Pitching seems so easy watching Madison Bumgarner do his thing from the comfort of your living room couch.
When you watch him, you can’t help but think, why not me.
I have talent, I throw pretty hard, if I only knew what he knows. He must have a secret.
But the real issue is, not your physical ability, it’s you won’t take any action.
Even when you know your biggest challenge is just taking that first step that you need to take, you hesitate.
You’re afraid that you might make the wrong choice, not do the right drill or learn the perfect pitch.
The truth is, we all have these thoughts from time to time.
But the fact is, it’s the little things that separates a Major League Pitcher from you.
3 Things that Madison Bumgarner has, that you probably don’t yet.
- Self-Motivation. He knows that desire, determination and discipline can’t from anyone but yourself. It takes a deep, competitive spirit to make it through the trials, setbacks and failures you’re guaranteed to encounter before you spend one day in the big leagues. Only the mentally strong survive. This is where most pitchers get off the bus. It’s hard to stay positive, but you have no choice, don’t ever forget that.
- Self-Awareness. He knows it takes time and patience to learn what you can control and can’t control. When your struggling it’s easy to make excuses or blame others around you. But the fact is excuses and blame aren’t going to get you to the Major Leagues and Major League Pitchers know that they won’t be there long if that’s their mindset.
- Self-Confidence. He knows that confidence doesn’t come from physical skills, it comes from intentional practice habits and focused preparation routines. You have to have faith mentally and trust emotionally before you will ever have the confidence physically. He knows the Mind is in control of the Body. You have to practice being confident and then go pitch like you believe you are the best in the world.
Sounds simple enough.
Then why don’t you do it?
The truth… It’s probably fear.
For most young pitchers it does come from fear.
The fear of uncertainty
The fear of failure
The fear of being laughed at
The fear of being wrong
There are so many choices to make.
For example, there are hundreds of pitching philosophies taught by some well meaning coaches, but you want to know a secret?
Every Major League pitcher is different. They all have their own philosophy that works for them.
This is no cookie cutter approach, tactic, strategy or magic formula.
There is no perfect mechanics, or pitch, or workout, or strength & conditioning program or mental trick to confidence.
90% of a Major League pitcher’s success comes from good ole fashion HARD WORK.
That’s right, hard work. They test everything, track everything and tweak as needed.
Major League pitchers don’t do anything by accident, everything they do has a purpose.
How about you?
- Do you know why you practice what you practice?
- Are you constantly testing and tracking to see what works for you?
- Are you continuing to learn and grow as a pitcher everyday?
When Major League Pitchers are training they’re deliberate and intentional in every aspect of their pitching plan.
They know without focused practice habits and specific preparation they’ll never dominate Major League hitters.
What about you?
You can’t just do the things that are fun. You can’t just show up on game day and expect to be dominating.
It takes hard work, patience and perseverance to become a Major League pitcher.
Major League Pitchers are committed to all of it.
The Good, The Bad and Doing what most pitchers on this earth won’t.
The problem, it’s easier to sit on the couch bragging about how you dominated in the Little League games.
You must commit to all of it.
You can’t just talk about greatness, you have to take action to make things happen, everyday.
That means adopting a mindset of mentally, emotionally and physically taking care of yourself.
That means not just dreaming about the Major Leagues, but doing everything possible in order to get there.
I’m not talking about cheating or taking high risk insane shortcuts. Like the losers of the past.
I’m talking about doing what the average weak minded coach potato wannabe will NEVER do, even when everyone thinks your crazy.
This ain’t about the money
It’s also not about the fame.
It’s about everything you ever want to be.
It’s about understanding that becoming a Major League Pitcher doesn’t happen because you’re born that way.
It’s about learning pitching fundamentals, developing intentional practice habits & focused preparation routines and the competitive visualization to pitch under extreme pressure in the biggest games.
It’s about living for the next challenge.
It’s about chasing your Major League dream with passion, patience and perseverance.
I know, it blows the theory of the Natural out of the water…
But if you want to pitch in the Major Leagues some day, it will soon make perfect sense.
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