers take the pressure and turn it into the ultimate competition.  The pressure is why they play the game.  Their motivation is clear, Just Win, period.
Mental Toughness is not just a personality trait.  It is developed over years of practice and the ability to learn from the failures we all will face.
Then the Great Pitchers take that knowledge and experience and use it to develop a plan for success.
Mentally Tough Pitchers
  • Trust Their Talent
  • Out Work Everyone
  • Are Psycho Competitive
  • Have a Winner’s Attitude
  • Are Students of the Game
These are just a few traits that make Great Pitchers Mentally Tough.
But know this,  With out
It Don’t matter how mentally tough you are.
TRUE Mental Toughness is when Your Confidence is Greater than Your Fears.
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October 19, 2011 – 6:48 pm
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“TRUE Mental Toughness is when Your Confidence is Greater than Your Fears.”

Great quote!

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October 20, 2011 – 3:26 am
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What’s the RING?

       

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Darrell Coulter
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It’s The Championship Ring.

It’s The World Series Ring.

It’s the Trophy.

It should be every pitchers goal.  If you ask any player that is playing in the playoffs right now what is the most important thing in the world I guarantee you they would all tell you the same thing.

It’s winning that World Series Ring.

You won’t hear about money, fame or multi-year contracts.

If you are ever going to be a great pitcher, your ultimate motivation has got to be to want to win.

Now the Work Ethic it takes to win, that’s all up to you. 

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Darrell,

     It's always hard to comment on your posts because they're so good I don't have anything to add.  The mental toughness quote at the end is a great one.  I think it was an actor I heard recently talking about performing – he said everyone feels fear, you just have surf the fear.  I like that, too. 

     Also, I love Augie Garrido.  Some of his quotes I keep in my notes:

  • Eliminate the fear and it's fun.
  • Eliminate the concern for results and it's fun.
  • Do your best – fail – then do your best again.
  • And my favorite – my coaches and I say this all the time:  Baseball screws everybody.

     Tony LaRussa said during the 12-6 win over the Brewers that played like a slow-pitch softball game that it “wasn't any fun”.  I know exactly what he means.  There's a sense of order in a game where your pitchers are shutting the other team down, whether your team is scoring or not you feel like you can find a way to win.  When every pitch your pitcher throws seems to be at risk and you have to just keep outscoring them, that's not my kind of baseball.  I always say there are two kinds of pitchers – pitchers who can get hitters out, and pitchers who have to hope the hitter gets himself out.  It's the difference between hoping and attacking with a plan.  That's why I love your posts so much. 

Well, as usual, I guess I added something anyway.  Great stuff.    

 

Big game for the Cards tonight.  The Rangers are very, very good.

Proud father of a U.S. Marine (HOME from Afghanistan)

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Excellent post. One thought I would like to add is one of the greatest coaches of all-time take on the subject, John Wooden. I won't go into detail on his Pyramid of Success, but I'd recommend it. In addition to your thoughts Darrell and Coach Robo, mental toughness is comparable to Competitive Greatness, which is “Performing at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.” Wooden's other blocks in the pyramid lead to competitive greatness and success, but this thread reminded me of that.

The Augue Garrido quotes are great. I didn't know those were his even though I've heard them before. Definitely going in the list of coaching maxims.

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Darrell does have some great posts here! My favorite quotes on mental toughness are:

  1. Winners never quit and quitters never win.
  2. If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
  3. If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

My all time favorite quote is:

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die

My favorite game time quote is:

Never Comfortable

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In honor of the late Al Davis:

 

“Just win, baby”!

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