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If you're a baseball fan, then you know players are pretty superstitious. Especially when they are on a streak. This is most interesting when a pitcher is six or seven innings into a no-hitter or a perfect game. They, and all the other players, start to act very carefully. They are afraid of messing up the string of good luck. I had a friend once. We were at the racetrack. We had chosen the sixth horse in the sixth race. Something had happened that day six times. We thought this meant we were GUARANTEED to win. But then RIGHT BEFORE the race started, that same thing (that had happened six times up till that point) happened a SEVENTH time. Of course, we LOST the race. My friend was absolutely CERTAIN the reason we lost was because of that seventh, last second event. Despite our strong affinity for our alleged logic and rationality, we can be incredibly illogical. It's very likely this helped us way back in the day. Making snap decisions, even if they are wrong, are very helpful in a harsh environment. Especially where ONE mistake can get you ejected from the gene pool. But life today is WAY more complicated. So we have WAY more chances of making erroneous connections. Now, when things like this happen at the racetrack, it's pretty funny. But if you are a pitcher and you've got a perfect game on the line, even though your rational mind may question the whole idea of luck, BEHAVING as if it exists may even be helpful. It helps you focus. It keeps your mind clear of external thoughts. But sometimes it has the opposite effect. Especially when we make FALSE connections between events. When we are young. From a time when we can't remember. This is EXTREMELY frustrating. We don't know HOW or WHY these beliefs were created. We don't even really know what they are. All we know is when we try and get certain things, we feel anxious, nervous, frustrated. Which makes it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get what we want. For a pitcher, these goofy beliefs can HELP. Since they are created in the moment, and can help in the moment. But since our beliefs were ideas put into our brains when we were very YOUNG, and still act as if they are valid, there doesn't seem much we can do. Turns out, though, that there is. Because all limiting beliefs have the same basic STRUCTURE. And when you take apart the structure, it will have a powerful effect. The result will be an elimination of anxiety and frustration. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/beliefchange/
In sports, a common saying is “leave it on the field.” Which means when you play a big game, you put in 100% effort. So when the game is over, you’ve given everything. This is a fantastic idea for sports. The problem with metaphors like this is when they are misapplied. For example, let’s say you wanted to walk across the room and talk to somebody. The “leave everything on the field” approach isn’t so appropriate. When you’re playing sports, especially an important game, winning is the ONLY thing. (Except maybe for little league...) Any team that loses the championship game and shrugs it off as a learning experience may be missing the point. Imagine your favorite team after losing the superbowl or the world series or the world cup. “Well, we didn’t win, but the important thing was we learned a lot about our capabilities and we tried some new plays which worked out pretty well.” Most people would be understandably angry. But this is an IDEAL response for anything that is NOT sports. In fact, not getting a hundred percent success rate is a very, very good thing. Paradoxically, when you DO get a hundred percent success in anything that is NOT sports, you won’t really know why. Which means you won’t learn much. Which means you won’t get much better. Which means your ONLY strategy is to “get lucky.” On the other hand, shooting for about an 60-70% success rate is perfect. Because everything that DOESN’T work is the best teacher. This hard to wrap your mind around for most people. Especially if ALL you can see is in a short term time frame. Which is why having a LONG term time frame is essential. So long as you see any interaction or event as ONE of many, on a continuous unfolding future, it’s much easier to accept feedback. The more you can accept ALL feedback, most importantly NEGATIVE feedback, the better you can improve. This is easy in the beginning of the baseball season, for example. There are always a lot of games still to be played. How, specifically, can you cultivate this mindset? By creating something called Horizon Goals. Undefined, but positive goals WAY out in the future. At a skill level much higher than you have now. So that any interaction in the present is more easily seen as PRACTICE. Once you see every interaction as partial practice for the next, continuous improvement is simple. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/deep-skills/
I understand football at the maxium level I know the ins and outs of football I know what it takes to play the maxiumum level I can play anywhere on the field. My talent is amazing. Stuff like that, Thoose are kind of examples. You can use your own ideas if you choose