So the next game I paid closer attention to how our coach talked with the girls. We had a player who had been struggling at the plate. She hadn’t put a ball in play in over 6 games. Again, the team needed a hit and the girl knew that we needed a hit. I could hear parents yelling at her, “We need this hit” like the player didn’t know the importance of the moment. Again, I saw our coach call timeout and go up to her. His words exactly were, “There is nobody better hitting at this moment.”
Now most would say he was just being positive. However, I believe there was a lot more to the context of that statement. First, he said there is nobody better. Second he didn’t use the word “batting”. He used the word “hitting”. I knew he was on to something.
So is your glass half-empty or half-full? It’s an age-old question about positive thinking and can even affect your health. Optimism and pessimism doesn’t just affect your daughter’s softball performance, but can affect many areas of your health and well-being. It is a key part of effective stress management.
Now positive thinking doesn’t mean that you stick your head in the sand and ignore the gravity of the situation. It just means that you approach the moment in a positive and productive way. Believe the best will happen! Positive thinking starts with self-talk. It is an endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These thoughts can be positive or negative.
Here are some softball suggested positive self-talk strategies:
- I am going to hit the ball to this location on the field.
- I am a hitter.
- I am a great (insert position) and can't wait to make this play.
- I choose to hit the ball today.
- I am confident in my abilities.
- I love facing great players so I can show just how good I am.
- I belong on the field.
- I am going to (insert what you will do) before each play whether you are pitching, fielding, or hitting.